Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Norris
Journeyman goalkeeper Jack Norris played 58 career games for three different NHL clubs. The majority of his time was spent in the World Hockey Association and the minors during a pro career that spanned thirteen seasons.

The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played four years with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. The Boston Bruins prospect spent two years on the club's Los Angeles Blades farm team in the WHL. In 1964-65 he won ten games and recorded a shutout as the back up to Eddie Johnston but was unable to keep his place when youngster Gerry Cheevers came along. On May 15, 1967 he was traded to Chicago as part of the monumental deal that brought Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield to Boston.

Norris played a few games for the Hawks but was chiefly a farmhand before he was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens in the Intra-League Draft in June 1969. He played 55 games in the AHL for the Montreal Voyageurs but was never recalled by the Habs. Prior to the 1970-71 season, Norris was traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he played 25 games as back up to Denis Dejordy. Norris spent most of the 1971-72 season with the weak Seattle Totems of the WHL.

The veteran netminder's career took a turn for the better with the emergence of the AHA. Norris joined the Alberta Oilers during the league's first season and led all netminders with 63 appearances. He remained with the franchise the next year and played 53 games before joining the Phoenix Roadrunners. Norris spent two years in the desert and played well while splitting the goaltending chores with Gary Kurt. He retired in 1976 after winning 21 games in 41 appearances for Phoenix.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1959-60 Estevan Bruins SJHL 19 1 4.24
1960-61 Estevan Bruins SJHL 49 3 3.02 7 0 3.16
1961-62 Estevan Bruins SJHL 42 7 2.16 10 6 3 1 0 2.42
1962-63 Estevan Bruins SJHL 54 5 2.57 12 7 4 1 0 3.00
1962-63 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 6 2 4 0 0 3.73
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 31 13 16 2 2 3.71 8 4 4 0 0 3.79
1963-64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 4 2 1 1 0 4.75
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 38 18 19 1 1 3.80
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 23 10 11 2 1 3.70
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 20 5 15 0 0 5.85
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 18 9 7 2 1 2.94
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 35 14 17 3 2 3.80
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 2 3 0 1 3.95
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 39 13 15 10 0 3.27
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 1 0 0 0 6.00
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 36 4 2.80 11 10 1 0 0 2.36
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 55 4 2.74 8 4 4 0 1 2.91
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 25 7 11 2 0 3.91
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 38 5 28 5 2 4.14
1971-72 Springfield Kings AHL 10 5 4 1 0 3.80 2 0 2 0 0 7.78
1972-73 Alberta Oilers WHA 64 28 29 3 1 3.06
1973-74 Edmonton Oilers WHA 53 23 24 1 2 3.21 3 0 2 0 0 4.86
1974-75 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 33 14 15 4 1 3.27 2 0 2 0 0 6.00
1975-76 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 41 21 14 4 1 3.18 5 2 3 0 0 3.42
NHL Totals 58 20 25 4 2 3.88


SJHL First All-Star Team (1962, 1963)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
Promoted to Boston from Los Angeles (WHL) after Eddie Johnston suffered hand injury in game vs. Toronto, January 30, 1965. Traded to Chicago by Boston with Gilles Marotte and Pit Martin for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield, May 15, 1967. Claimed by Montreal from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal with Larry Mickey and Lucien Grenier for Leon Rochefort, Gregg Boddy and Wayne Thomas, May 22, 1970. Claimed by Seattle (WHL) from Los Angeles in Reverse Draft, June, 1971. Selected by Calgary-Cleveland (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Alberta (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for cash, June, 1972. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1974. Traded to Phoenix (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) for Ray Reeson, September, 1974.
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