Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Kitchen
Bill Kitchen was a reliable stay-at-home defenceman who spent some time with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the early 1980s. Along the way he was an efficient blueliner in junior and the minor leagues. Kitchen's older brother, Mike, also played in the NHL for several years.

Born in Schomberg, Ontario, Kitchen played junior for three years with the OHA's Ottawa 67's. Early in his last year of junior, the Montreal Canadiens signed him as a free agent. Kitchen went on to enjoy his best amateur season scoring 26 points, playing abrasively on the blueline and earning a trip to the World Junior Championships with Team Canada.

Most of Kitchen's first three pro seasons were spent in the AHL with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. The Habs did call him up on occasion but he eventually sought more ice time by signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs in August 1984. He split the 1984-85 season between the woeful Leafs and the St. Catharines Saints. He was a team leader on the St. Catharines club in 1985-86 before he announced his retirement.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Aurora Tigers ON-Jr.A 44 3 24 27 87
1976-77 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 2 1 0 1 0
1977-78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 67 5 6 11 54 15 1 2 3 9
1978-79 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 55 3 16 19 188 4 0 1 1 14
1979-80 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 63 7 19 26 195 11 1 8 9 21
1979-80 Canada WJC-A 5 0 1 1 10
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 65 2 7 9 135 6 0 1 1 5
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 7 0 3 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 71 3 17 20 135 6 2 0 2 11
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 0 0 0 4 -2
1982-83 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 53 3 11 14 71
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
1983-84 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 68 4 20 24 193 10 1 1 2 8
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 1 4 5 27 -6
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 31 3 7 10 52
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 72 7 32 39 109 12 0 2 2 19
NHL Totals 41 1 4 5 40 3 0 1 1 0


Brother of Mike Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 23, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 16, 1984.
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