Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Block
Defenseman Ken Block was by no means a flashy performer during his junior or professional hockey career, but he was a steady, reliable blueliner who always gave it the proverbial "110 percent."

Block played two years of junior hockey with the Flin Flon Bombers in Manitoba before turning professional in 1964-65 when he played for both the New York Rovers of the EHL and the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL. Block was a career minor-leaguer, and like so many others in the same situation, played on an assortment of clubs, always hoping that the one stop may one day lead to a shot at the NHL.

In fact it took Block six years to get his one and only opportunity to play in the NHL. After seven stops in the minors he was called up to play one game for the expansion Vancouver Canucks. He was back in the minors with the Rochester Americans immediately afterwards and did not get a chance to play at an elite level again until the advent of the rival WHA in the fall of 1972.

With the arrival of the WHA came new hope for many players like Block, who were very talented in their own right, but could not quite crack a full-time roster spot in the NHL. He joined the New York Raiders, playing an entire season in the Big Apple. For Block it was a large raise in salary compared with the money in the minor leagues and also provided the chance to go head-to-head against some of the best players in the world on a regular basis, including the likes of Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Derek Sanderson and Gerry Cheevers, who all fled the NHL for the lure of the almighty dollar. Block then spent a year with the New York-Jersey Knights and a season on the west coast with the San Diego Mariners. The last five years of his pro career were spent with the Indianapolis Racers. During his final season with the Racers in 1978-79 he played alongside a pair of 17-year-old stars named Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, although the future superstars were with the club for just eight and five games, respectively before being sent to the Edmonton Oilers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 54 5 11 16 34 6 2 5 7 4
1963-64 Flin Flon Bombers MJHL 62 14 43 57 59 2 1 3 4 0
1964-65 New York Rovers EHL 70 5 31 36 51
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 5 0 2 2 2 5 1 0 1 2
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 37 2 8 10 6
1965-66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 30 0 6 6 8
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 10 0 4 4 6
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 62 8 22 30 18 8 1 3 4 0
1967-68 Memphis South Stars CPHL 18 5 5 10 24
1967-68 Vancouver Canucks WHL 17 2 6 8 4
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 24 1 1 2 0
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 22 1 2 3 6
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 45 4 15 19 10
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 69 9 35 44 51
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 71 5 33 38 38
1971-72 Rochester Americans AHL 71 4 29 33 69
1972-73 New York Raiders WHA 78 5 53 58 43
1973-74 New York/New Jersey Knights WHA 74 3 43 46 22
1974-75 San Diego Mariners WHA 36 1 11 12 12
1974-75 Indianapolis Racers WHA 37 0 17 17 18
1975-76 Indianapolis Racers WHA 79 1 25 26 28 7 0 4 4 2
1976-77 Indianapolis Racers WHA 52 3 10 13 25 9 0 2 2 6
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 77 1 25 26 34
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 22 2 3 5 10
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0


Claimed by Los Angeles from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles for the rights to Red Kelly, June 8, 1967. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968. NHL rights transferred to Vancouver after NHL club purchased Vancouver (WHL) franchise, December 19, 1969. Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 13, 1972. Transferred to San Diego (WHA) after New York-Jersey (WHA) franchise relocated, April 30, 1974. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by San Diego (WHA) for Jim Hargreaves, January, 1975.
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