Netminder Joe Junkin played all of eight minutes for the Boston Bruins in 1968-69. He was best known as a journeyman in the minors and for his solid work in the World Hockey Association.
Born in Lindsay, Ontario, Junkin played Junior B with the Bobcaygeon Bobcats and senior hockey with the Belleville Mohawks before signing with Boston as a free agent. He was acquired by the Bruins as insurance for their farm system. To this end, he played 36 games for the Oklahoma City Blazers in 1968-69 and 1969-70. During his eight minutes in goal for Boston, Junkin did not allow a goal.
In 1972-73 he enjoyed a solid year in the EHL, leading the league with five shutouts while playing for the Syracuse Blazers. Following the season he was placed on the EHL North first all-star team. Junkin signed with the New York Raiders and played 53 games for the club in 1973-74. He remained with the franchise when it relocated and became known as the San Diego Mariners but his playing time was reduced and he finished the year in the NAHL with the Syracuse Blazers. He retired in 1976 after suiting up for the Tidewater Sharks and Roanoke Valley Rebels of the Southern Hockey League.