Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ray Gariepy
"Rockabye" Ray Gariepy was never a big-time scorer at any level. But, he gained a reputation as a bone-crunching body checker during his junior days with the Barrie Flyers of the OHA (from 1946-48), and the Buffalo Bisons (1948-50) and Hershey Bears (1950-53) of the AHL.

By the time he made it to the Boston Bruins, Gariepy was already a feared hitter, having made several superstar hits in the AHL during his time with Hershey, and having put one memorable leveling on future NHL great Bernie Geoffrion way back in his junior days with Barrie. "Gariepy is one of the hardest body checkers I have ever seen," said King Clancy when he learned of the Bruins decision to call him up. "I've never seen a harder one in all my years in hockey."

Gariepy scored a single goal with Boston in 1953-54, but he became a team favourite for his diligent practice ethic and, of course, physical play. He spent 1954-55 with Pittsburgh of the AHL (during which time his NHL rights were traded by the Bruins to Toronto), as well as most of 1955-56, playing only a single NHL game for the Leafs that year.

After a brief stint in the OHA-Sr. ranks he retired from 1958 to 1966 but came back for four more seasons in the OHA-Sr. league, finally retiring after playing the 1969-70 season with the Barrie Flyers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 28 3 6 9 79
1946-47 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 31 8 16 24 133 5 3 3 6 8
1947-48 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 35 7 21 28 72 13 7 9 16 32
1947-48 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 10 0 4 4 37
1948-49 Buffalo Bisons AHL 35 2 3 5 41
1948-49 Houston Huskies USHL 36 3 10 13 45
1949-50 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 0 1 1 10
1949-50 Louisville Blades USHL 54 3 14 17 87
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 64 2 8 10 147 5 0 0 0 10
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 57 2 7 9 111 5 1 0 1 2
1952-53 Hershey Bears AHL 62 4 8 12 90 3 0 0 0 2
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 35 1 6 7 39
1953-54 Hershey Bears AHL 24 2 12 14 42 11 0 4 4 9
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 56 2 20 22 96 10 0 2 2 8
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 4
1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 54 1 13 14 95 4 0 3 3 11
1956-57 Owen Sound Mercurys OHA-Sr. 26 6 11 17 39
1957-58 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 6
1958/66
1966-67 Collingwood Georgians OHA-Sr. 37 4 26 30 38
1967-68 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 40 1 23 24 45
1968-69 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 3 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 36 1 6 7 43


Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Buffalo (AHL) for Rollie McLenahan, October 4, 1950. Traded to Boston by Hershey for Dunc Fisher and Ellard O'Brien, June, 1953. Traded to Toronto by Boston for John Henderson, September 23, 1954. Traded to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) with Gilles Mayer, Jack Price, Willie Marshall, Bob Hassard and Bob Solinger for cash, July 7, 1956.
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