1971 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Toronto from Toronto (OHA)
5-foot-10, 165 pounds
Hockey News Pre-Draft Ranking: 21
Ranked fifth in OHA in assists and tied for seventh in points for
Toronto in 1970-71.
Canadian • Born December
6, 1951 in London, England • Hometown:
NEVER PLAYED IN NHL
- Played on line with Steve Vickers and George Shields for Markham (Jr. B) in 1968-69.
- Had two goals for Markham in 1969 Metro
Junior B All-Star Game vs. league All-Stars on Jan. 22, 1969.
Played on an all-rookie line with Steve Vickers and Graham Wise for
Toronto (OHA) in 1969-70.
- Selected by Quebec
Nordiques in 1971 WHA General Player Draft, the first draft in
league history, in February 1972.
Played for Team Canada at 1972 World University Games in Lake
- Named to CIAU All-Canadian Team with Loyola in 1971-72.
All-QUAA First Team with Loyola in 1971-72.
WHA rights sold by Quebec to Ottawa in July 1972.
Signed WHA contract with Ottawa on Aug. 3, 1972.
- Played on first Ottawa Nationals team in WHA's inaugural
1972-73 season and played for Ottawa in the WHA"s first game on Oct.
11, 1972, vs. Alberta.
- Was a reserve player on
Team Canada squad for 1974 WHA Summit Series vs. Soviet Union. He
practiced with team and played in pre-series exhibition games, but did not appear in any
of the series' games.
- Sent by Toronto (WHA) to Calgary (WHA) on March 3, 1976,
to complete Feb. 26, 1976, deal in which Calgary traded Wayne Wood
to Toronto in exchange for future considerations.
- Released by Calgary (WHA) in September 1976 and signed
with Birmingham (WHA) as an unrestricted free agent.
- Traded by Birmingham (WHA) with Tom Simpson to Edmonton (WHA) in exchange for Tim Sheehy on Dec. 6, 1976.
Played in every WHA season from 1972-73 through 1976-77 without ever
missing a game due to illness or injury.
- Missed part of 1977-78 season with broken ankle, suffered while playing for Philadelphia (AHL).
Post-Draft Teams: Loyola (QUAA); Phoenix (WHL);
Ottawa/Toronto, Calgary, Birmingham, Edmonton (WHA); Philadelphia (AHL);
Rockton/Flamborough (OHA Sr.)
Education: Attended Loyola
College in Montreal, which later became part of Concordia.
Career Beyond Hockey: Returned
to the Toronto area and went to work as an executive for Molson
Breweries after his retirement, remaining with the company for nearly 30
years. In 2011, he retired from Molson at age 60 and two years later opened two Keg Steakhouse and
Bar franchises in Ontario.
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