Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Edwards
Gary Edwards played two years of junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros from 1966 to 1968. He looked like a fine between-the-pipes prospect when the St. Louis Blues selected him 6th overall. The choice made sense for the Blue Notes who needed to secure a young goalkeeper or two to eventually replace their ancient tandem of Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante.

As a pro, Edwards was the beneficiary of tutelage from Hall and Plante during his brief time with the club. One night, when Plante got injured and Hall was busy suiting up, Edwards stole away his first four minutes of NHL action. The puck was dropped and in came Stan Mikita who fired a shot and a life-long memory into Edwards' glove for his first big-league save.

But in spite of his four minutes of shutout hockey, he never got a chance to crack the Blues' lineup. He spent virtually all of his time in the minors, even after the Buffalo Sabres claimed him in the Expansion Draft of 1970. It wasn't until the L.A. Kings claimed him in a 1971 Waiver Draft that he finally floated to the surface in the NHL.

For five-and-a-half seasons, Edwards served as a very competent backup to Rogie Vachon. Over that time, he would often step between the pipes to give his club a lift. And although he might have been a number-one stopper for other NHL clubs, Edward played under the motto that he'd rather be number two on a strong team than number one on a poor team. And since he couldn't control his destination in the event of a trade, he felt it wise to stick with a known quantity -- in this case, the L.A. Kings.

But in 1977, Edwards was moved to the Cleveland Barons, a club on the financial ropes. The backstopper ended up living in a hotel with his family as the team went bankrupt. Solvency finally arrived, however, when the club's assets were transferred to the Minnesota North Stars. In Minneapolis, it looked like Edwards might have finally found a home. But young Don Beaupre came on the scene to steal away the starting post as the Stars' netminder.

In 1980, Edwards was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. But the well-traveled goalkeeper wasn't too pleased to be playing in Canada where more restrictive tax laws were in force. The following campaign, his last, he joined the St. Louis Blues for a brief time before rounding out his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1965-66 Toronto Westclairs ON-Jr.B
1966-67 Toronto Westclairs ON-Jr.B
1966-67 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 8 0 4.62
1967-68 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 38 2 3.20 5 0 3.72
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1968-69 Kansas City Blues CHL 32 4 3.00 4 1 3 0 0 4.50
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 34 11 17 6 2 3.38
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 3 2 0 1 1 1.00
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 4 4 0 0 0 3.00
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 35 2 2.58
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 13 23 5 2 3.60
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 9 16 1 1 3.62
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 5 7 2 1 3.23 1 1 0 0 1.00
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 15 3 8 3 2.34
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 29 12 13 4 0 3.55 2 1 1 0 4.50
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 0 6 2 0 4.67
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 17 4 10 3 2 4.08
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 30 6 18 5 0 4.52
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 25 6 11 5 0 3.72
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 26 9 7 10 0 3.20 7 3 3 0 3.92
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 2 0 0 1 2.07
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 5 3 4 0 3.62 1 0 0 0 6.00
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 1 5 1 0 5.63
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 3 2 1 1 3.67
NHL Totals 286 88 125 51 10 3.64 11 5 4 0 3.79


Loaned to San Diego (WHL) by St. Louis (Kansas City-CHL) for the loan of Bob Champoux, November, 1969. Claimed by Buffalo from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Loaned to St. Louis (Kansas City-CHL) by Buffalo for cash, October, 1970. Claimed by Los Angeles from Buffalo in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Traded to Cleveland by Los Angeles with Juha Widing for Gary Simmons and Jim Moxey, January 22, 1977. Placed on Minnesota reserve list after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for future considerations, February 2, 1981. Claimed by St. Louis from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 8, 1981. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from St. Louis, February 14, 1982.
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