Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Harold Snepsts
Harold Snepsts played 17 seasons in the NHL and the list of injuries the gritty defenceman suffered is as long as his stats page. He has had cuts, breaks, separations, sprains, and numerous operations--from his eye to his knees--and even some plastic surgery to his ear. But when all was said and done, Snepsts was known as a standup defenceman who played every game with intensity and feeling.

The Vancouver Canucks selected Snepsts from the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings in the 1974 Amateur Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 1974-75 season and in only his third season in the league played in the 1977 All-Star Game. He played in the All-Star Game once again in 1982 when the Canucks made a run for the Cup. They faced the Islanders in the finals but failed to win a game, giving New York their third straight Cup.

Snepsts was traded to the North Stars in 1994 but played only one season there before signing with the Red Wings as a free agent. He helped Detroit get to the conference finals in both 1986-87 and 1987-88, but both times the Detroiters were stopped by the Oilers as the Edmontons headed toward consecutive championships.

In 1988, Snepsts was on the move again, this time back to Vancouver as he signed as a free agent. After a season and a half with the team that had initially drafted him, Snepsts was dealt one last time to the Blues, where he stayed until 1991 when he announced his retirement from the game.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 68 2 24 26 155 11 0 1 1 54
1973-74 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 68 8 41 49 239
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 1 2 3 30 0
1974-75 Seattle Totems CHL 19 1 6 7 58
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 3 15 18 125 +10 2 0 0 0 4
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 4 18 22 149 -5
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 4 16 20 118 -16
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 7 24 31 130 -27 3 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 3 20 23 202 +7 4 0 2 2 8
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 3 16 19 212 +3 3 0 0 0 8
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 3 14 17 153 +22 17 0 4 4 50
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 2 8 10 80 -17 4 1 1 2 8
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 4 16 20 152 -19 4 0 1 1 15
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 0 7 7 232 -19 9 0 0 0 24
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 0 6 6 75 -7
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 1 13 14 129 +7 11 0 2 2 18
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 31 1 4 5 67 +3 10 0 0 0 40
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 0 2 2 14
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 0 8 8 69 -3 7 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 1 3 4 26 +3
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 1 1 10 -4 11 0 3 3 38
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 1 4 5 50 +3 8 0 0 0 12
1991-1992 Peoria Rivermen IHL
1992-1993 St. Louis Blues NHLMGNT
1993-1994 San Diego Gulls IHL
NHL Totals 1033 38 195 233 2009 93 1 14 15 231


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1977, 1982) Traded to Minnesota by Vancouver for Al MacAdam, June 21, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 31, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, October 6, 1988. Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver with Rich Sutter and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, St. Louis selected Craig Johnson) in 1990 NHL Draft for Adrien Plavsic, Montreal's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Shawn Antoski) in 1990 NHL Draft and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Craig Darby) in 1991 NHL Draft, March 6, 1990.
Officially announced his retirement and named Head Coach of Peoria (IHL), June 21, 1991.
Named Assistant Coach of St. Louis, May 8, 1992.
Named Head Coach of San Diego (IHL), August 12, 1993.
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