24. Pat Stapleton

Before he was a Chicago Blackhawk, Pat Stapleton was a Toronto Maple Leaf for all of one day as he was left unprotected after being traded from the Boston Bruins.  Had the Bruins knew what Stapleton was going to accomplish in Chi-Town they likely never would have traded him and Leafs would never have left him unprotected.

In his first season with Chicago, Stapleton was a Second Team All Star and was third in Norris Trophy voting.  He would later have four consecutive 40 Point seasons and in the 1970-71 and 1971-72 season he again was a Second Team All Star and in both seasons he was fourth in Norris voting.  Stapleton’s rank here would have been higher had he not decided to be one of the many players to join the upstart World Hockey Association.  Coincidentally, he would stay in Chicago joining the Chicago Cougars.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Claimed from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Intra-League Draft 6/9/65.
  • Departed: Signed with the Chicago Cougars of the WHA prior to the 1973-74 Season.
  • Games Played: 545
  • Notable Statistics: 41 Goals
    286 Assists
    327 Points
    301 PIM
    .43 PPG
    +201 Plus/Minus
    63.0 Point Shares
    49 Points in 65 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (1966, 1971 & 1972)
    All-Star (1967, 1969, 1971 & 1972)
    Most Defensive Point Shares (1967)

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