Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Barry Beck
A huge defenceman who could shoot and handle the puck, Barry Beck was dominant at times in the NHL but was often slowed by injuries. He was able to join the rush and use his heavy shot from the point but his strength was playing the body in his own zone.

The native of Vancouver, B.C. impressed many scouts while he was a member of the Langley Lancers of the BCJHL in 1973-74. He played briefly with the Kamloops Blazers of the WCJHL before joining the New Westminster Bruins where he excelled for three seasons. "Bubba" and Brad Maxwell gave their team the best one-two punch on defense in the country. In 1976 and 1977 Beck was chosen to the league's first all-star team and helped the Bruins reach the Memorial Cup tournament. New Westminster won the Cup in 1977 and their rock on defence was chosen the MVP of the competition.

Following his stellar amateur career, Beck was chosen second overall by the Colorado Rockies at the 1977 Amateur Draft. He scored 22 goals and often carried his team in 1977-78 but finished second in the Calder trophy voting to the Islanders' Mike Bossy. The burly youngster's totals set a record for rookie defencemen that was not bettered until Brian Leetch came along more than a decade later. He continued to anchor the club's defense in 1978-79 and was chosen to the NHL All-Star team that squared off against their Soviet counterparts in the Challenge Cup.

Ten games into the 1979-80 season, Beck was traded to the New York Rangers for a package of five players headed by Pat Hickey, Mike McEwen, and Lucien Deblois. The Big Apple agreed with him as he scored 59 points in 61 games but the club was eliminated in the second round of the post-season. The next year he was a key factor in the Blueshirts' march to the semi-finals. Beck also served as the club's captain for parts of six seasons beginning in 1980-81.

Beck was chosen to represent his country in the 1981 Canada Cup and was an important cog on the New York blueline when healthy. By 1984-85, a number of back and shoulder injuries took their toll as Beck only played 56 games and was less of a factor when in the lineup. He retired in 1986 after dressing for only 25 games then returned briefly in 1989-90 with the L.A. Kings before calling it quits permanently.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Langley Lords BCJHL 63 8 28 36 329
1973-74 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1974-75 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 58 9 33 42 162 18 4 9 13 52
1974-75 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 3 0 3 3 11
1974-75 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 68 19 80 99 325 17 3 9 12 58
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 4 1 3 4 13
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 61 16 46 62 167 12 4 6 10 39
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 3 5 8 13
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 75 22 38 60 89 -14 2 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 63 14 28 42 91 -30
1978-79 NHL All-Stars Ch-Cup 3 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 1 5 6 8 -2
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 61 14 45 59 98 +16 9 1 4 5 6
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 75 11 23 34 231 +9 14 5 8 13 32
1981-82 Canada Can-Cup 7 0 0 0 2
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 60 9 29 38 111 +19 10 1 5 6 14
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 22 34 112 +22 9 2 4 6 8
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 72 9 27 36 134 +12 4 1 0 1 6
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 56 7 19 26 65 -11 3 0 1 1 11
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 25 4 8 12 24 +7
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 1 7 8 53 +3
NHL Totals 615 104 251 355 1016 51 10 23 33 77


BCJHL First All-Star Team (1974)
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
WCJHL Player of the Year (1977)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) (1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Traded to NY Rangers by Colorado for Pat Hickey, Lucien Deblois, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations (Bobby Crawford, January 15, 1980), November 2, 1979. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers for cash, September 1, 1989.
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