Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Hay
Defenceman Jim Hay spent parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 50s. He was a punishing hitter in his own zone and could move the puck up ice with efficiency. The majority of his long pro career was spent in the minors, particularly the Western League.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Hay played junior with the OHA's Windsor Spitfires. He spent the early part of his pro career jumping from the IHL to the USHL then the AHL. He scored 24 goals for the Omaha Knights in 1950-51 and was voted on to the USHL second all-star team. In 1952-53 he was a solid addition to the Detroit Red Wings' blueline and was on hand when the club lost to the Boston Bruins in the semifinals. Over the next two seasons he was a utility player on the club and played more games in the minors. Hay was recalled in time for the 1955 post-season and scored a goal while helping the Motowners win the Stanley Cup.

Beginning in 1955-56, Hay spent 14 of the next 15 seasons in the WHL and helped the Portland Buckaroos win a league championship in 1965. In the early 70's he joined the Jersey Devils for parts of two seasons before retiring in 1972. Hay then stepped behind the club's bench as a head coach in 1972-73 before stepping away from the game.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Saskatoon Legionnaires SJHL 3 2 0 2 0
1947-48 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 29 10 15 25 40 10 2 0 2 10
1947-48 Detroit Auto Club IHL 25 10 15 25 37
1948-49 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 48 9 8 17 74 4 0 0 0 2
1948-49 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 2 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 3 4
1948-49 Detroit Auto Club IHL 10 5 3 8 5 6 2 2 4 4
1949-50 Windsor Spitfires OHA 48 5 15 20 98 11 2 1 3 6
1950-51 Omaha Knights USHL 64 24 22 46 150 4 1 2 3 4
1951-52 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 68 7 15 22 129
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 1 4 5 2 4 0 0 0 2
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 26 2 1 3 49
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 54 4 6 10 98 5 0 0 0 10
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 0 1 1 20 5 1 0 1 0
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 38 5 13 18 107
1955-56 Brandon Regals WHL 70 7 7 14 158
1956-57 Edmonton Flyers WHL 52 3 13 16 120
1957-58 Troy Bruins IHL 64 14 29 43 125
1958-59 Victoria Cougars WHL 67 5 23 28 110 3 0 1 1 4
1959-60 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 4 19 23 118 11 1 2 3 17
1960-61 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 7 21 28 88 5 0 0 0 0
1961-62 San Francisco Seals WHL 61 4 16 20 101 2 0 1 1 0
1962-63 Seattle Totems WHL 70 9 21 30 109 17 2 5 7 10
1963-64 Seattle Totems WHL 70 3 6 9 65
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 64 2 15 17 115 10 0 4 4 14
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 3 20 23 115 14 0 1 1 8
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 51 1 9 10 49
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 5 18 23 75 12 0 2 2 15
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 0 23 23 71 10 0 2 2 17
1969-70 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 61 2 7 9 105
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 3 1 1 2 6
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 11 1 0 1 14
1970-71 Jersey Devils EHL 18 1 6 7 37
1971-72 Jersey Devils EHL 74 2 18 20 134
1972-73 Jersey Devils EHL
NHL Totals 75 1 5 6 22 9 1 0 1 2


USHL Second All-Star Team (1951) Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by San Francisco (WHL) for cash, June, 1962. Traded to Seattle (WHL) by LA Blades (WHL) with Terry Slater and Jim Powers for Frank Arnett and Marc Boileau, July, 1962. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Seattle (WHL) for cash, October, 1964. Signed as a free agent by Salt Lake (WHL), November, 1969. Loaned to Portland (WHL) by Salt Lake (WHL) for the 1970 WHL playoffs, April, 1970.
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