Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Jonathan
Stan Jonathan was a combative left winger who refused to back down from anybody despite being only 5'8". He could also score and play defense responsibly which made him a huge asset to the Boston Bruins in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Jonathan was born in Ohsweken, Ontario and grew up on the Six Nations' Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. He played three years in the OHA with the Peterborough Petes coached by Roger Neilson. Jonathan was with the team when it represented Canada at the unofficial first World Junior Championship in 1973-74. The squad did well to finish third since it was a club team up against the top juniors from anywhere in the USSR, Finland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and the United States.

Jonathan was chosen 86th overall in the 1975 Amateur Draft by the Boston Bruins. Coached by Don Cherry, this "lunch bucket crew" was an ideal fit for the pugnacious youngster. Jonathan learned the ropes with the Dayton Gems of the IHL in 1975-76 and received a one-game look with the Bruins. He scored 26 goals while helping Dayton win the Turner Cup and was voted on to the IHL first all-star team.

The 1976-77 season represented a solid beginning for Jonathan as he played a regular shift and scored 17 goals. In the post-season his grit and occasional goal helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. Jonathan enjoyed perhaps his finest regular season in 1977-78 with 27 goals while playing with Gregg Sheppard and Don Marcotte. He was also a key factor in the playoffs when Boston qualified for the final for the second consecutive year. He played four more seasons in Beantown but the team couldn't get past the semi-finals.

The popular winger was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 8, 1982. He played 19 games for the Pens before being sent down to the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL. With his body worn out from a decade of playing a robust style of hockey, Jonathan retired in 1983.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 64 14 35 49 107
1973-74 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 70 19 33 52 127 11 4 5 9 14
1974-75 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 70 36 39 75 138 11 4 5 9 14
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Rochester Americans AHL 6 1 1 2 0
1975-76 Dayton Gems IHL 69 26 47 73 192 15 13 8 21 54
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 69 17 13 30 69 +1 14 4 2 6 24
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 0 0 7
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 68 27 25 52 116 +34 15 0 1 1 36
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 33 6 9 15 96 +8 11 4 1 5 12
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 79 21 19 40 208 +20 9 0 0 0 29
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 74 14 24 38 192 +5 3 0 0 0 30
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 67 6 17 23 57 +6 11 0 0 0 6
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 0 3 3 13 -8
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 48 13 23 36 86
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86 Flamboro Flames OHA-Sr.
1986-87 Brantford Mott's Clamatos OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 411 91 110 201 751 63 8 4 12 137


IHL First All-Star Team (1976) Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston for cash, November 8, 1982.
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