Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim McLeod
Goaltender Jim McLeod began his ascent to professional hockey in 1955 at the age of 18 as a member of the Port Arthur Bearcats of the Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League. From there he spent four years with the Vernon Canadians, a semi-pro senior league team. He was loaned to the Kelowna Packers for three games during the Allan Cup playdowns, eventually won that year by the Chatham Maroons.

McLeod turned pro in 1960-61 at the age of 23, becoming the first-string goalie for the Muskegon Zephyrs, manning the crease for 62 games. He also made brief stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the early 1960's in the WHL but spent most of the mid 1960's with the league's Seattle Totems along with such others as Bill Dineen and Pat Quinn. From 1967 to 1971 McLeod tended goal for the Portland Buckaroos. He was consistently one of the league's top netminders and won the annual Best Goaltender Trophy five times, three individually and twice shared.

In June, 1971 the St. Louis Blues claimed McLeod in the Inter-League Draft and he appeared in the only 16 games of his NHL career with the Blues in 1971-72, posting an official 6-6-4 record. The Blues seemed uncertain as to who their top goalie was to be that year, rotating no less than five goalies, including McLeod. The others were; Ernie Wakely, Jacques Caron, Peter McDuffe and Wayne Stephenson.

The arrival of the WHA in 1972-73 presented an alternative for players like McLeod, who was drafted by the Chicago Cougars. It was the chance to finally make the kind of money which, until then had exclusively been reserved for those good enough to play in the NHL. He was installed as Chicago's number-one netminder, playing 54 games. In the offseason he was traded to the New York Raiders, but after starting just ten games was traded again to the Los Angeles Sharks. He posted a combined record of seven wins and 20 losses.

McLeod followed the Sharks franchise when it relocated to Michigan for the 1974-75 season and was renamed the Stags but again posted a losing record of 3-6-1. After playing a handful of games in the minors, he retired at the age of 38.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1955-56 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL
1956-57 Vernon Canadians OSHL 4 0 3.75
1957-58 Vernon Canadians OSHL 2 0 6.00
1958-59 Vernon Canadians OSHL 6 1 5.00
1959-60 Vernon Canadians OSHL 44 2 3.36 13 7 5 1 1 3.38
1959-60 Kelowna Packers Al-Cup 3 0 3 0 0 6.67
1960-61 Muskegon Zephyrs IHL 62 1 4.34 13 5 8 0 0 3.38
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 7 5 2 0 0 3.36
1961-62 Muskegon Zephyrs IHL 47 1 3.34 9 8 1 0 0 3.11
1961-62 Seattle Totems WHL 12 6 6 0 0 3.08
1962-63 San Francisco Seals WHL 67 43 23 1 4 3.01 17 10 7 0 3 3.19
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 39 18 15 6 4 3.26 5 2 2 0 0 3.23
1964-65 Seattle Totems WHL 65 35 27 3 5 2.74 7 3 4 0 1 2.71
1965-66 Seattle Totems WHL 46 20 23 2 2 3.64
1966-67 Seattle Totems WHL 42 26 11 4 4 2.40 8 6 2 0 1 1.88
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 33 18 10 4 4 2.23 7 4 3 0 1 2.51
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 42 23 9 8 3 2.29 8 4 3 0 0 3.74
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 33 21 9 0 0 3.44 9 5 4 0 2 2.78
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 47 32 10 3 5 2.70 11 8 3 0 1 2.03
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 6 6 4 0 3.00
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 13 9 3 0 0 2.78 11 5 6 0 0 3.55
1972-73 Chicago Cougars WHA 54 22 25 2 1 3.32
1973-74 New York/New Jersey Knights WHA 10 3 7 0 0 4.18
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 17 4 13 0 1 4.27
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 16 3 6 1 0 4.58
1974-75 Syracuse Blazers NAPro 3 3 0 0 0 1.67
1974-75 Greensboro Generals SHL 2 0 4.00
NHL Totals 16 6 6 4 0 3.00


OSHL First All-Star Team (1960)
WHL First All-Star Team (1965, 1969)
Leading Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1965, 1967)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1968, 1971)
Leading Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1968) (shared with Marv Edwards)
Leading Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1969, 1971) (shared with Dave Kelly)
Traded to Portland (WHL) by Seattle (WHL) with cash for Don Head, September, 1967. Claimed by St. Louis from Portland (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 7, 1971. Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to NY Raiders (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for cash, July, 1973. Traded to LA Sharks (WHA) by New York-Jersey (WHA) for Earl Heiskala and Russ Gillow, January, 1974. Transferred to Michigan (WHA) after LA Sharks (WHA) franchise relocated, April 1974.
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