Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Arbour
During four years of junior with the Niagara Falls Flyers, Arbour played in two Memorial Cup finals, winning in 1965 after a loss two years previous. Late in his last season, 1965-66, he was called up to the NHL-sponsor Bruins to play two games.

He was to spend most of the next two years in the minors, though, before being sold to Pittsburgh where he again appeared in but a diminished role. A year later, he was back in the NHL, with Vancouver, but the Canucks promptly traded him to St. Louis after just 13 games.

Arbour arrived in St. Louis under emergency situations. When defenceman Bill Plager was injured, coach Scotty Bowman was reduced to four defencemen. He called the Canucks, and bought Arbour in a strictly cash deal. When Plager recovered, Arbour was demoted to Denver, and in his first game put the puck into his own net with the score 3-3 to give his new team a loss.

Sensing his NHL days were at an end, he took advantage of the upstart WHA and began a successful career with that league, playing for five teams over the next six years before retiring in 1977.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 47 1 5 6 27 8 1 0 1 0
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 16 0 1 1 12
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 56 12 6 18 94 4 0 1 1 12
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 11 0 6 6 40
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 13 2 7 9 33
1965-66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 47 13 31 44 196 6 2 4 6 14
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 67 3 21 24 140 9 0 1 1 11
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 11 +1
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 62 2 15 17 224 7 1 0 1 42
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 2 2 35 -14
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 59 4 17 21 157 4 0 0 0 15
1969-70 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 7 28 35 251 11 2 3 5 42
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 0 0 12 -4
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 1 6 7 81 +1 5 0 0 0 0
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 0 0 0 10 -4
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 20 4 12 16 73
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 76 6 27 33 188 5 0 1 1 12
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 77 6 43 49 192 11 3 6 9 27
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 71 11 43 54 67 12 0 6 6 23
1975-76 Denver/Ottawa Civics WHA 34 2 13 15 49
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 7 0 4 4 14
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 33 3 19 22 22
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 37 1 15 16 38
NHL Totals 106 1 9 10 149 5 0 0 0 0


CPHL Second All-Star Team (1968) Regular season totals for Niagara Falls (OHA-Jr.) in 1964-65 unavailable. Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston with Jean Pronovost for cash, May 21, 1968. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Pittsburgh with Paul Andrea and the loan of Andy Bathgate for the 1969-70 season for Bryan Hextall Jr., May 20, 1969. Rights transferred to Vancouver after NHL franchise purchased WHL club, December 19, 1969. Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver for cash, December 3, 1970. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Denver (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) for future considerations, October, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota (WHA) after Denver-Ottawa (WHA) franchise folded, January 17, 1976. Traded to Calgary (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Butch Deadmarsh and Danny Gruen for cash, January, 1977.
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