Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Nyrop
Bill Nyrop was a solid all round defenceman who made smart decisions at both ends of the rink. He was a popular figure with his teammates and later became a reputable executive when he ran the Sunshine Hockey League.

Born in Washington, DC Nyrop moved to Minnesota as a boy and later starred in a number of high school sports. The solid rearguard was a key component when Edina won the State high school championship in 1969 and was runner-up the next year.

Beginning in 1970-71, Nyrop attended the University of Notre Dame for four years and was one of the top defensive specialists in the country while providing crisp passes on offense. After a fine sophomore year with the Fighting Irish in 1971-72, Nyrop was selected 66th overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the Amateur Draft.

After attending his first pro training camp in September, 1972, Nyrop emerged with greater confidence and was a dominant force his last two years at school. In 1973 he was voted on to the WCHA first all-star team and the NCAA west first all-American team. The next year the steady rearguard represented the US at the "B" Pool World Junior Championships.

Nyrop played with the stability of a seasoned veteran during his first pro season with the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1974-75. He continued in this role the next year and dressed for 19 games with the powerhouse Habs. Later that year he scored two points in five games and was a pillar on the blueline for Team USA at the inaugural Canada Cup tournament. Nyrop spent two years on the Montreal defence and helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 1977 and 1978. He and fellow American Rod Langway were underrated factors in support of the "big three" of Robinson, Lapointe and Savard.

After the 1977-78 season, Nyrop stepped away from the game to study law. His rights were traded by the Habs to the Minnesota North Stars in September, 1980 and he returned to the NHL a year later. Nyrop dressed for 42 games on the Stars blueline and two post-season contests when his team was upset by Chicago in the first round. He played briefly for Kolner Haie of the German league in 1982-83 before retiring for good.

The former NHLer set up his law practice then returned to hockey as the coach and owner of the Sunshine Hockey League's West Palm Beach Blaze. After guiding the club to three straight league championships, he sold his interest in the club due to failing health. A few months after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Nyrop passed away.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-1970 Edina Hornets High-MN
1970-71 University of Notre Dame WCHA 30 2 4 6 40
1971-72 University of Notre Dame WCHA 31 3 18 21 44
1972-73 University of Notre Dame WCHA 38 3 21 24 46
1973-74 University of Notre Dame WCHA 33 9 29 38 44
1974-75 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 75 2 22 24 76 6 0 5 5 0
1975-76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 0 3 3 8 +21 13 0 3 3 12
1975-76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 52 3 25 28 30
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 0
1976-77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 19 22 21 +42 8 1 0 1 4
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 5 21 26 37 +56 12 0 4 4 6
1978-79
1979-80
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 3 2 1 3 0
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 42 4 8 12 35 +14 2 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Kolner EC W.German 19 3 2 5 8
1983-1992
1992-93 West Palm Beach Blaze SunHL
NHL Totals 207 12 51 63 101 35 1 7 8 22


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1973)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1973)
WEC-B All-Star Team (1974)
Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for Minnesota's 2nd round pick (Gaston Gingras) in 1979 NHL Draft, August 8, 1979. Traded to Calgary by Minnesota with Steve Christoff and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Calgary selected Dave Reierson) in 1982 NHL Draft for Willi Plett and Calgary's 4th round pick (Dusan Pasek) in 1982 NHL Draft, June 7, 1982
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