Here's a real oldie. In 1965 the Als got 4 players who were protected for them in territorial rights that graduated from American universities that were to play for them that year giving the Als great hopes.
They were flankers Terry Evanshen and Mike Gibbon, offensive lineman Bill Danychuk, and defensive HB and backup punter Larry Fairholm.
Evanshen played in 1965 for the Als, won the eastern rookie award (Gruen trophy), then got traded to Calgary in 1966 for DT Tony Pajaczowski, where Evanshen became a star. We got Evanshen again from 1970 to 1973.
Bill Danychuk never played for us a we lost him to Hamilton in a trade or territorial dispute. I can't remember which. He played for Hamilton for over 10 years. A big loss for us.
Mike Gibbon played with us from 1965 to 1969 and was merely average at best with periods of mediocrity.
Larry Fairholm was an Al from 1965 to 1973, was an all-star and the defensive captain. I always felt he was that important to us that his number should have been retired.
Have I jogged any memories ??