Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim McElmury
Defenceman Jim McElmury was a steady worker in his own zone for parts of five seasons in the 1970s. He was also an effective minor leaguer and international player for the United States.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, McElmury spent the 1970-71 season at Bemidji State University before representing his country at the 1971 World Championships. The next year, he played with the U.S. national squad and contributed to a silver medal win at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. After signing as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars in March 1972, McElmury joined the AHL's Cleveland Barons for the remainder of the season. Apart from a seven games stint with the Stars in 1972-73, he was strictly a minor leaguer until he was signed as a free agent by the expansion Kansas City Scouts in June 1974.

McElmury spent most of the next three seasons with the Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies franchise. He played the man well in his own zone and spent time on the power play unit. His leadership on the young club was also invaluable and was a factor in his selection to play for the U.S. at the 1977 World Championships. McElmury retired in 1978 after spending most of the year with the CHL's Phoenix Roadrunners and the Hampton Gulls of the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-1970 Bemidji State University NAIA
1970-71 Bemidji State University NAIA 12 5 5 10 20
1970-71 United States WEC-A 10 2 0 2 2
1971-72 United States Nat-Tm 10 2 0 2 2
1971-72 United States Olympics 6 0 1 1 6
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 15 2 2 4 4 6 0 3 3 10
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 0 1 1 2 +1
1972-73 Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons AHL 69 4 23 27 20
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 76 8 23 31 46 10 1 6 7 2
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 78 5 17 22 25 -48
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 38 2 6 8 6 -13
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 36 4 12 16 10
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 55 7 23 30 16 -15
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 24 3 13 16 16
1976-77 United States WEC-A 10 2 3 5 10
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners CHL 12 0 3 3 8
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 11 1 7 8 4
NHL Totals 180 14 47 61 49


First Team NAIA All-American (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971) Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, February 29, 1972. Traded to Los Angeles by Minnesota for cash, March 1, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Kansas City, June 27, 1974. Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976.
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