Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Barry Long
Defenceman Barry Long was a competent playmaker who could fill a physical role in his own zone. His five year NHL tenure was split by a half decade spent in the WHA where he played a more offensive role.

Long played junior with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the WCJHL. He spent his first four years as a pro toiling in the CHL and WHL before playing two years on the L.A. Kings' defence beginning in 1972-73. In 1974, he opted to sign with the WHA's Edmonton Oilers and was picked as an alternate for that year's Summit Series versus the USSR.

During his first year in the league, Long scored 20 goals and provided grit in his own end. His solid year earned him a place on the WHA's second all-star team. He played another year in Edmonton before he was sent to the Winnipeg Jets for future considerations during the first week of the 1976-7 schedule. Long was excellent at both ends for the Jets and was named to the league's second all-star team in 1978.

In June 1979, the veteran blueliner was reclaimed by the Detroit Red Wings prior to the Expansion Draft. He played all 80 games for the Wings in 1979-80 then was sent to the Jets for cash the next fall. Long scored 23 points and was a team leader on Winnipeg then joined Canada at the 1981 World Championships. Injuries forced the steady veteran to retire after playing only five games in 1981-82. Two years later, Long returned to the Jets as the team's head coach. He guided the club to a .500 record after taking over from Tom Watt after 31 games then posted a 43-27-10 record in 1984-85. The wheels fell off the next season when Long was relieved by John Ferguson after Winnipeg only won 19 of its first 66 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Moose Jaw Canucks CMJHL 56 8 11 19 148 14 3 9 12 16
1967-68 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 52 11 33 44 202 13 4 2 6 19
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 46 4 11 15 85
1969-70 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 71 11 22 33 127
1970-71 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 72 9 24 33 90 10 1 0 1 10
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 14 33 47 52 11 3 7 10 8
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 2 13 15 48 -7
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 3 19 22 118 +25 5 0 1 1 18
1974-75 Canada Summit-74
1974-75 Edmonton Oilers WHA 78 20 40 60 116
1975-76 Edmonton Oilers WHA 78 10 32 42 66 4 0 0 0 4
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 2 0 1 1 2
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 71 9 38 47 54 20 1 5 6 10
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 7 24 31 42 9 0 5 5 6
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 5 36 41 42 10 2 3 5 0
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 0 17 17 38 -28
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 65 6 17 23 42 -47
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 7 1 0 1 8
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 5 0 2 2 4 -1
NHL Totals 280 11 68 79 250 5 0 1 1 18


WHA Second All-Star Team (1975, 1978) Selected by Edmonton (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Los Angeles from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1972. Traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for future considerations, October, 1976. Rights traded to Detroit by Los Angeles with Montreal's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Detroit selected Doug Derkson) in 1978 Amateur Draft for Danny Grant, January 9, 1978. Reclaimed by Detroit from Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Winnipeg by Detroit for cash, October 31, 1980.
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