1964 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
2 9
Tim Ecclestone
Selected by New York from Etobicoke (OHA Junior B)
New York Rangers Etobicoke Junior B
Tim Ecclestone

5-foot-10, 180 pounds

Right-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Statistics unavailable

Pre-Draft Notes

Teammate of Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden on the 1963-64 Etobicoke team.
Canadian • Born September 24, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario • Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Career Vitals

First contract: 1967
Debut: November 26, 1967
(St. Louis at New York)
Final NHL game: April 11, 1978
(Atlanta vs. Detroit) (playoffs)
Retired: 1978
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 14 (St. Louis); 17 (Detroit); 16 (Toronto); 14 (Atlanta)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: St. Louis, Detroit, Toronto, Atlanta
Years: 1967-1978. Playoffs: 1968-1978

Regular Season
11 years 692 126 233 359 344
Stanley Cup Playoffs
6 years 48 6 11 17 76
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Named to OHA All-Star Second Team with Kitchener in 1966-67. ... Played on first St. Louis Blues team. ... Played on St. Louis teams that went to Stanley Cup Finals of 1968, 1969, and 1970. ... Named St. Louis' Most Improved Player in 1969-70. ... Represented St. Louis in the 1971 NHL All-Star Game. ... Had assist on Atlanta's final goal of 1977-78 regular season, scored by Bobby Simpson at Washington on April 9, 1978. The game was also the last regular-season game of his NHL career.

Transaction History

June 6, 1967 -- Traded by New York with Gary Sabourin, Bob Plager and Gord Kannegiesser to St. Louis in exchange for Rod Seiling immediately following the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft in which the Blues selected Seiling from the Rangers' roster. At the time of the trade, Ecclestone still had one season of major-junior eligibility remaining. Feb. 6, 1971 -- Traded by St. Louis to Detroit with Red Berenson in exchange for Garry Unger and Wayne Connelly. Nov. 28, 1973 -- Traded by Detroit to Toronto in exchange for Pierre Jarry. Nov. 2, 1974 -- Traded by Toronto with Bill Brossart to Washington in exchange for Rod Seiling. Nov. 2, 1974 -- Traded by Washington to Atlanta in exchange for future considerations (cash).

Significant Injuries

Missed first three games of 1970-71 season with hairline fracture in ankle, suffered in St. Louis' training camp in September 1970. ... Missed part of 1971-72 season with hairline fracture in right foot, suffered in Detroit's Jan. 29 game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1975-76 season with sprained ligaments in knee, an injury suffered during Atlanta's Jan. 15 game vs. St. Louis. He did not return to action until Atlanta's Feb. 6 game vs. Chicago. ... Missed two game during the 1976-77 season with an unspecified leg injury. ... Missed most of 1977-78 season with stretched ligaments in right knee, suffered during Atlanta's Oct. 21 game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until Atlanta's Feb. 7 game at Vancouver.

Other Key Facts

Full Name: Timothy James Ecclestone

Other Post-Draft Teams: Etobicoke (Jr. B); Kitchener (OHA); Kansas City (CHL); Tulsa (CHL).

Coaching Career: Served as Atlanta assistant coach while on team's injured list in 1977-78. ... Named Atlanta assistant coach upon his retirement prior to 1978-79 season and remained in position until team relocated to Calgary on June 24, 1980.

Career Beyond Hockey: Remained in the Atlanta area after retirement as part owner of sports bar named Timothy-John's Restaurant and Lounge in Sandy Springs, Ga. He had opened the restaurant during his years as a Flames assistant coach and was involved in running it until 1989. In 1990, he opened his own popular restaurant and bar, called T.J.'s Sports Bar and Grill, in Alpharetta, Ga.

Family: Nephew of legendary Canadian softball pitcher Cam Ecclestone.


Selected by Ottawa Nationals in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Was on the ice for St. Louis when Bobby Orr scored Stanley-Cup winning OT goal in 1970. Played on a line with Dave Keon for Toronto during 1973-74 season. Killed penalties alongside Bill Clement for Atlanta in 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons.
Worked in a Toronto hockey school in off-seasons of his playing days.. Worked in his family's dry-cleaning business during off-seasons of his playing days. Was a personal friend of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel during playing days. Near-scratch handicap in golf during playing days; member of Toronto St. George's golf club.
Total Selected:24
Position n/a:2
Major Junior:0
College Players:0
Euro-Canadian: 1
Reached NHL:9
Won Stanley Cup:1
Hall of Fame:1
All-Star Game:3
Year-end All-Star:1
Picks Traded:0

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