Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claire Alexander
He gave up his job as a milkman in Orillia to join the Leafs in Toronto, but not before winning the Allan Cup with the local Terriers. "The Honest Milkman" as his Leaf mates called him, made his NHL debut at age 29 after persistent calls from scout and former junior teammate Gerry McNamara.

He had played in numerous leagues previously but had been rejected by umpteen more. On the strength of his booming shot, Alexander once won a scoring championship playing Senior hockey with the Collingwood Shipbuilders.

In Toronto, he provided solid defensive play for an up-and-coming Leaf team, though he once showed touch up ice by scoring a hat trick in a game. After three partial seasons in Toronto, he was traded to Vancouver. He later signed as a free agent with the WHA Oilers, then moved to Germany for a two-year term, later coaching a junior team there and another team in Switzerland the year after. He played on Toronto Metro Oldtimers, world's champions for 1983.

The Leafs hired him to coach their AHL affiliate in St. Catharines in 1984, but the next year he left the organization when the team wanted him to become assistant coach to Dan Maloney with the Leafs. The Milkman balked at uprooting his family and moving to Toronto and instead returned to private life.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 45 2 15 17 26 15 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Johnstown<196>Knoxville EHL 67 17 20 37 39
1967-68 Collingwood Kings OHA-Sr. 40 17 32 49 36
1968-69 Collingwood Kings OHA-Sr. 39 30 32 62 16
1969-70 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 27 23 5 28 24
1970-71 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 37 26 25 51 48
1971-72 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 41 13 28 41 42
1972-73 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 38 17 29 46 40
1972-73 Tulsa Oilers CHL 5 5 1 6 9
1973-74 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 72 23 37 60 34 9 3 4 7 2
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 42 7 11 18 12 +11 7 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 33 8 17 25 14
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 2 6 8 6 0 9 2 4 6 4
1975-76 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 43 25 31 56 22
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 1 12 13 12 -4
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 46 14 42 56 22
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 8 18 26 6 -7
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 54 8 23 31 16
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 7 1 2 3 0 6 1 2 3 4
1979-80 VfL Bad Nauheim W.German 44 32 18 50 96
1980-81 VfL Bad Nauheim W.German 38 16 18 34 48 5 4 1 5 27
1981-82 Zurcher SC Swiss-2
NHL Totals 155 18 47 65 36 16 2 4 6 4


CHL First All-Star Team (1974)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1974)
Most Valuable Defenseman - CHL (1974)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
Signed to a five-game tryout by Tulsa (CHL), January, 1973. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September, 1974. Traded to Vancouver by Toronto for cash, January 29, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA), June, 1978.
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