1971 NHL Entry Draft Pick
Round Overall
4 56
Dave Hynes
Selected by Boston from Harvard (ECAC)
Boston Bruins Harvard Crimson
Dave Hynes

5-foot-9, 182 pounds

Left-hand shot

Left Wing

Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Browne&Nichols Mass.HS 16 52 28 80 --
1969-70 Harvard fresh. ECAC 21 48 -- -- --
1970-71 Harvard ECAC 27 26 26 52 16

Pre-Draft Notes

Scored 48 goals in 1969-70 on a line with Bob McManama and Steve Harris.
American • Born April 17, 1951 in Cambridge, Massachusetts • Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.

Career Vitals

First contract: April 27, 1973
Debut: January 31, 1974
(Boston vs. Atlanta)
Final NHL game: December 28, 1974
(Boston at Vancouver)
Retired: 1978
Stanley Cup: Never won
Number: 27

Career NHL Statistics

Team: Boston
Year: 1974. Playoffs: None

Regular Season
2 years 22 4 0 4 2
Stanley Cup Playoffs
0 years 0 0 0 0 0
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Pre-Draft Highlights

Played at the all-boys Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass, before entering Harvard in 1969. He scored 16 goals and 18 assists for the varsity team as an eighth-grader in 1964-65. ... Scored 38 goals and 14 assists as a high school freshman in 1965-66. ... As a high school senior, he once scored six goals in a game. ... Turned down offer from Montreal to join the OHA Junior Canadiens so that he could attend Harvard. ... Won ECAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award with Harvard in 1971 after scoring hat trick in championship-game victory over Clarkson.

Career Highlights

Also played right wing during his pro career. ... Turned down chance to play on 1972 U.S. Olympic team just before start of Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, so he would not have to miss games at Harvard or take his final exams in Japan. The team went on to win a silver medal. ... Named to NCAA All-America East First Team with Harvard in 1971-72. ... Named to ECAC All-Star Second Team with Harvard in 1971-72. ... Named to Ivy League All-Star First Teamwith Harvard in 1971-72. ... Played on Team USA squad that competed in the 1972 IIHF World Championship Group B tournament in Bucharest, Romania, helping team to second-place finish with six goals in seven games. ... Left Harvard in 1973 ranked third in school history for both career goals (64) and points (140). ... Shared Boston University Honored Opponent Award with his Harvard linemates in 1972-73, despite having already left school. ... Played on Team USA squad that competed in the 1973 IIHF World Championship Group B tournament at Graz, Austria. He led the entire tournament with nine goals and added six assists in seven games, helping the Americans finish second. ... Became the first former Harvard hockey player since George Owen in 1933 to play for the Boston Bruins when he made his NHL debut in 1974. ... Scored his first NHL goal to open the scoring in Boston's 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Nov. 12, 1974. The goal, scored at 4:59 of the first period against Blues goalie John Davidson, was assisted by Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk and Gregg Sheppard. ... Became the first Rochester (AHL) player to score five goals in a game in a 13-1 home win over New Haven on Jan. 17, 1975. He scored his five goals on six total shots, beginning with a goal 12 minutes into the first period. ...  He added goals at 5:29 of the second period, 16:44 of the second, 0:50 of the third, and 1:07 of the third. His five goals surpassed the former team record of four shared by three players. Hynes' record (since tied) still stands. ... Finished fifth in AHL with 42 goals for Rochester in 1974-75. ... Tied for fourth in AHL and led Rochester (AHL) with 37 goals in 1975-76 despite missing 13 games due to injury. ... Named to AHL All-Star First Team with Rochester in 1975-76. ... Played on Team USA in the 1977 IIHF World Championship tournament at Vienna, Austria, scoring three goals and seven points in 10 games to help team to sixth-place finish. ... Inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1996. ... Inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 as member of Harvard's famed "Local Line". The line was also known as the ABC line, since one player was from Arlington, one from Belmont, and one from Cambridge.

Transaction History

Aug. 17, 1976 -- Signed WHA contract with New England.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: David E. Hynes

Other Post-Draft Teams: Harvard (ECAC); Team USA; Boston, Rochester (AHL); New England (WHA); Rhode Island, Springfield (AHL)

Education: Majored in history at Harvard.

Career Beyond Hockey: Pursued a business career in the Boston area after retirement, eventually becoming Chief Financial Officer of MIJA Industries, a company that makes measurement systems for pressurized gas in items such as fire extinguishers.
Hynes on LinkedIn

Family: Son of former Boston Junior Olympics player Sid Hynes, who became a local policeman in Cambridge.

Early Exit from Harvard

Hynes shocked the college hockey world on Feb. 7, 1973, when he abruptly dropped out of Harvard University, ending his four-season run that included All-America honors as a junior. At the time he quit school, he was leading the ECAC with 15 goals and 34 points in only 12 games. The team had gone 10-2-0 over those 12 games. Hynes played his last game for Harvard in the Beanpot Tournament at Boston Garden on Feb. 5, 1973, as the Crimson lost the championship to Boston University. The following day, he did not travel with the team for its Feb. 7 road game at Vermont. Initially, university officials refused to comment on the reason Hynes had left. "Losing Dave will be a great blow to our squad," said Harvard coach Bill Cleary of the player who ranked third on Harvard's career scoring list at the time with 140 points. "Not only was he a superlative hockey player, but a fine person as well. We'll miss him badly." The day after he dropped out, Hynes returned to the Harvard rink to clean out his locker and apologize to teammates for leaving them. That morning, in its Feb. 8 edition, the Harvard Crimson's Elizabeth P. Eggert reported that a high-ranking source within the university had confirmed that Hynes had left school due to plagiarism. The source said the university had concluded that Hynes committed plagiarism when he turned in a paper for his Natural Sciences 118 course, "Human Populations and Natural Resources". The source told Eggert that Hynes had copied his paper from the Suffolk Law Review. Harvard's penalty for plagiarism was one year of immediate suspension or one full semester based on the result of a formal appeal. There was considerable outcry at the time of the suspension, as many students felt Hynes did not receive due process before being told to leave. Some sensed he was being singled out as a member of the hockey team and that he had shown a great commitment to his education by taking harder courses and skipping the Olympics. Prior to the plagiarism charge, he had never been disciplined for more than a curfew violation, which got him a one-game suspension from the Harvard hockey team. With his college playing career over, Hynes left school but said he would finish his degree after the suspension was lifted. In the meantime, he practiced briefly with the Bruins' AHL affliate, the Boston Braves, and then went over to Europe with Team USA for the 1973 World Championship tournament before coming home to sign an NHL contract with Boston. He did eventually complete his Harvard degree, and is recognized as a 1973 graduate of the university.

Significant Injuries

Missed first half of 1967-68 season with broken arm, suffered while playing football. ... Missed part of 1975-76 season with fractured cheekbone, suffered in Rochester's Dec. 28, 1975, AHL game at Nova Scotia. The injury required surgery.


Selected by New England Whalers in 1972 WHA Draft, the first WHA Draft, February 1972. Was the first first American and Massachusetts-born player to be drafted by the Boston Bruins. Moved from his natural position of center to left wing as a Harvard freshman in 1969-70. Played on "Local Line" with Bob McManama and Bill Corkery for Harvard from 1970 to 1973.
Was subject of bidding war between Boston (NHL) and New England (WHA) in 1973. Played on line with Gregg Sheppard and Wayne Cashman in his NHL debut for Bruins. Played on line with Gordie Clark and Rene Drolet for Rochester (AHL) in 1975-76. Played out his option with Boston in 1975-76 before entering WHA as free agent.
Total Selected: 117
Forwards: 63
Defense: 45
Goaltenders: 9
Major Junior: 84
College Players: 19
Canadian: 107
Euro-Canadian: 2
American: 8
European: 0
Reached NHL: 50
Won Stanley Cup: 5
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 10
Year-end All-Star: 5
Olympians: 4
Picks Traded: 18


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