Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Janecyk
Goalie Bob Janecyk spent two full seasons and parts of four others in the NHL during the 1980s. His combination of size and quickness served him well during his decade-long of pro career.

Between 1975 and 1979, Janecyk played in his hometown with Chicago State University. An outstanding college player, he was voted on to the NCAA West All-America team three straight years between 1976 and 1978. He spent 1979-80 in the IHL and posted a fine 3.48 goals against average in 40 games with the Fort Wayne Komets. Following the season he was placed on the league's second all-star team and was signed as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks.

Janecyk apprenticed in the AHL for three years before getting a chance to play in the NHL. In 1981-82 he led all AHL netminders with eleven post-season wins when the New Brunswick Hawks won the Calder Cup. After the season, he and teammate Warren Skorodenski were presented the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for allowing the fewest goals in the league.

The next year he played for the Springfield Indians and led the AHL with three shutouts and nearly 2,800 minuets played. Janecyk played eight games for Chicago in 1983-84 and did not look out of place. He was a part of history as his recall spelled the end of Tony Esposito's storied career in the Windy City. One of the most emotional nights of the young goalie's career occurred in the Chicago Stadium when the crowd started chanting his name towards the end of his first ever victory. Ultimately, Janecyk's path to regular NHL duty was impeded by workhorse Murray Bannerman and Bannerman's understudy, Darren Pang.

Just before the start of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Janecyk was involved in a major trade between the Hawks and the L.A. Kings. The crux of the deal was a switch of first round draft choices that saw Chicago native Ed Olczyk end up in his home town. For Janecyk, the deal gave him a chance to win a regular job with a team that was not as deep in net as Chicago. A sidebar to this deal was the inclusion of a 4th-round pick that the Kings used to draft future baseball star Tom Glavine.

Janecyk played 89 games for Los Angeles in 1984-85 and 1985-86, winning 36 contests and registering two shutouts. Eventually his playing time was reduced when the Kings opted to go with Daren Eliot as the back-up to veteran Roland Melanson. Janecyk retired in 1989 after two solid seasons with the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1975-76 Chicago State University NCAA-2
1976-77 Chicago State University NCAA-2
1977-78 Chicago State University NCAA-2
1978-79 Chicago State University NCAA-2
1979-80 Flint Generals IHL 2 0 2.53
1979-80 Chicago Cardinals ConHL 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
1979-80 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 40 1 3.48 3 0 2.70
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 34 11 18 1 0 4.10
1981-82 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 53 32 13 7 2 2.85 14 11 2 0 1 2.35
1982-83 Springfield Indians AHL 47 19 24 4 3 3.64
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 2 3 1 0 4.08
1983-84 Springfield Indians AHL 30 14 11 4 0 3.39
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 22 21 8 2 3.66 3 0 3 0 3.26
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 38 14 16 4 0 4.67
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 4 3 0 0 4.86
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 1 4 0 0 4.55
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 37 19 13 3 1 3.47
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 4.00
1988-89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 34 14 13 6 1 3.95
NHL Totals 110 43 47 13 2 4.14 3 0 3 0 3.26


NCAA (College Div.) West All-American Team (1976, 1977, 1978)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.- Born Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1980)
AHL First All-Star Team (1982, 1983)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1982) (shared with Warren Skorodenski)
Signed as a free agent by Chicago, June 3, 1980. Traded to Los Angeles by Chicago with Chicago's 1st (Craig Redmond), 3rd (John English) and 4th (Tom Glavine) round picks in 1984 NHL Draft for Los Angeles' 1st (Ed Olczyk) and 4th (Tommy Eriksson) round picks in 1984 NHL Draft, June 9, 1984.
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