Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nick Beverley
Nick Beverley was a solid positional defenceman who played over 500 NHL games in parts of eleven seasons. He was adept and getting the puck out of his zone and effective defensively without drawing many penalties.

The Toronto native played junior on the Boston Bruins' sponsored Oshawa Generals of the OHA. Since the Bruins were deep on the blueline, Beverley spent most of his first five pro seasons in the minors. Injuries and defections to the WHA left the Boston roster thinner than normal in 1972-73. Beverley played solidly in 76 games but the team was eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.

Early in the 1973-74 season, Beverley was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was given a great deal of ice time. The Pens sent him to the New York Rangers in the off-season in return for veteran Vic Hadfield. Beverley spent a little over two years on Manhattan before he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Bill Goldsworthy. He played his usual steady game in the Gopher State and was the team captain in 1977-78. Beverley also added stability to the defensive troops in Los Angeles and Colorado before retiring in 1980.

After hanging up his skates, Beverley became involved in hockey administration in a number of capacities. He coached the CHL's Houston Apollos the year after he retired then joined the New Haven Nighthawks as an assistant the next year. In 1982-83, he took over the head reigns at New Haven before moving up to the L.A. Kings as a scout. Beverley served as the club's director of player personnel, assistant general manager, and then GM in 1992-93 and 1993-94. He was on hand when the franchise reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 1993. Beverley then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Director of Player Personnel where he remained until 1998-99. In 1995-96, he took over behind the Toronto bench after Pat Burns was fired and guided the club to a 9-6-2 finish before it was eliminated in the first round by the St. Louis Blues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 3 0 1 1 4 6 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 56 0 10 10 42 6 0 1 1 19
1965-66 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 47 0 10 10 41 17 1 4 5 18
1965-66 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 14 2 5 7 6
1966-67 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 48 8 14 22 57
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 70 7 20 27 60 4 0 0 0 17
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 62 3 22 25 32 12 0 4 4 4
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 58 6 24 30 26
1970-71 Hershey Bears AHL 70 3 23 26 46 4 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 73 9 31 40 36 9 0 5 5 2
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 76 1 10 11 26 +7 4 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 2 14 16 21 -16
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 67 3 15 18 19 +13 3 0 1 1 0
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 63 1 8 9 46 -9
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 0 0 2 0
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 52 2 17 19 6 0
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 7 14 21 18 -1
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 0 3 3 0 +2
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 52 2 4 6 6 -16
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 46 0 9 9 10 -4
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 12 0 6 6 4
1980-81
1981-82
1982-83
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 502 18 94 112 156 7 0 1 1 0


Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston for Darryl Edestrand, October 25, 1973. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh for Vic Hadfield, May 27, 1974. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Bill Fairbairn for Bill Goldsworthy, November 11, 1976. Claimed on waivers by Los Angeles from Minnesota, September 5, 1978. Traded to Colorado by Los Angeles for Colorado's (New Jersey's) 4th round pick (Dave Gans) in 1982 NHL Draft, November 18, 1978. Claimed by Hartford from Colorado in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, September 15, 1979.
Played w/ New Haven as emergency injury replacement, February 8, 1984.
Served as interim Head Coach of Toronto, March 5, 1996 to April 27, 1996.
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