by Stan Cooper
Doug Favell, the promising young goaltender with the Philadelphia Flyers, had his professional lacrosse career shortened last week by his hockey employers. Philadelphia was the only club to grant a player permission to play in the new National Lacrosse Association.
When other members of the Flyers requested permission to sign on with baseball and lacrosse teams, general manager Bud Poile changed his mind about Favell’s lacrosse and ordered the player to finish the game with the Detroit Olympics and resign from the squad.
During just eight games with the Olympics, Favell scored 13 goals and assisted on six others for 19 points, good for eighth spot in the NLA scoring race. Olympics coach Jim Bishop credited the team’s 7-1 record to Favell’s hustle and team spirit, carried over from the Western Division Flyers.
Bud Polie’s decision to end Favell’s career might have something to do with an item reported some weeks ago while trade talks filled the NHL air. Polie stated at that time that he was interested in trading one of his young goalkeepers, Favell or Bernie Parent, for a high-scoring forward.
With the intra-league draft scheduled for Wednesday, hockey experts have given strong indications that one of the Flyers’ goalkeepers will be traded to Toronto for either Dave Keon, Bob Pulford or Mike Walton.
(Nanaimo Daily News, June 10, 1968)