Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Polanic
Tom Polanic was born April 2, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario. After one season with the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior 'B' Hockey League, Polanic joined the OHA-Jr. St. Michael's Majors in 1961-62 leading them to a birth in the 1962 Memorial Cup tournament.

In 1962-63 the defenseman from Toronto, Ontario enrolled at the University of Michigan where he was a Western Collegiate Hockey Association First Team All-Star, an NCAA West First Team All-American and an NCAA Championship Team All-Tournament all in his sophomore year, leading the Wolverines to the 1964 NCAA Championship.

Polanic's success on the ice continued during his junior year, being recognized as a WCHA Second Team All-Star before joining the Eastern Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers in 1965-66. Even though he spent the majority of the season with Charlotte, Polanic suited up for a handful of games with the Central Professional Hockey League's Tulsa Oilers.

After only suiting up for two games with Tulsa the previous year, Polanic found himself more than doubling his number of games played with the Oilers in 1966-67 while spending the better part of the season with the Western Hockey League's Victoria Maple Leafs.

Prior to the 1967-68 season Toronto traded Polanic to the Western Hockey League's Phoenix Roadrunners. Polanic spent two seasons with Pheonix before he was dealt midway through the 1968-69 season to the Minnesota North Stars.

Polanic spent the majority of the 1969-70 season with the Central Hockey League's Iowa Stars while playing in 16 regular season and five playoff games with Minnesota before joining the American Hockey League the following season.

The Cleveland Barons we're Polanic's seventh team in the last six years in 1970-71. While he played the better part of the season with Cleveland, Polanic played in a handful of games with Minnesota before joining the OHA-Sr. Orillia Terriers the following year.

Polanic spent the next three years with the Terriers earning OHA-Sr. First Team All-Star honors in 1973 and 1974 before joining the OHA-Sr. Brantford Forresters in 1974-75. After only one season in Brantford, Polanic retired from hockey only to return two years later for one last season with the OHA-Sr. Barrie Flyers.

Throughout his career, Tom Polanic played in 24 NHL games, scoring one goal while adding three assists for four points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B
1960-61 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 11 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 23 9 10 19 24 12 0 11 11 23
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 5 0 1 1 25
1962-63 University of Michigan WCHA
1963-64 University of Michigan WCHA 8 38 46 92
1964-65 University of Michigan WCHA 5 12 17 56
1965-66 Charlotte Checkers EHL 64 7 24 31 101 9 1 4 5 23
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 2 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 19 0 1 1 25
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 46 1 13 14 69
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 70 3 10 13 136 4 1 0 1 6
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 74 5 17 22 187
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 0 2 2 53 -5 5 1 1 2 4
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 44 1 8 9 88 8 0 1 1 8
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 2 20 22 154 8 0 3 3 35
1971-72 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 31 6 24 30 67
1972-73 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 35 4 13 17 87
1973-74 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 33 2 27 29 63
1974-75 Brantford Foresters OHA-Sr. 39 3 18 21 65
1975-76
1976-77 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 30 1 14 15 31
NHL Totals 19 0 2 2 53 5 1 1 2 4


WCHA First All-Star Team (1964)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1964)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1964)
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1965)
OHA-Sr. First All-Star Team (1973, 1974)
Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Toronto for cash, September 12, 1967. Traded to Minnesota by Phoenix (WHL) for Brian D. Smith and Milan Marcetta, February 11, 1969.
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