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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fourth round
59 overall by Vancouver Canucks
Born October 24, 1954
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No.
92 overall prospect in the 1974 NHL draft. ... Served as Edmonton (WCHL)
assistant captain in 1973-74. Played for Edmonton (WCHL) in
its 1974 series vs. Moscow Selects.
| Debut: October 9, 1974 (Atlanta at
Numbers: 27 (Vancouver); 28 (Minn.); 27
(Detroit); 5, 27 (St. Louis)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1991
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||VAN, MIN, DET, STL||1,033
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||VAN, MIN, DET, STL||93
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1977, 1982 (Vancouver)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1982 (Vancouver)
Trophy (Top Defenseman): 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82
Vancouver Hume Award (Unsung Hero): 1978-79
Vancouver Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1975-76
(125), 1976-77 (149), 1978-79 (130)
Vancouver Playoffs Penalty-Minutes
Leader: 1984 (15)
Minnesota Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1984-85
Coaching Career: Named St. Louis assistant coach in May 1992
and remained in that position through 1992-93 season.
Miscellaneous: Wore Nos. 42 and 12 at Vancouver's 1974 training camp.
... Missed part of 1974-75 season with knee injury. ... Missed 1977 preseason
while suffering from pneumonia. ... Became first Vancouver defenseman to be
awarded a penalty shot when he achieved feat at Minnesota on Feb. 2, 1980. He
scored on Minnesota goaltender Gilles Meloche. ... Missed start of 1981-82
season with knee injury suffered during Vancouver's 1981 training camp. ...
Missed start of 1982-83 season with hamstring injury suffered during
Vancouver's 1982 training camp. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with
fractured orbital bone above right eye, an injury suffered in November 1982.
... Missed part of 1982-83 season with back spasms. ... Suspended five games
during 1982-83 season for instigating a fight with Calgary's Doug Risebrough
under the stands outside the
Calgary locker room on Jan. 12, 1983, in Vancouver. Both players had been sent
to their dressing rooms with misconduct penalties. Snepsts emerged from his
dressing room and came out to confront Risebrough, who was arguing with an
official in the hallway. Snepsts punched Risebrough, cutting his lip.
Risebrough was not punished for the incident. ... Left Vancouver on June
21, 1984, with franchise records (since broken) for career penalty minutes
(1,351), career games played (683), and career playoff games (37). He had held
the PIM record since the 1978-79 season and the playoff games-played record
since 1982. ... Missed start of 1985-86 season with strained left knee
ligaments, an injury suffered in Detroit's training camp on Sept. 18, 1985.
... Missed part of 1985-86 season with re-aggravated knee injury suffered in
Detroit's Nov. 16, 1985, game at Minnesota. The injury required surgery. ...
Missed part of 1985-86 season with re-aggravated knee injury suffered in
Detroit's Dec. 23, 1985, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Went 164 consecutive games
without scoring a goal from Feb. 11, 1984, to Jan. 10, 1987. ... Missed parts
of 1986-87 season with the flu and bruised back. ... Missed part of 1986-87
season with third-degree separated right shoulder, an injury suffered in
Detroit's Feb. 17, 1987, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed end of 1987 playoffs
with re-aggravated shoulder injury, suffered in final game of Detroit's
playoff series vs. Toronto on May 3, 1987. The injury required arthroscopic
surgery on July 29, 1987. ... Missed start of 1987-88 season while recovering
from off-season shoulder surgery. Did not return to action until Dec. 7, when
he began a rehab assignment in Adirondack (AHL). Did not return to NHL action
until Dec. 16, 1987.
|Post-Draft Teams: Seattle (CHL); Adirondack (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1974 (by
Indianapolis, No. 105 overall in Round 8)
Scouting Career: Named to
NHL Central Scouting staff prior to 2000-01 season and remained in that
position into 2002-03 season.
Coaching Career: Named Peoria (IHL)
head coach prior to 1991-92 season and remained in that position through
1991-92 season. ... Named San Diego (IHL) head coach prior to 1993-94 season
and remained in that position through 1993-94 season. ... Named Portland (WHL)
head coach on July 28, 1998, and remained in that position until February
Miscellaneous: Avid tennis player
and golfer during off-seasons of his playing days. ... Competed in celebrity
tennis tournaments during his playing days. ... Managed Vancouver team at 1982
Molson/NHL Slo-Pitch softball tournament in Niagara Falls, Ontario. ... Was a
longtime minority investor in Portland (WHL), including during his playing
days. ... Earned credentials as a professional golfer after his retirement.
Personal: Full name is Harold John Snepsts.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Vancouver traded Snepsts to Minnesota
in exchange for Al MacAdam on June 21, 1984. Vancouver got Snepsts back when
he signed with the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent in September 1988.
Vancouver lost Snepsts again when it traded him, Rich Sutter and St. Louis'
1990 second-round pick (Craig Johnson) to St. Louis for Adrien Plavsic,
Montreal's 1990 first-round pick (Shawn Antoski) and St. Louis' 1991
second-round pick (later traded) on March 6, 1990.||
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