Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Durbano
Rugged defenseman Steve Durbano caught the eye of the scouts with his play in junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros. The New York Rangers selected him with the 13th pick overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft.

During his three seasons with the Marlboros, Durbano played about 50 games each season. He missed action with injuries and suspensions but the Rangers felt they would be able to harness his aggressive style and mold him into a solid NHL defenseman. During his second year with the Marlboros in 1969-70, he spent 371 minutes in the penalty box. He did manage to put five pucks in the net while assisting on 25 others. He would equal his goal total in his draft year and collect 32 assists with 324 minutes in the sin bin.

In 1971-72, the Rangers were one of the NHL's strongest teams and were not in immediate need for Durbano, so he was sent to Omaha in the rough and tumble Central Hockey League. Obviously the surroundings suited Durbano's style of play as he collected a whopping 402 minutes in penalties in 70 games.

The St. Louis Blues, looking for some much-needed toughness, acquired Durbano for the 1972-73 season. In 49 games with the club he scored a respectable 49 points while generating 231 minutes in penalties. The club liked his toughness, but felt he still needed to cut down on the undisciplined penalties and told Durbano to play "smarter" hockey.

It's hard to tell whether Durbano really got the message because he played in just 36 games the following year and had 146 minutes in penalties before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he added another 138 minutes in penalties to his yearly total in the final 33 games of the year.

Durbano remained with the Penguins until the midway point of the 1975-76 season when he was sent to the Kansas City Scouts. Between the two clubs he was close reaching 400 minutes in penalties. He then moved with the Scouts' franchise to Denver, Colorado where the team was renamed the Rockies, where he played 19 games.

Durbano jumped to the rival WHA for the 1977-78 season with the Birmingham Bulls, where he spent 284 minutes in the box, despite dressing for just 45 games. He rejoined the St. Louis Blues for 13 games in 1978-79 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 York Steel OHA-B 21 1 9 10
1968-69 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 45 5 6 11 158 4 0 1 1 17
1969-70 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 53 7 25 32 371 16 2 3 5 49
1970-71 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 49 7 32 39 324 12 2 2 4 75
1971-72 Omaha Knights CHL 70 7 34 41 402
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 3 18 21 231 -3 5 0 2 2 8
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 4 5 9 146 -1
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 4 14 18 138 +17
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 1 1 10 0
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 0 8 8 161 +9
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 37 1 11 12 209 -30
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 19 0 2 2 129 -6
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 9 1 2 3 55
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 45 6 4 10 284 4 0 2 2 16
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 1 1 2 103 -7
1978-79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 10 1 4 5 41
NHL Totals 220 13 60 73 1127 5 0 2 2 8


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1971) Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for future considerations (Peter McDuffe and Curt Bennett, June 7, 1972), May 24, 1972.
Missed remainder of 1974-75 due to wrist injury vs. Philadelphia, October 18, 1974. Traded to Pittsburgh by St. Louis with Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly for Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and Pittsburgh's 2nd round pick (Bob Hess) in 1974 Amateur Draft, January 17, 1974. Traded to Kansas City by Pittsburgh with Chuck Arnason and Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Paul Gardner) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and Kansas City's 1st round pick (Blair Chapman) in 1976 Amateur Draft, January 9, 1976. Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976. WHA rights traded to Birmingham (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for cash, June, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 14, 1977. Loaned to Birmingham (WHA) by Detroit with the loan of Dave Hanson and future considerations for Vaclav Nedomansky and Tim Sheehy, November 18, 1977. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 11, 1978.
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