Hockey: First Fatality

The game was 4 min. old when Bill Masterton, 29-year-old center for the Minnesota North Stars, sped across the blue line toward the Oakland Seals's goal. A first-year man in the National Hockey League, Masterton drove to within 25 ft. of the Oakland net, then flipped a pass to Wing Wayne Connelly. Most of the fans, players and officials in the Bloomington, Minn., arena were too busy following the puck to see exactly what happened to Masterton next. Only a few watched his skates slip out from under him as he toppled backward....

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