Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Cutts
Netminder Don Cutts was drafted by the New York Islanders in the midst of his four-year collegiate career. Cutts was twice named an All-Star during his time with the RPI Engineers then turned professional in 1974. Cutts spent five seasons in the minors splitting his time between the International Hockey League and the Central League. His best season came in 1976 with the Muskegon Mohawks when he was a First Team All Star and captured the IHL's James Norris Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the goaltender with the lowest goals-against average. Despite his minor league success, Cutts was never given an opportunity by the Rangers and was allowed to leave the organization as a free agent.

On January 12, 1980 Cutts signed a deal with the Edmonton Oilers and it would prove to be his ticket to the big leagues. Cutts played six games for the Oilers and was able to record a victory and a tie against two losses.

Cutts played two more seasons after his stint with the Oilers which included a 26 game stay in Finland before retiring in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1970-71 RPI Engineers ECAC 8 2.73
1971-72 RPI Engineers ECAC 21 1 3.43
1972-73 RPI Engineers ECAC 30 1 3.54
1973-74 RPI Engineers ECAC 30 14 15 1 0 4.57
1974-75 Fort Worth Texans CHL 15 2 10 0 0 4.50
1974-75 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 9 2 2.62 1 0 1 0 0 5.55
1975-76 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 58 5 2.82 4 1 3 0 0 4.75
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 34 12 14 7 2 3.40
1976-77 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 0 3.00
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 44 23 13 2 2 2.88 6 3 2 0 0 2.57
1978-79 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 27 0 4.37
1978-79 Fort Worth Texans CHL 7 1 3 0 0 3.60 3 0 2 0 0 2.78
1979-80 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 25 4 3.13
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 1 2 1 0 3.57
1979-80 Houston Apollos CHL 28 11 13 3 2 3.04 5 1 3 0 0 4.38
1980-81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 2 1 1 0 0 6.00 3 0 2 0 0 3.58
1980-81 Kiekkoreipas Lahti Finland 26
1981-82 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 24 0 5.34
NHL Totals 6 1 2 1 0 3.56


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1972, 1973)
ECAC Rookie of the Year (1972)
IHL First All-Star Team (1976)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1976)
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, January 12, 1980.
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