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|1973 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
7 overall by Pittsburgh Penguins
Born March 13, 1953
Height: 5-10 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Flin Flon (WCHL)
Birthplace: Gilbert Plains, Manitoba (Canada)
Gilbert Plains, Manitoba
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WCHL All-Star First Team: 1971-72 (Flin Flon)
WCHL Goals Leader: 1971-72 (60 goals)
Miscellaneous: Played in 1969 Memorial Cup tournament.
| Debut: October 12, 1973 (Pittsburgh at
Numbers: 12 (Pittsburgh); 17 (Toronto); 21 (Hartford); 21
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Retired for final time in 1988
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
PIT, TOR, HAR, NYR||526||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1982
50-goal seasons: 1979-80 (56), 1981-82 (52)
Hartford Booster Club Award (MVP): 1981-82
Hartford Kravitz Award (Players' MVP): 1981-82 (co-winner)
Hartford Westledge Award
(Three-Stars Leader): 1979-80
Hartford/Carolina Records: Most goals in one season (56 in 1979-80),
most points by a right wing in one season (100 in 1979-80)
NHL Goals Leader: 1979-80 (56, tie)
Toronto Playoffs Points
Leader: 1975 (6)
Toronto Playoffs Goals Leader: 1975 (4)
Hartford Points Leader: 1981-82 (91)
Hartford Goals Leader: 1979-80 (56), 1980-81 (43), 1981-82 (52),
1979-80: Played on first Hartford Whalers NHL team.
Miscellaneous: Re-entered NHL when Hartford reclaimed his rights from
Toronto, which had regained him in the NHL-WHA merger but then left him
unprotected, in 1979 NHL Expansion Draft on June 13, 1979. ... Tied with
Charlie Simmer and Danny Gare for NHL goal-scoring lead in 1979-80. It was the
first time more than two players had tied for the lead. ... Was one of two
Hartford players (along with Mike Rogers) to reach 100 points in 1979-80,
making Whalers the first expansion team to achieve that feat. ... Became the only
player besides Bobby Hull to score 50 goals in a season in both the WHA and
NHL when he achieved feat in 1979-80. ... Broke leg during
first period of first 1980 playoff game against Montreal. ... Played on line with Mike Rogers and Pat Boutette in
Hartford. The line was known as the "Bash, Dash & Stash Line."
... Suspended for first eight games of 1982-83 season for a high-sticking
match penalty against Pittsburgh's Paul Baxter in an Oct. 2, 1982, preseason
game at Johnstown, Pa. Stoughton had been tossed from Hartford's final
exhibition game for hitting Baxter above the right eye with his stick and
opening a cut that required six stitches. ... Scored first penalty-shot goal
in Hartford/Carolina franchise history when he beat Buffalo's Bob Sauve on
March 29, 1983. ... Held Hartford/Carolina franchise career goals record when
he was traded away from team on Feb. 27, 1984. ... Failed to make N.Y. Rangers
roster out of training camp in 1984 and was left unprotected for 1984 NHL
Waiver Draft. No teams selected him because of his big salary, and N.Y. Rangers demoted him to AHL affiliate in New Haven. He never played in
the NHL after that. ... Named right wing on Hartford all-time team by vote of
Whalers fans in 1992.
The Stoughton Affair: Stoughton missed Hartford's 1980
training camp and start of 1980-81 season due to a contract dispute. His contract had ended the previous season, making him a restricted
free agent, but he sued the Whalers for $600,000 in damages and unrestricted free agency
because he claimed he had not been offered a new contract prior to the
collective-bargaining deadline of July 1, 1980. Hartford claimed it had met the deadline
but Stoughton had stalled. It further argued that
the deadline wasn't even an issue because the expired contract had been signed in the WHA. A federal court ruled that it had no
jurisdiction over the dispute, which was turned over to the NHL. On
Oct. 3, 1980, NHL president John Ziegler ruled Stoughton a restricted free
agent, entitling the Whalers to compensation if he signed with another team.
continued his holdout, demanding an annual $200,000 long-term contract with
bonuses. The team was unwilling to sign him long-term, and
had its fans' support on that issue. Stoughton then attempted to sign with Toronto, but the Maple Leafs and Whalers could not agree on
compensation. He finally re-signed a long-term deal with Hartford for
$160,000 per year and returned to the team on Oct. 29, 1980.
|Post-Draft Teams: Hershey
(AHL); Oklahoma City (CHL); Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New England (WHA); New
Haven (AHL); Asiago (Italy)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1973 (by Quebec,
No. 14 overall in Round 2)
1973-74: Played 47 regular-season games for Hershey team that went on
to win AHL playoff title, but was not with team during postseason.
1978-79: Played on Indianapolis (WHA)
team that folded on Dec. 15, 1978, and was one of Wayne Gretzky's first
Coaching Career: Served as Cincinnati (ECHL)
part-time assistant coach in 1990-91. ... Named Cincinnati (ECHL) assistant
coach prior to 1991-92 season, stayed with team when it moved to IHL in 1992,
and remained in position through 1992-93 season. ... Named himself Austin (WPHL)
head coach in 1996 and remained in that position through 1996-97 season.
Purchased Austin (WPHL) expansion team in late 1995, named himself general
manager and remained in that position until June 1999.
Miscellaneous: Jumped to WHA when
his first NHL contract expired, signing a four-year deal with Cincinnati in
August 1976. ... Competed in NHL players' arm-wrestling tournament in Las
Vegas during summer of 1981. ... An avid golfer, he played in Greater Hartford
Open's Celebrity Pro-Am tournament in summer of 1983. ... Lived in Boca Raton,
Fla., during off-seasons of his playing days. ... Retired for first time in
1985, but came back two years later to play in Europe.
Personal: Nicknamed "Stash"
for the Fu Manchu mustache he wore through most of his NHL career. ...
Father was recreation director for the city of Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. ...
Older brother of former major-junior player and minor-league assistant coach
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Pittsburgh traded Stoughton and future
considerations (which became 1977 No. 1 pick -- Trevor Johansen) to Toronto in
exchange for Rick Kehoe on September 13, 1974.||
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