March 5, 1967: Portending a run of the Seattle Totems back-to-back WHL championships, star Guyle Fielder piled up three goals and two assists in the final 20 minutes of a win
By: Art Thiel
Even for Totems star Guyle Fielder, the most prolific scorer in Seattle pro hockey history, it was quite the game. In the third period against the Los Angeles Blades in the Coliseum, he had what many Western Hockey League players would have considered a great week: Three goals and two assists.
The arc of Fielder’s career suggested no one should have been surprised at the explosion, even at age 36.A 5-foot-9, 160-pounder, his combination of speed, quickness and superlative eye-hand coordination led him to six Most Valuable Player awards in the then-pro Western Hockey League. He paced Seattle in scoring in 13 of his 15 Totems seasons. He led the WHL in goals nine times and assists 13 times.“Golden Guyle” was the Russell Wilson of his day: a durable, every-game magician who played in 1,127 games in a Seattle uniform (including with three defunct Seattle teams of the
Pacific Coast Hockey League—the Ironmen, Bombers and Americans), scoring 347 goals and 1,169 assists, all-time minor league records.
Fielder acquired a strong handful of those points in an early spring 1967 night against the LA Blades that drew 5,404 to the arena at Seattle Center.
The second-place Totems were up 3-1 as the final period opened; Fielder had been scoreless. Eighteen seconds in, he changed that with his first goal. Twelve seconds later, he struck again with a second score. At that point, up 5-1, coach Bill MacFarland figured he should rest his star. It lasted two minutes.
Fielder returned to assist on a goal at 14:02, then bagged another at 15:10. The hat trick was completed with his third goal at the 17:37 mark, the score putting him up 86-85 over Portland’s Art Jones in the WHL scoring race. Fielder’s teammate, Larry Lund, also had a hat trick in the 10-2 rout of the sixth-place Blades.
The game was a glimpse of the dominance of Fielder and the Totems, who would go on that spring to win their first WHL title since 1959, and the first of two in a row, the high point of the Totems legacy in Seattle.
Fielder played his last season for the Totems in 1968-69, still leading the club at age 38 in both assists (74) and points (94). He played for Salt Lake and Portland before retiring after the 1972-73 season.