Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Hutchison
Growing up in small-town Ontario, Dave Hutchison was steeped in NHL culture long before he got very organized about his hockey. Making the big leagues was his first goal, but his ultimate objective was to get his hands on the Stanley Cup.

With those aims in mind, Hutchison leapt into London's minor hockey program and, once at the junior level, just kept at it, skating for the London Knights of the OHA.

In 1972, the Los Angeles Kings and the WHA's Philadelphia Blazers drafted him. He opted to join the Blazers for a season and then headed West with the team's new incarnation in Vancouver. By the time he made his NHL debut with the Kings in 1974, Hutchison had established himself as a role player who played an aggressive style of stay-at-home defense. He credits coach Bob Pulford for his longevity by stressing the importance of playing within his means and to never hold the puck longer than a second and a half.

In 1978, Hutchison fulfilled another of his dreams: to suit up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the next year and a half, he was usually the stay-at-home part of the Salming/Hutchison tandem.

In 1980, he was traded to his favorite club as a child, the Chicago Blackhawks. During his two-plus seasons with the team, he was the defensive foundation upon which his partner, Doug Wilson, could afford to jump up into the offensive play. Wilson won the Norris Trophy in 1982, and Hutchison went on stage with him when the award was given out.

Hutchison left the Blackhawks at the end of the 1981-82 season, having come as close as he ever would to fulfilling his Stanley Cup dream -- a trip to the semi-finals. He went on to split the 1982-83 season between the New Jersey Devils and the Wichita Wind of the CHL and then retired from the game. But before he could settle into his new life, the Maple Leafs signed him for one final campaign in 1983-84.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 London Squires ON-Jr.B
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 7 1 2 3 30 12 0 4 4 60
1970-71 London Knights OHA-Jr. 54 2 13 15 154
1971-72 London Knights OHA-Jr. 46 3 11 14 151 3 0 1 1 15
1972-73 Philadelphia Blazers WHA 28 0 2 2 34 3 0 0 0 2
1972-73 Rhode Island Eagles EHL 32 7 18 25 158
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 69 0 13 13 151
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 0 6 6 133 +5 2 0 0 0 22
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 50 0 10 10 181 +4 9 0 3 3 29
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 6 11 17 220 +7 9 1 4 5 17
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 0 10 10 71 +11
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 4 15 19 235 +36 6 0 3 3 23
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 1 6 7 28 +1
1979-80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 38 0 5 5 73 0 6 0 0 0 12
1980-81 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 2 9 11 124 +12 2 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 5 18 23 246 +4 14 1 2 3 44
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 32 1 4 5 102 -20
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 0 3 3 137 +5
NHL Totals 584 19 97 116 1550 48 2 12 14 149


Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 13, 1972. Transferred to Vancouver (WHA) after Philadelphia (WHA) franchise relocated, May, 1973. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with Lorne Stamler for Brian Glennie, Kurt Walker, Scott Garland and Toronto's 2nd round pick (Mark Hardy) in 1979 NHL Draft, June 14, 1978. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Pat Ribble, January 10, 1980. Traded to Washington by Chicago with Ted Bulley for Washington's 6th round pick (Jari Torkki) in 1983 NHL Draft and 5th round pick (Darin Sceviour) in 1984 NHL Draft, August 24, 1982. Claimed by New Jersey from Washington in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, November 15, 1983.
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