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|1977 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
No. 44 overall by New York Rangers
Born May 6, 1957
Height: 6-3 Weight: 200
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Union (ECAC Division II)
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Owen Sound||Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was one of coach Ned Harkness' first recruits at Union College. Harkness
had gone to Union to resurrect the varsity hockey program after losing his job as Detroit
Red Wings general manager. ...
Starred in high school baseball as a catcher.
| Debut: November 28, 1979 (Minnesota at N.Y.
Numbers: 35 (N.Y. Rangers)
Cup: Never won. Playing Status: Retired 1984
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Made 23 saves to help N.Y.
Rangers tie Minnesota 4-4 in his first NHL game. ... Lost only one of first 10
NHL starts. ... Wore No. 39 during N.Y.
Rangers' 1980 training camp. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week of March
30, 1981. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with torn groin muscles, an injury
suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 31, 1981, game at Boston. ... Released by
N.Y. Rangers in July 1983. ... Signed with New Jersey as free agent in January
1984, but never played for parent team.
|Post-Draft Teams: Union (ECAC D-II); Toledo (IHL);
New Haven (AHL); Springfield (AHL); Tulsa (CHL); Binghamton, Maine (AHL)|
Canada Cup: 1981 (fourth place)
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup: 1984 (Maine)
WHA Draft Pick: 1977 (by Birmingham, No. 40 overall in Round 5)
CHL Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1982-83 (Tulsa) (49 GP)
CHL Minutes Leader: 1982-83 (Tulsa) (2,901 minutes)
1977-78: Played 10 games for Toledo team that went on to win IHL
playoff title, but was not with team during postseason.
1979-80: Played on AHL regular-season champion (New Haven).
Education: Majored in economics at Union College. ... Attended Yale
during off-seasons of his playing days in New Haven.
Miscellaneous: Left Union College in December 1977 as a show of support
for coach Ned Harkness, who had quit his job because he felt he was not
treated fairly by the Union administrators. Harkness had been recruiting
academically unqualified players with the permission of Union president Thomas
Bonner, who wanted the team to be successful at all costs. However, Union
officials embarrassed Harkness by putting four of his players on academic
probation for their poor grades. Harkness responded by quitting as coach, and
Baker and other Union players quit the program in solidarity with Harkness.
Union was forced to finish the season with JV players, and the incident led to
Bonner's resignation. ... Signed 25-game AHL tryout contract with Hartford in October 1983 and was assigned to Binghamton.
Personal: Son of Bill Baker, a Boston dentist who was once
invited to try out with baseball's Boston Red Sox.
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