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Portland Buckaroos Team Records
14560 White Lane Se
Jefferson, Oregon 97352
United States

Company Description: vintage hockey, Hockey Memorabilia, Portland Buckaroos, game used hockey, vintage hockey memorabilia, vintage hockey, hockey, memorabilia, Game Used Hockey...   more

Employment History

  • Top Defenseman
    World Hockey Association
  • Indianapolis Racers
  • Chicago Cougars
  • 1972 Summit
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Boston Bruins

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisory Board Member
    World Hockey Association
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Hockey Memorabilia, Vintage Hockey Memorabilia, vintage hockey, Portland Buckaroos, WHL, Lester Patrick Cup, 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
After a solid year with the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the Eastern Professional Hockey League, Stapleton was claimed by Boston in the Inter-League Draft in June 1961. The Bruins were a weak outfit at this time and were able to give Stapleton a fair 18-month trial before sending him to the minors. Stapleton played 90 games for the Bruins and then spent nearly three years in the minors. He excelled with the Portland Buckaroos of the WHL from 1963 to 1965, where he often played center. He scored 29 goals in 1963-64 from his pivot spot. Stapleton was voted to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1966 and duplicated this honor in 1971 and 1972. He played with the Hawks until the end of the 1972-73 season and helped the squad reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1971 and 1973. His quick hands and lightning reflexes, combined with a hard, accurate shot, made him one of the more effective point men in the NHL. Defensively, he was a master of the poke-check and was able to consistently steer opponents away from the goal. Stapleton and defense partner Bill White developed into one of the NHL's elite tandems.
Stapleton was on the ice when Paul Henderson scored the dramatic series-winning goal with 34 seconds left in the third period.
Stapleton and White were also known for their pranks that helped keep the Chicago and Canada teams loose.
Prior to the 1973-74 season, Stapleton signed with the Chicago Cougars of the WHA as player-coach. In his first year he scored 58 points in 78 games and won the Dennis A. Murphy Trophy as the league's top defenseman. He was also named to the WHA First All-Star Team. In a unique twist, he and teammates Dave Dryden, Ralph Backstrom and Rod Zaine bought the team to keep it going for the duration of the season. The club lasted one more year before folding, whereupon Stapleton joined the Indianapolis Racers. His last pro season in 1975-76 proved very rewarding. In only its second year of operation, the Racers won the East Division championship of the WHA and came within one game of reaching the Avco Cup finals. The team started poorly but improved dramatically as Stapleton's influence on the younger players began to have an affect. Before the start of the next season, he played in the 1974 series that pitted the USSR against the top Canadian players from the WHA. Before retiring from the game, Stapleton moved on to the Indianapolis Racers and the Cincinnati Stingers. Whitey Stapleton left hockey in 1978 after scoring 337 points in the NHL and 238 in the WHA.
Pat Stapleton
WHA Hall of Fame Members 2, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Pat Stapleton
Pat Stapleton (WHA All-Star, coach, GM & Chicago Cougars co-owner)
1972 Summit Series: A September to Remember, 16 Nov 2013 [cached]
Bobby Clarke and Ron Ellis each had a pair of assists, as did defenseman Pat Stapleton.
Spirit Announce OHL All-Star Classic Honorees, 3 Nov 2007 [cached]
Honorary Captain Pat Stapleton will represent the OHL Western Conference.Stapleton played for the Spirit franchise back when it was known as the St. Catharines Teepees.He began his NHL career in 1961 and saw action with the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.Stapleton helped Canada seize victory in the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR.
Official Website of the NHL Alumni as powered by SLAM! Sports, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
Pat Stapleton
Sometimes you just can't keep a good man down, or in the case of Pat Stapleton, on the sidelines.
The prognosis, both short and long term, wasn't for very good for Stapleton, as the Chicago Blackhawks prepared for the 1970-71 campaign with the collective mindset their capable defenceman wouldn't be able to play.
In mid-August of 1970, Stapleton, who began his NHL career with Boston after being claimed from Chicago in the 1961 Intra-League Draft, required crutches to function, hardly the image 'Hawks fans and players wanted to see.
"Doug Mohn broke his arm and the coach really had no choice but to have me play," recalled Stapleton, who went to record seven goals, 44 assists and was also named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1970-71.
After a strong campaign in the Eastern Professional Hockey League in 1960-61, Stapleton was given the opportunity to play with the Boston Bruins, a team that was struggling to keep pace with the competition on most nights.
The defenceman managed to stay with the Boston for a year-and-a-half before being sent to the minors, where he would spend nearly three years.As a member of the Portland Buckaroos, Stapleton distinguished himself as a solid and versatile competitor, often playing the position of centre.
One day after being dealt to Toronto by the Bruins, Chicago claimed Stapleton on June 9, 1965.This time, though, there was ample opportunity for the eager rearguard to have long-term success at the NHL level.
While he proved to be a capable goal-scoring threat, setting up teammates with first-rate passes was Stapleton's true forte, often threading the puck through a maze of skates and sticks to create a high-percentage shot.
A three-time Second Team All-Star, Stapleton was equally adept at poking the puck away from rivals with a swift flick of his stick, teaming with the aforementioned Bill White to rate one of the best defensive duos in the league at the time.
Seconds after the final horn sounded, Stapleton grabbed the famous puck, the one he still has at his house to this very day.
Just before the start of the 1973-74 season, Stapleton signed a contract with the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association, both as a player and coach.After 58 points in 78 games during his "rookie" campaign, the blueliner was honoured with the Dennis A. Murphy Award as the WHA's top defenceman.
Stapleton had a profound effect on an Indianapolis Racers squad that had a horrendous start to their second year in the WHA, but battled on bravely to come within one game of reaching the league championship series.
In 1977-78, as a member of the Cincinnati Stingers, Stapleton, in his final year of hockey, once again brought his trademark professionalism to the dressing room and rink, finishing the year with 49 points in 65 games.
A fitting end to a long and prosperous career, one that very easily could have been much shorter and far less memorable.
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