1969 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
2 23
Bert Wilson
Selected by New York from London (OHA)
New York Rangers London Knights
Bert Wilson

6-foot-0, 178 pounds

Left-hand shot

Left Wing

Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1967-68London OHA 45 8 3 11 94
1968-69 London OHA 54 13 19 32 160

Pre-Draft Notes

Member of London Nationals team that was renamed London Knights in 1968.
Canadian • Born October 17, 1949 in Orangeville, Ontario • Hometown: Shelburne, Ontario • Died February 28, 1992

Career Vitals

First contract: 1969
Debut: February 27, 1974
(N.Y. Rangers vs. Vancouver)
Final NHL game: April 16, 1981 (playoffs)
(Calgary at Philadelphia)
Retired: October 1983
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 14 (N.Y. Rangers); 11 (St. Louis);
8 (Los Angeles); 8 (Calgary)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Calgary
Years: 1974-1981. Playoffs: 1976-1981

Regular Season
8 years 478 37 44 81 646
Stanley Cup Playoffs
5 years 21 0 2 2 42
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Played on 1969-70 Omaha team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Won both the CHL Adams Cup with Omaha and AHL Calder Cup with Buffalo in 1970. He appeared in only one playoff game for Buffalo -- having not been with the team during the regular-season -- during the playoff run with Omaha. ... Played on 1970-71 Omaha team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Omaha in 1971. ... Led Los Angeles with 127 penalty minutes in 1977-78. ... Named Los Angeles' Most Aggressive Player for 1977-78 -- the award's first winner. ... Played on 1981-82 Salt Lake team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Voted "Mr. Hustle" by Salt Lake (CHL) fans for 1981-82. .. Inducted posthumously as one of the charter members of the Shelburne & District Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Transaction History

June 18, 1975 -- Traded by N.Y. Rangers with Ted Irvine and Jerry Butler to St. Louis in exchange for Bill Collins and John Davidson. March 6, 1976 -- Traded by St. Louis with NHL rights to Curt Brackenberry to Los Angeles for future considerations (cash). June 6, 1980 -- Traded by Los Angeles with Randy Holt in exchange for Garry Unger. Nov. 1, 1981 -- Signed with St. Louis as an unrestricted free agent.

Significant Injuries

Missed part of 1980-81 season with elbow infection that led to hospitalization in February 1981. ... Missed remainder of 1981 playoffs with eye injury, suffered when hit by a stray stick in what would prove to be his final NHL game -- Game 1 of a second-round playoff series on April 16, 1981, at Philadelphia.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Bertwin Hilliard Wilson
Nickname: "Belting Bert"

Other Post-Draft Teams: Omaha (CHL); Buffalo (AHL); Providence (AHL); Salt Lake (CHL)

Career Beyond Hockey: Died of stomach cancer at age 42.


Selected by Los Angeles Sharks in 1972 WHA Draft, the first-ever WHA Draft, in February 1972. Selected by New England Whalers in 1973 WHA draft of established professional players. Finished second in AHL with 200 penalty minutes for Providence in 1973-74. Played in 1974 Calder Cup Finals with Providence, scoring 11 points in 15 playoff games.
Worked on his family's farm in Shelburne, Ontario, during off-seasons of his playing days. Was member of first Calgary Flames team in 1980-81 after team relocated from Atlanta. Attended Edmonton's 1981 training camp on tryout basis but did not make the team. Considered retiring in 1981 until offered contract by Emile Francis to sign with St. Louis.
Total Selected: 84
Forwards: 58
Defense: 18
Goaltenders: 8
Major Junior: 68
College Players: 8
Canadian: 78
Euro-Canadian: 1
American: 4
European: 1
Reached NHL: 49
Won Stanley Cup: 10
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 7
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 11


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