Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Defelice
Goalie Norm DeFelice made ten appearances for the Boston Bruins in 1956-57 as a temporary replacement for Terry Sawchuk. He spent nearly two decades in the minors and enjoyed his greatest success in the Eastern League.

Born in Schumacher, Ontario, DeFelice played junior with the Waterloo Hurricanes and St. Catharines Teepees then spent the 1953-54 schedule with the MMHL's Sudbury Millionaires. He soon found plenty of work in the AHL and IHL and was known to all the NHL clubs. In December, 1956, he was recalled by the Bruins to replace Terry Sawchuk who was hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. DeFelice posted a 3.00 goals against average and a 3-5-2 won/lost record during his brief stay in the leagues.

In 1957-58, the steady netminder played 45 games for the Clinton Comets of the EHL and was a regular in the league until 1964-65. Along the way he led the EHL in shutouts five times, including 15 in 1964-65 and was a six-time winner of the George L. Davis trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league. DeFelice was also named to the EHL first all-star team four times, the second team once and led the Washington Presidents (1959) and Clinton Comets (1964) to league championships. Before retiring in 1970 he played a couple of years of senior hockey in the OHA where his best season was 1967-68 when he led all goalies with a 2.14 goals against average while playing for the Galt Hornets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1951-52 Waterloo Hurricanes OHA-Jr. 18 0 7.89
1952-53 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 20 2 2.75 2 0 4.00
1953-54 Sydney Millionaires MMHL 69 35 30 3 7 3.39 12 5 7 0 1 2.88
1953-54 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1954-55 Johnstown Jets IHL 37 0 3.30
1954-55 Hershey Bears AHL 21 9 11 1 1 3.90
1954-55 Toledo Mercurys IHL 4 0 5.25
1954-55 Washington Lions EHL 1 1 0 0 0 5.00
1955-56 Hershey Bears AHL 22 7 13 2 0 4.14
1955-56 Washington Lions EHL 4 0 3.00
1956-57 Hershey Bears AHL 8 6 1 1 2 2.57
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 10 3 5 2 0 3.00
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 8 1 6 1 0 4.56
1957-58 Clinton Comets EHL 45 1 3.60
1957-58 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 2 0 2 0 0 5.00
1957-58 Charlotte Clippers EHL 1 0 1 0 0 8.00
1957-58 Washington Presidents EHL 12 8 4 0 1 2.67
1958-59 Clinton Comets EHL 63 41 20 2 3 2.82 8 8 0 0 1 2.25
1959-60 Clinton Comets EHL 37 4 2.62 8 3 5 0 0 2.88
1959-60 Greensboro Generals EHL 1 1 0 0 0 4.00
1960-61 Clinton Comets EHL 60 29 29 2 6 3.49 4 1 3 0 0 3.75
1961-62 Clinton Comets EHL 68 45 22 1 5 2.99 6 1 5 0 0 3.65
1962-63 Clinton Comets EHL 63 36 21 6 8 2.59 13 8 5 0 0 3.23
1963-64 Clinton Comets EHL 66 35 24 7 8 2.92 12 7 5 0 1 3.70
1964-65 Clinton Comets EHL 69 15 2.38 11 5 6 0 0 2.86
1965-66 Jersey Devils EHL 62 1 3.85
1965-66 Long Island Ducks EHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.00
1966-67 Jersey Devils EHL 52 0 2.81 9 5 4 0 0 3.22
1967-68 Galt Hornets OHA-Sr. 29 5 2.14
1968-69 Long Island Ducks EHL 23 1 3.26
1969-70 Galt Hornets OHA-Sr. 13 1 2.46
NHL Totals 10 3 5 2 0 3.00


EHL First All-Star Team (1959, 1962, 1963)
George L. Davis Jr. Trophy (fewest goals against - EHL) (1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
EHL Second All-Star Team (1961, 1964)
EHL North First All-Star Team (1965)
EHL North Second All-Star Team (1967)
Loaned to Sydney (MMHL) by Boston for cash, October 5, 1953. Promoted to Boston from Hershey (AHL) to replace Terry Sawchuk who was hospitalized for nervous exhaustion, December 13, 1956. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Boston with future considerations (Floyd Smith, June, 1957) and the loan of Jack Bionda for Don Simmons, January 22, 1957. Traded to Jersey (EHL) by Clinton (EHL) with Hec Lalande, Ted Sydlowski and Benny Woit for Ed Babiuk, Pat Kelly and Borden Smith, August, 1965. Traded to Long Island (EHL) by Jersey (EHL) for Bob Brown, September, 1968.
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