Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Cardwell
After two seasons of junior hockey with Oshawa (1968-70), Cardwell was drafted 63rd overall by Pittsburgh in 1970. Over the next three years he played partly with the Penguins but mostly in the minors, trying to work his way into the NHL on a regular basis.

By 1973, though, it became clear to him that he likely wasn't made for the NHL, so he signed with Minnesota of the WHA, the Fighting Saints having acquired his rights from Ottawa, the team that drafted him when the league came into being in 1972.

Cardwell played two years in the WHA, then moved to Sweden for a season and returned to play in the Pacific Hockey League before retiring in 1979. He was a rough-and-tumble winger who showed scoring ability wherever he went, though ultimately he played but 53 games in the NHL, scoring nine times.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 50 11 11 22 54
1969-70 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 46 14 19 33 77 6 4 2 6 6
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 1 1 15 -4
1970-71 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 63 16 34 50 166
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 28 7 8 15 18 0 4 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 46 17 26 43 32
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 2 2 4 2 -2
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 30 16 23 39 20 7 5 2 7 22
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 77 23 23 46 100 10 0 0 0 20
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 75 9 13 22 127 5 0 1 1 14
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 72 22 33 55 165 9 0 2 2 11
1976-77 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden-2 19 6 2 8 60
1977-78 Whitby Warriors OHA-Sr. 15 12 8 20 62
1977-78 San Francisco Shamrocks PHL 33 21 28 49 92
1978-79 Tucson Rustlers PHL 22 3 10 13 51
NHL Totals 53 9 11 20 35 4 0 0 0 2


Selected by Ontario-Ottawa (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Ottawa (WHA) for cash, July, 1973. Selected by Indianapolis (WHA) from Minnesota (WHA) in 1974 WHA Expansion Draft, May<30>, 1974. Traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) for future considerations, August, 1974.
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