Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Curt Ridley
Curt Ridley played junior for the Portage Terriers before turning pro in the Boston Bruins organization in 1971. His timing, however, left much to be desired. The Bruins already had Gerry Cheevers and Eddie Johnston at their disposal. So Ridley would have to make due as a distant, minor-league backup.

He spent the next three seasons tending goal along the Bruins' chain in Oklahoma, Dayton, Boston, and Providence without ever seeing the light of an NHL day. In 1973, the New York Rangers in a Reverse Draft claimed Ridley. But as was the case in Boston, the Rangers were well stocked between the posts with Eddie Giacomin and Gilles Villemure. As such, Ridley bided his time with the Providence Reds of the AHL.

At the start of the following campaign, Ridley was traded to the Atlanta Flames organization where, as usual, the team was in thick with goaltending talent, this time in the form of Dan Bouchard and Phil Myre. Ridley tended goal for the Tulsa Oilers where he won the Terry Sawchuck Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the CHL.

Ridley finally caught his big break when he was traded to Vancouver in 1976. With the Canucks, he saw regular NHL duty for two seasons. Wins were scarce, however, while losses and high goals-against-averages were in abundance. The clincher came with the arrival of a flashy redhead named Glen Hanlon who wrestled starting status away from Ridley. The latter was dispatched to the Dallas Blackhawks for the 1978-79 season.

The following year, Ridley picked up ten more games in a Canuck sweater and was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were also well stocked with goalies, but they all went down with injuries and illnesses at about the same time. Ridley was rushed into the lineup and had a bad outing. Then, in his second week with the club, he broke his right hand thus nixing any hope of making a big impression.

During his second campaign in Toronto, the team continued to juggle five goaltenders which meant that Ridley was, for the most part, inactive. He appeared in three games and was then sent to the minors where he rounded out his career with New Brunswick and Cincinnati where he hung up his pads for good in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1968-69 Portage Terriers MJHL
1969-70 Portage Terriers MJHL 23 0 3.86
1970-71 Portage Terriers MJHL 45 5 3.31
1970-71 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 5 0 2.81
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 41 12 18 4 1 4.07 1 0 1 0 0 7.14
1972-73 Dayton Gems IHL 56 2 2.70 6 3 3 0 0 3.17
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 4 0 3 0 0 5.31
1973-74 Providence Reds AHL 39 19 11 6 1 2.87 1 1 0 0 0 4.00
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 1 0 0 5.19
1974-75 Providence Reds AHL 57 32 14 9 1 3.27 6 2 4 0 0 3.86
1975-76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 30 15 10 5 2 2.66
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 6 0 2 1 2.28 2 0 2 0 4.00
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 37 8 21 4 0 3.88
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 40 9 17 8 0 4.06
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 33 22 10 0 1 3.69 9 8 1 0 0 3.00
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 2 6 2 0 3.91
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 0 0 4.36
1979-80 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 4 0 4 0 0 5.78
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 1 1 0 0 5.81
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.50
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 22 10 6 1 0 4.20 1 0 1 0 0 2.86
NHL Totals 104 27 47 16 1 3.87 2 0 2 0 4.00


MJHL First All-Star Team (1971)
Terry Sawchuk Trophy (fewest goals against - CHL) (1976)
Max McNab Trophy (Playoff MVP - CHL) (1979)
Claimed by NY Rangers (Providence-AHL) from Boston in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1973. Traded to Atlanta by NY Rangers for Jerry Byers, September 9, 1975. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta for Vancouver's 1st round pick (Dave Shand) in 1976 Amateur Draft, January 20, 1976. Traded to Toronto by Vancouver for cash, February 10, 1980.
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