Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Irv Spencer
After five years in the minors with numerous teams in the Canadiens organization, Irv Spencer was claimed by the Rangers in the 1959 Intra-League Draft and finally broke into the NHL. Back in the days of the original six teams, "You had to wait until somebody died to get a position," Spencer once quipped.

He made his NHL debut during the 1959-60 season and played 32 games for the Rangers, though he split his time with two other teams in the minors. He stayed with in big league for two straight seasons and saw his first Stanley Cup action in the 1962 playoffs. He was then claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League Draft of 1962 but spent only one season in Beantown before being claimed yet again in the Intra-League Draft, this time by the Red Wings.

In Spencer's first season as a Wing, the team went to the 1964 Stanley Cup finals against the Leafs. Toronto went on to win the game and the Cup. Over the next four years Spencer spent limited time with the Wings and more in the minors, he was even named to the CHL first all-star team for 1968.

Spencer's last stint in the NHL came in the 1967-68 season and spent the next six years with several different teams in the CHL, WHL, and WHA before retiring from the game in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Gatchell Hardware NOHA
1954-55 Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 49 10 9 19 65
1955-56 Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 48 4 9 13 36 8 1 0 1 16
1956-57 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 45 6 26 32 68
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens QHL 8 1 2 3 2
1957-58 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 52 8 31 39 76 5 3 1 4 8
1957-58 Montreal Royals QHL 3 0 1 1 2
1958-59 Montreal Royals QHL 45 6 12 18 55 8 1 2 3 8
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 32 1 2 3 20
1959-60 Trois-Rivieres Lions EPHL 18 3 4 7 8
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 14 0 5 5 12
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 56 1 8 9 30
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 43 2 10 12 31 1 0 0 0 2
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 69 5 17 22 34
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 3 0 3 8 11 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 23 3 8 11 34
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 18 5 8 13 2
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 72 18 22 40 45 4 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 4
1965-66 Memphis Wings CPHL 54 12 21 33 14
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 19 4 11 15 26
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 30 2 6 8 8 7 0 5 5 4
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 4 -1
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 55 7 31 38 42 13 3 3 6 12
1968-69 Fort Worth Wings CHL 49 7 18 25 24
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 62 13 25 38 26 6 0 3 3 8
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 45 2 15 17 24 6 2 0 2 19
1971-72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Philadelphia Blazers WHA 54 2 27 29 43
1972-73 Rhode Island Eagles EHL 11 3 3 6 4
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 19 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 230 12 38 50 127 16 0 0 0 8


CPHL First All-Star Team (1968) Claimed by NY Rangers from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1959. Claimed by Boston from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1962. Claimed by Detroit from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Traded to San Diego (WHL) by Detroit for cash, June 12, 1970. Traded to Detroit by San Diego (WHL) for cash, May, 1971. Claimed by Vancouver from Tidewater (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 7, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Vancouver with Bob Dillabough for John Cunniff and Gary Bredin, June 8, 1971. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (WHA), June, 1972. Transferred to Vancouver (WHA) after Philadelphia (WHA) franchise relocated, May, 1973.
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