Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Dorey
Known for his rugged, yet clean style of play, Jim Dorey enjoyed a lengthy professional hockey career, primarily based on a solid work ethic. He was a fourth-round draft selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs, 23rd overall in 1964 when he was just 17 years old. Dorey had appeared in 21 games that year with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario League. His final two years of junior were spent with the London Nationals where he scored 25 and 49 points, respectively. Dorey also increased his physical play significantly, drawing 196 minutes in penalties in his final season.

Dorey is probably best remembered for his days patrolling the defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 1960s and early 1970s at a time when other Leafs players included Dave Keon, Norm Ullman, Ron Ellis, Paul Henderson, and Jacques Plante. Dorey played four full seasons with the Leafs and took it upon himself to handle a good portion of the team's policing duties, registering 200 minutes in penalties in the 1968-69 season and 198 minutes in the 1970-71 campaign.

Like many NHL players, Dorey was attracted to the offer of more money in the new rival World Hockey Association, so he jumped to the WHA for their inaugural season in 1972-73 as a member of the New England Whalers. Dorey played two full seasons in New England before going to the Toronto Toros midway through the 1974-75 season. He started in 74 games for the Toros the following year and scored nine goals and 51 assists for 60 points.

Dorey spent three years with the WHA's Quebec Nordiques from 1976 to 1979 and ended his professional career after playing with the AHL's New Haven Night Hawks in 1980-81. While he never played for a Stanley Cup champion, Dorey was a member of two Avco Cup champions in the WHA. The New England Whalers defeated Bobby Hull and the Winnipeg Jets in the first Avco Cup championship four games to one in 1973. He also played on the 1977 champion Quebec Nordiques, a team that also beat Bobby Hull's Jets, four games to three.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Stamford Jr. Bees ON-Jr.B
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 21 1 0 1 4
1964-65 Stamford Jr. Bees ON-Jr.B
1965-66 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 47 5 20 25 168
1966-67 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 48 8 41 49 196 6 2 7 9 24
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 20 0 3 3 16
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 4 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 35 4 24 28 81 11 3 5 8 16
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 8 22 30 200 +9 4 0 1 1 21
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 6 11 17 99 +9
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 7 22 29 198 +6 6 0 1 1 19
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 4 19 23 56 +10
1971-72 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1972-73 New England Whalers WHA 75 7 56 63 95 15 3 16 19 41
1973-74 New England Whalers WHA 77 6 40 46 134 6 0 6 6 26
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 31 5 17 22 43
1974-75 Toronto Toros WHA 43 11 23 34 69 6 2 6 8 2
1975-76 Toronto Toros WHA 74 9 51 60 134
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 73 13 34 47 102 10 0 2 2 28
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 26 1 9 10 23 11 0 3 3 34
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 32 0 2 2 17 3 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 5 0 1 1 6
1979-80
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 21 0 7 7 30
NHL Totals 232 25 74 99 553 11 0 2 2 40


WHA Second All-Star Team (1973) Selected by Ontario-Ottawa (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for Pierre Jarry, February 20, 1972. WHA rights traded to New England (WHA) by Ottawa (WHA) for cash, July 5, 1972. Traded to Toronto (WHA) by New England (WHA) to complete transaction that sent Wayne Carleton to New England (September, 1974), December, 1974. Transferred to Birmingham (WHA) after Toronto (WHA) franchise relocated, June 30, 1976. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Birmingham (WHA) to complete transaction that sent Dale Hoganson to Birmingham (June 30, 1976), October, 1976.
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