Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Awrey
A defense partner variously to Ted Green and Bobby Orr, Awrey once went 153 games without scoring a goal. But by then he was lucky to be playing at all. An increasingly degenerative back became intolerably painful during his high school days. He eventually regained full health and he tried out for the Niagara Falls Flyers the year after his brother, Bob, had played for the team.

Slowly but surely Awrey made his mark on Hap Emms and Milt Schmidt, the Boston decision-makers, and soon he was blocking shots and delvering bone-crushing checks for the Bruins. He made his NHL debut in 1963-64 after graduating from the Flyers in the OHL, though it was still three years before he made the Bruins full-time.

Awrey's timing could not have been better, as he was with the team when Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito arrived to make the team a Cup contender. Awrey was part of the two Boston Cup wins in 1970 and 1972, and was named to Team Canada's roster for the historic Summit Series, though he played just two of the eight games.

He won a final Stanley Cup with Montreal, sort of, in 1976. Sort of because although he played the full regular season with the team, he didn't dress for the playoffs. Rules at the time stipulated a player had to be in the lineup in the playoffs to have his name engraved on the Cup, so Awrey missed the boat on a third carving.

He finished his career playing with Pittsburgh, the Rangers, and Colorado.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Waterloo Siskins ON-Jr.B
1960-61 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 3 0 0 0 11
1961-62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 41 6 12 18 90 10 0 3 3 15
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 50 7 23 30 111 9 4 9 13 29
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 16 4 8 12 58
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 16 1 0 1 4
1963-64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 54 4 15 19 136 5 0 0 0 9
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 47 2 3 5 41
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 23 2 4 6 38 15 0 1 1 29
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 3 7 74
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 4 1 0 1 6
1966-67 Hershey Bears AHL 63 1 13 14 153 5 0 0 0 19
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 74 3 12 15 150 +18 4 0 1 1 4
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 73 0 13 13 149 +25 10 0 1 1 28
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 73 3 10 13 120 +27 14 0 5 5 32
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 74 4 21 25 141 +40 7 0 0 0 17
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 34 1 8 9 52 +20 15 0 4 4 45
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 3 0 1 1 2
1972-73 Canada Summit-72 2 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 2 17 19 90 +29 4 0 0 0 6
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 5 16 21 51 -7
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 0 8 8 4 -8
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 1 11 12 58 +21 11 0 6 6 12
1975-76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 0 12 12 29 +30
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 1 12 13 40 -2 3 0 1 1 0
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 78 2 8 10 38 -14 3 0 0 0 6
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 6 2 1 3 6
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 56 1 4 5 18 -33
NHL Totals 979 31 158 189 1065 71 0 18 18 150


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1974) Traded to St. Louis by Boston for Jake Rathwell, St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Mark Howe) in 1974 Amateur Draft and cash, October 5, 1973. Traded to Montreal by St. Louis for Chuck Lefley, November 28, 1974. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Pittsburgh's 3rd round pick (Richard David) in 1978 Amateur Draft, August 11, 1976. Rights traded to Washington by Pittsburgh for Bob Paradise, October 1, 1977. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 4, 1977. Traded to Colorado by NY Rangers for cash, November, 1978.
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