Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ted Irvine
Left-winger Ted Irvine was a hard worker who could play a physical style and contribute offensively. He played over 700 NHL games with four different teams and was popular team leader wherever he went.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Irvine starred with St. Boniface Canadians of the MJHL. In 1962-63, he topped the league with 31 goals in 32 games and was called up to play five games in the Memorial Cup with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was the property of the Boston Bruins and played one game for the big club in 1963-64 and then gained three years of minor pro seasoning with the Minneapolis Bruins and the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL.

On June 6, 1967, Irvine received his first legitimate shot at the NHL when he was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings in the Expansion Draft. He scored 40 points as a rookie playing on a line with Gord Labossiere and Lowel MacDonald. Irvine continued to play solidly until late in the 1969-70 season when the Kings traded him to the New York Rangers for Juha Widing.

Irvine played nearly six years in Manhattan. In 1970-71, he formed one of the best two-way lines in the NHL with Pete Stemkowski and Bruce MacGregor. The next year Bobby Rousseau took Stemkowski's place on the line and the trio were an integral part of the Blueshirts' march to the Stanley Cup final in 1971-72.

In June 1975, Irvine was part of the package sent to the St. Louis Blues for young goalie John Davidson. He played two years with the Blues and formed a solid checking duo with veteran centre Red Berenson. In 1977-78, Irvine served as a Winnipeg-based scout for the Blues focusing on junior and professional games. He also played that year with the St. James Braves for 12 games during the only season the Central Canadian Senior Hockey League operated.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 36 6 7 13 4 4 5 0 5 0
1962-63 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 32 31 23 54 13 8 7 5 12 6
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 5 2 2 4 4
1963-64 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 19 17 11 28 19
1963-64 Winnipeg Braves MJHL 10 3 5 8 2
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 3 1 5 6 0 4 1 1 2 2
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 68 15 16 31 40 5 0 1 1 6
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 69 26 20 46 27 9 6 3 9 4
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 63 15 17 32 54 11 6 1 7 0
1967-68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 18 22 40 26 -10 6 1 3 4 2
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 15 24 39 47 -17 11 5 1 6 7
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 11 13 24 28 -20
1969-70 New York Rangers NHL 17 0 3 3 10 -6 6 1 2 3 8
1970-71 New York Rangers NHL 76 20 18 38 137 +18 12 1 2 3 28
1971-72 New York Rangers NHL 78 15 21 36 66 +8 16 4 5 9 19
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 53 8 12 20 54 +4 10 1 3 4 20
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 75 26 20 46 105 +2 13 3 5 8 16
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 79 17 17 34 66 -15 3 0 1 1 11
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 10 13 23 80 -12 3 0 2 2 2
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 14 14 28 38 -16 3 0 0 0 2
1977-78 St. James Braves CCHL 12 6 6 12 30
NHL Totals 724 154 177 331 657 83 16 24 40 115


Claimed by Los Angeles from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Real Lemieux and Juha Widing, February 28, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Bert Wilson and Jerry Butler for Bill Collins and John Davidson, June 18, 1975.
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