Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cliff Pennington
Cliff Pennington was born April 18, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of the Manitoba Junior Hockey, Pennington spent four years in the MJHL with stops in St. Boniface and in Flin Flon.

While enjoying a highly productive season in 1958-59 with Flin Flon, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native played five games with the Western Hockey League's Winnipeg Warriors before joining the Ontario Hockey Association Senior 'A' Hockey League's Kitchener Dutchmen in 1959-60.

Although he spent the majority of the 1959-60 season in Kitchener, Pennington was a member of Canada's 1960 Olympic team, while playing a handful of games for the Warriors. Pennington joined Flin Flon for the Memorial Cup tournament and eventually suited up for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Memorial Cup final after Flin Flon had been eliminated.

Following a successful junior career, Pennington joined the Eastern Professional Hockey League's Hull-Ottawa Canandiens where he spent the majority of the 1960-61 season and was a EPHL First Team All-Star before making his NHL debut that same year with the Montreal Canadiens. Pennington played four games with Montreal, scoring his first NHL goal before being traded to Boston during the off-season.

Pennington spent two seasons with Boston while splitting his second season with EPHL's Kingston Frontenacs. During the off-season in 1963, Boston traded Pennington to the WHL's San Francisco Seals before being dealt back to Boston in December of that same year. Although he was originally dealt to San Francisco, Pennington spent the better portion of the season with the AHL's Quebec Aces.

In 1964-65 Pennington joined the Quebec Senior Hockey League's Verdun Pirates before signing as a free agent with the WHL's Los Angeles Blades during the off-season. After a season with Los Angeles, Pennington joined the EHL's Florida Rockets where he spent one season before being claimed on waivers by the EHL's Nashville Dixie Flyers. Pennington spent two seasons in Nashville earning EHL South First Team All-Star honours in 1969 before being dealt to the International Hockey League's Des Moines Oak Leafs.

Pennington spent one season in Des Moines earning IHL First Team All-Star honours and capturing the James Gatsche Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 1970 before being dealt to Flint midway through the 1970-71 season.

Following a brief stay in Flint, Pennington was dealt to the EHL's Jacksonville franchise prior to the 1971-72 season before being sent to the EHL's St. Petersburg Suns where he spent the 1972-73 season before ending his professional hockey career the following year.

Throughout his career, Cliff Pennington played in 101 NHL games, scoring 17 goals and adding 42 assists for 59 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 0
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 4 1 0 1 2
1956-57 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 30 28 27 55 2 7 3 1 4 0
1957-58 Flin Flon Bombers MJHL 47 32 39 71 8 12 12 5 17 0
1958-59 Flin Flon Bombers MJHL 48 62 50 112 4 11 14 9 23 4
1958-59 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 5 4 1 5 0
1958-59 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 10 10 10 20 4
1959-60 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 47 23 28 51 5 6 4 6 10 0
1959-60 Canada Olympics 5 0 2 2 4
1959-60 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 2 1 1 2 2
1959-60 Flin Flon Bombers MJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 5 9 4 13 6
1959-60 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 6 6 2 8 0
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 1 0 1 0
1960-61 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 65 33 69 102 10 14 4 11 15 0
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 9 32 41 2
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 27 7 10 17 4
1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 39 21 41 62 6 5 2 9 11 0
1963-64 San Francisco Seals WHL 26 6 15 21 4
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 43 11 19 30 2 7 1 1 2 0
1964-65 Verdun Pirates Que-Sr.
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 36 6 8 14 6
1966-67 Florida Rockets EHL 64 37 49 86 2
1967-68 Nashville Dixie Flyers EHL 68 49 66 115 18 4 3 3 6 0
1968-69 Nashville Dixie Flyers EHL 72 59 58 117 26 14 6 11 17 4
1969-70 Des Moines Oak Leafs IHL 72 43 57 100 6 3 1 2 3 0
1970-71 Des Moines<196>Flint IHL 54 22 42 64 8
1971-72 St. Petersburg Suns EHL 66 25 56 81 61 2 1 2 3 2
1972-73 Sun Coast Suns EHL 48 25 47 72 10
1973-74 Sun Coast Suns SHL 5 0 5 5 0
NHL Totals 101 17 42 59 6


EPHL First All-Star Team (1962)
EHL South First All-Star Team (1969)
IHL First All-Star Team (1970)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL - MVP) (1970)
Traded to Boston by Montreal with Terry Gray for Willie O'Ree and Stan Maxwell, June, 1961. Traded to San Francisco (WHL) by Boston for cash, June, 1963. Traded to Boston by San Francisco (WHL) for Gerry Odrowski and future considerations (loan of Dallas Smith for 1964-65 season, July 8, 1964), December 17, 1963. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles (WHL), August 22, 1965. Claimed on waivers by Nashville (EHL) from Jacksonville (EHL), October, 1967. Traded to Des Moines (IHL) by Nashville (EHL) for cash, October, 1969. Traded to Flint (IHL) by Des Moines (IHL) for Peter Mara, December, 1970. Traded to Jacksonville (EHL) by Flint (IHL) for Pierre Farmer, September, 1971. Traded to St. Petersburg (EHL) by Jacksonville (EHL) for cash, December, 1971.
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