Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Les Kozak
Left-winger Les Kozak played 12 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1961-62. His career was cut short by a serious head injury suffered when he was only 21.

The Dauphin, Manitoba native played with the Melville Miilionaires and Saskatoon Quakers in the SJHL before heading to Ontario late in the 1956-57 season. Once there he played one game with the Toronto Marlboros then spent three years with the St. Michael's Majors.

Following his junior career, Kozak stepped away from the game and spent the 1960-61 season studying at a seminary. He returned the next year and scored a goal in a twelve-game trial with the Maple Leafs when they had one of the best teams in the league. Kozak was sent down to the Rochester Americans of the AHL to get more ice time. On February 23, 1962 he suffered a serious head injury in a game against the Providence Reds and was forced to retire.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 Melville Millionaires SJHL 3 0 0 0 2
1956-57 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 1 0 1 1 0 8 0 1 1 0
1957-58 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 38 9 15 24 10 3 0 0 0 0
1958-59 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 43 10 8 18 18 15 4 1 5 10
1959-60 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 42 18 17 35 34 10 2 2 4 10
1960-61
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 1 0 1 2
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 45 14 9 23 31
NHL Totals 12 1 0 1 2


Missed the 1960-61 season while studying for the priesthood.
Suffered career-ending concussion in game vs. Providence (AHL), February 23, 1962.
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