Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Terry Harper
Defenseman Terry Harper began his ascent to the NHL playing three years of junior hockey with his hometown Regina Pats. The club advanced to the Memorial Cup tournament in his first year with the team in 1957-58, although they came up short of winning the national junior amateur title, taken that year by Ottawa-Hull.

After toiling in the minor leagues for several years, Harper played 70 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 1963-64. Although he was not a flashy player, he was very effective in his own zone, ensuring the opposition forwards were kept at bay. Harper remained with the Habs for ten years, winning five Stanley Cup rings.

In 1974 the Canadiens traded Harper to the Los Angeles Kings, who were in desperate need of veteran leadership, both on the ice and off. Harper was given the captaincy and he guided the young team for two seasons before being sent to the Detroit Red Wings as part of a package deal, which saw Marcel Dionne move to the west coast. Harper remained with the Red Wing organization for four years before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in 1979. He finished his career at the age of 40 in 1980-81, playing 15 games with the Don Cherry-coached Colorado Rockies.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1957-58 Regina Pats SJHL 51 6 10 16 74 12 2 3 5 12
1957-58 Regina Pats M-Cup 16 3 2 5 8
1958-59 Regina Pats SJHL 48 1 19 20 79 9 1 2 3 6
1959-60 Regina Pats SJHL 59 17 21 38 56 13 3 7 10 6
1960-61 Montreal Royals EPHL 69 3 14 17 85
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 65 2 18 20 101 12 0 1 1 15
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 1 1 2 10 5 1 0 1 8
1962-63 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 52 6 31 37 83
1962-63 Quebec Aces AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 2 15 17 149 7 0 0 0 6
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 0 7 7 93 13 0 0 0 19
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 1 11 12 91 10 2 3 5 18
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 0 16 16 99 10 0 1 1 15
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 3 8 11 66 +21 13 0 1 1 8
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 3 3 37 +7 11 0 0 0 8
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 28 2 4 6 21
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 4 18 22 109 +27
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 1 21 22 116 +35 20 0 6 6 28
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 2 12 14 35 +9 5 1 1 2 6
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 1 8 9 74 +6
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 0 17 17 119 +25 5 0 0 0 16
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 5 21 26 120 +38 3 0 0 0 2
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 8 25 33 59 +6
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 4 8 12 28 -23
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 2 17 19 85 +19 7 0 1 1 4
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 0 6 6 58 -3
1978-79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 22 0 13 13 36
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 1 5 6 6 +5 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 15 0 2 2 8 -3
NHL Totals 1066 35 221 256 1362 112 4 13 17 140


SJHL First All-Star Team (1960)
EPHL First All-Star Team (1962)
EPHL Second All-Star Team (1963) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965, 1967, 1973, 1975)
Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal for Los Angeles' 2nd round pick (Gary MacGregor) in 1974 Amateur Draft, Los Angeles' 1st (Pierre Mondou) and 3rd (Paul Woods) round picks in 1975 Amateur Draft and Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Rod Schutt) in 1976 Amateur Draft, August 22, 1972. Traded to Detroit by Los Angeles with Dan Maloney and Los Angeles' 2nd round pick (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Jim Roberts) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Marcel Dionne and Bart Crashley, June 23, 1975. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, March 10, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, February 12, 1981.
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