Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darcy Wakaluk
As a 7th round draft pick, 144th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1984 NHL entry draft, goaltender Darcy Wakaluk managed to carve out a decent professional career, his most notable years having come with the Minnesota North Stars who then migrated to Dallas. Wakaluk appeared in just 22 games for the Sabres after spending eight years in the team's organization. The bulk of those years were spent in the AHL with the Rochester Americans.

In his first season with the Minnesota North Stars, Wakaluk appeared in 36 games, posting a 13-19-1 record with a 3.28 GAA.

Known as a stand-up goaltender, who played a butterfly style, Wakaluk was primarily a backup goaltender, although injuries often slowed down his momentum at what seemed to be the worst of times.

His last NHL appearance came in the 1996-97 season, when he appeared in 16 games, posting a 2.99 GAA with an 8-3-1 record.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1982-83 Pincher Creek Oilers AAHA 38 0 3.05
1983-84 Kelowna Wings WHL 31 2 22 0 0 6.29
1984-85 Kelowna Wings WHL 54 19 30 4 0 4.73 5 1 4 0 4.68
1985-86 Spokane Chiefs WHL 47 21 22 1 1 5.25 7 3 4 0 5.30
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 11 2 2 0 0 2.86 5 2 0 0 4.68
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 55 27 16 3 0 3.45 6 3 3 0 4.02
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 1 3 0 0 4.21
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 33 11 14 0 1 3.72
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 56 31 16 4 2 3.35 17 10 6 0 3.01
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 4 5 3 0 3.33 2 0 1 0 3.24
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 26 10 10 3 4 2.99 9 6 3 0 3.31
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 36 13 19 1 1 3.28
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 1 0 0 0 7.00
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 10 12 5 1 3.65
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 36 18 9 6 3 2.64 5 4 1 0 2.93
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 15 4 8 0 2 3.18 1 0 0 0 3.00
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 37 9 16 5 1 3.39
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 16 8 3 1 1 2.99
NHL Totals 191 67 75 21 9 3.22 8 4 2 0 2.96


Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1991) (shared with David Littman) Scored a goal while with Rochester (AHL), December 6, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by Buffalo for Minnesota's 8th round pick (Jiri Kuntos) in 1991 NHL Draft and Minnesota's 5th round pick (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Chris Deruiter) in 1992 NHL Draft, May 26, 1991. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 23, 1996.
Suffered career-ending knee injury in game vs. Washington, January 4, 1997.
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