1970 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
2 17
Buster Harvey
Selected by Minnesota from Hamilton (OHA)
Minnesota North Stars Hamilton Red Wings
Buster Harvey

6-foot-0, 180 pounds

Right-hand shot

Right Wing

Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Fredericton NBJHL 4 2 4 6 2
1968-69Hamilton OHA 49 23 28 51 30
1969-70 Hamilton OHA 54 26 34 60 39

Pre-Draft Notes

Named to OHA All-Star Second Team with Hamilton in 1969-70.
Canadian • Born April 2, 1950 in Fredericton, N.B. • Hometown: Fredericton, N.B. • Died Nov. 25, 2007

Career Vitals

First contract: 1970
Debut: October 18, 1970
(Minnesota at Detroit)
Final NHL game: February 12, 1977
(Detroit at Minnesota)
Retired: 1978
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 26, 18 (Minnesota); 8 (Atlanta);
22 (Kansas City); 27 (Detroit)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Minnesota, Atlanta, Kansas City, Detroit
Years: 1970-1977. Playoffs: 1971-1973

Regular Season
7 years 407 90 118 208 131
Stanley Cup Playoffs
3 years 14 0 2 2 8
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Pre-Draft Highlights

Played defense for much of his minor hockey career. ... Won the Jake Budovitch Trophy as Fredericton's Athlete of the Year in 1964. ... Played for his hometown Fredericton Midget AAA team in 1964-65 and 1965-66. ... Led the New Brunswick Midget league in both goals (33) and points (55) over 25 games with Fredericton in 1965-66 . ... Played for Halifax in Maritime senior league in 1966-67, scoring 23 goals and 74 points in 53 games. ... Won Canadian Maritime Championship with Halifax in 1967. ... Played for Halifax in the 1967 Memorial Cup tournament. ... Played for Fredericton's junior and senior teams in 1967-68, scoring two goals and 10 points in six games with senior team. He also spent part of the season with Halifax's junior team, but lost many weeks waiting for release from Halifax, which came on Jan. 25, 1968. ... Played for both Fredericton and Halifax in 1968 Memorial Cup tournament. ... Led Hamilton with 60 points in 1969-70.

Career Highlights

Scored game-winning goal for Minnesota in third period of 2-1 win over Chicago in his fourth NHL game on Oct. 28, 1970. ... Finished second in AHL in goals (41) and points (95) with Cleveland in 1971-72. ... Named to AHL All-Star Second Team with Cleveland in 1971-72. ... Played eight regular-season games for Kansas City (franchise that became New Jersey Devils) in team's inaugural 1974-75 season. ... Played on 1976-77 Kansas City team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Kansas City in 1977. ... Inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Transaction History

May 27, 1974 -- Traded by Minnesota with Jerry Byers to Atlanta in exchange for John Flesch and Don Martineau. Oct. 13, 1975 -- Traded by Atlanta to Kansas City in exchange for Richard Lemieux and 1977 second-round pick (Miles Zaharko). Jan. 14, 1976 -- Traded by Kansas City to Detroit in exchange for Phil Roberto. The trade took place right before a game between the two teams in Detroit.

Significant Injuries

Missed remainder of 1970-71 regular season and start of 1971 playoffs with knee injury, suffered during Minnesota's Feb. 3, 1971, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed part of 1972-73 season with dislocated shoulder, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Nov. 15, 1972, game at Pittsburgh. He did not return until Minnesota's Dec. 6, 1972, game at Montreal. ... Had off-season surgery in summer of 1974 to tighten ligaments in shoulder, a problem which had hampered him throughout 1973-74 season.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Frederick John Charles Harvey
Nickname: "Buster"
Also Known as: Fred Harvey

Other Post-Draft Teams: Cleveland (AHL); Kansas City (CHL); Philadelphia (AHL)

Coaching Career: Served as Fredericton (NBJHL) head coach in 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.

Career Beyond Hockey: Returned to Fredericton after his retirement and was a partner in Fredericton Sports Investment Ltd., the group that initially owned the Fredericton Junior Red Wings team that he had coached for the first two seasons after he ended his playing career. After the NBJHL folded, the company continued managing funds to benefit the local minor-hockey community. ... Passed away after an eight-month battle with cancer at age 57. In 2008, the inaugural Buster Harvey PeeWee AAA Memorial Tournament was held in Fredericton. The annual event showcases top minor hockey talent from the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as the state of Maine.


Selected by Ottawa Nationals in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Grew up in New Brunswick as the son of a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Roomed with Bob Nevin on road trips for Minnesota during 1972-73 season. Played on line with Lou Nanne and Bill Goldsworthy for Minnesota in 1972-73.
Was one of seven Minnesota players to score at least 20 goals in 1972-73 (career-high 21). Worked as an instructor at hockey school in Fredericton during off-seasons of his playing days. Named to Fredericton Sports Investment's Fredericton Wall of Fame in 1992. Fredericton's Grant-Harvey Centre arena is named in honor of Harvey and Danny Grant.
Total Selected: 115
Forwards: 67
Defense: 36
Goaltenders: 12
Major Junior: 87
College Players: 18
Canadian: 109
Euro-Canadian: 0
American: 6
European: 0
Reached NHL: 62
Won Stanley Cup: 12
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 11
Year-end All-Star: 4
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 13


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