Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Hajt
Defenceman Bill Hajt achieved something increasingly rare in modern hockey: he played his entire career for the organization that drafted him. Chosen third by Buffalo in the 1971 Entry Draft, Hajt sat out the entire season ('71-'72) because he and the Sabres failed to come to terms on a contract. Between 1972 and 1974, Hajt spent most of his time with the Cincinnati Swords, appearing with the Sabres for six games. He was up from the minors for good beginning with the 1974-75 season.

He made his presence quietly felt during his 14 seasons with the Sabres. He was never a flashy player or a media darling, but he came up negative in the plus/minus column only once in his 13 full seasons with Buffalo. He played in 854 games, and registered 42 goal and 202 assists before a series of injuries led to his retirement in 1987.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 60 4 10 14 35 7 0 1 1 2
1968-69 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 60 3 18 21 54 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 60 10 21 31 40 7 2 3 5 8
1970-71 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 66 19 53 72 50 5 1 4 5 2
1971-72
1972-73 Cincinnati Swords AHL 69 4 31 35 40 15 2 9 11 14
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 0 2 2 0 -1
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 66 5 30 35 66 5 0 4 4 4
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 3 26 29 68 +47 17 1 4 5 18
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 6 21 27 48 +39 9 0 1 1 15
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 6 20 26 56 +39 6 0 1 1 4
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 4 18 22 30 +36 8 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 3 8 11 20 -4
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 4 12 16 24 +36 14 0 5 5 4
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 2 19 21 42 +38 8 0 2 2 17
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 2 9 11 44 +11 2 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 3 12 15 26 +6 10 0 0 0 4
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 3 24 27 32 +25 3 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 5 13 18 14 +32 3 1 3 4 6
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 1 16 17 25 +17
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 0 2 2 4 0
NHL Totals 854 42 202 244 433 80 2 16 18 70


Father of Chris Sat out entire 1971-72 season after failing to come to contract terms with Buffalo.
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