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|1973 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in eighth round
No. 123 overall
by Detroit Red Wings
Born November 24, 1953
||Position: Left Wing|
Height: 6-2 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
||University of B.C.||CWUAA||
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was a star football player in high school. ...
Transferred from University of British Columbia to Michigan Tech in 1972, but
was ineligible to play in 1972-73 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Attended
classes at Michigan Tech and played for local USHL team while awaiting his eligibility.
| Debut: December 31,
1979 (Colorado at Detroit)|
Numbers: 18 (Detroit); 16
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1983
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Scored two goals in first NHL game while playing
for Detroit on line
with Mike Foligno and Dale McCourt. ... Missed parts of 1979-80 season hip
damaged knee ligaments, an injury suffered on Jan. 9, 1980.
... Wore No. 14 at Detroit's 1980 training camp. ... Missed parts of 1981-82
season with leg injury, suffered in December 1981, and eye injury, suffered
during a Hartford practice in January 1982. The eye was hit by a stick, and
surgery was required to re-attach the retina, ending his season.
|Post-Draft Teams: Michigan Tech (WCHA); New
England (WHA); Springfield (AHL); Adirondack (AHL); Binghamton (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1975 (Michigan Tech)
AHL Calder Cup: 1981 (Adirondack)
WHA Kaplan Trophy (Rookie of
Year): 1976-77 (New England)
Sporting News WHA Rookie of Year: 1976-77 (New England)
NCAA West All-America First Team:
1975-76 (Michigan Tech)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1975-76 (Michigan
WCHA All-Star Honorable Mention: 1974-75 (Michigan Tech)
WHA All-Star Game: 1977
Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame:
Michigan Tech Captain: 1975-76
Education: Attended University of
British Columbia and Michigan Tech, earning bachelor's degree in business
Miscellaneous: Scored goals in 10 straight WCHA
games from Feb. 13, 1975, to March 11, 1975. ... Scored two goals
in 1975 NCAA title game. ... Scored four hat tricks for Michigan Tech
in 1975-76. ... Tied Michigan Tech record for goals in one season with 47 in
1975-76. ... WHA rights were originally held by Cincinnati
but were later traded to New England for San Diego's 1976 second-round pick.
... Scored on his first shot as a professional in New England's Oct. 19, 1976,
game at Houston. ... Tied New England WHA record for goals by a rookie in one
season and set New England WHA record for goals by a left wing in one season
with 39 in 1976-77. ... Played on line with Tom Webster and Mike Rogers in
1976-77. ... Missed 12 games with injuries in 1977-78. ... Founded and ran
charter sailboat business in Vancouver during off-seasons of his playing days.
... Went into financial and management consulting business after retirement,
becoming a vice president and branch manager with Smith Barney Shearson.
Personal: Nicknamed "Sparky,"
in reference to former major league baseball pitcher Sparky Lyle.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|WHA/WAIVERS: After finishing college, Lyle entered the WHA by signing with New England in July 1976. His NHL rights
were reclaimed by Detroit on June 9, 1979, after the merger of the NHL and WHA.
Detroit left him unprotected for the 1981 NHL Waiver Draft, and he was claimed
by Hartford (his former WHA team) on November 13, 1981.||
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