Barry Beck

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Barry Beck
Born (1957-06-03) June 3, 1957 (age 57)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1977
Colorado Rockies
WHA Draft 2nd overall, 1977
Calgary Cowboys
Playing career 1977–1990

Barry David Beck (born June 3, 1957) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. Beck helped the Bruins win the 1977 Memorial Cup, and was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[1] He opted to move to the NHL over the WHA, and began his career with the Colorado Rockies. He also played for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings over the course of his career, and retired in 1990.

Beck set a record in his rookie year for goals by a rookie defenceman, with 22, and was runner up to Mike Bossy for the Calder Trophy that year.[2] Brian Leetch subsequently broke the record in 1989 with 23 goals.

Beck told the story of his trade to the Rangers: "One time, in Colorado, (coach) Don Cherry's dog Blue came waddling into our locker room. He came in and, you know how those dogs do it, he rubbed his butt on the floor - right in front of my locker, in the area I used to do push-ups. So I gave Blue a little whack with my stick and he ran yelping down the hall back to Don's office. Then Don came in and asked who did it? We kind of looked around, said we didn't know. The next day I got traded to New York."[3] The Rangers acquired him on November 2, 1979, in exchange for Pat Hickey, Lucien DeBlois, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations.[4]

While a member of the NY Rangers, Beck was often implored by broadcaster Bill Chadwick to shoot the puck more often.[5] The phrase, "Shoot the puck, Barry" is still known by many Rangers fans to this day.

Beck lives and coaches in Hong Kong men's national ice hockey team with the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey.[3]

Beck is also currently the head coach of the Hong Kong National Ice Hockey Team which participated in the 2014 division 3 world championships in Luxembourg and the 2014 Challenge Cup of Asia.

Legacy[edit]

  • Beck was ranked No. 62 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Kamloops Chiefs WCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1974–75 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 58 9 33 42 162 18 4 9 13 52
1975–76 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 68 19 80 99 325 17 3 9 12 58
1976–77 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 61 16 46 62 167 12 4 6 10 39
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 75 22 38 60 89 2 0 1 1 0
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 63 14 28 42 91
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 1 5 6 8
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 61 14 45 59 98 9 1 4 5 6
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 75 11 23 34 231 14 5 8 13 32
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 60 9 29 38 111 10 1 5 6 14
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 22 34 112 9 2 4 6 8
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 72 9 27 36 132 4 1 0 1 6
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 56 7 19 26 65 3 0 1 1 11
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 25 4 8 12 24
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 1 7 8 53
11 seasons NHL total 615 104 251 355 1014 51 10 23 33 77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memorial Cup Awards". Mastercard Memorial Cup. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Barry David Beck". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Barry 'Bubba' Beck". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Barry Beck". All Time Roster. New York Rangers.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Goldstein, Richard (26 October 2009). "Bill Chadwick, Hockey Referee and Broadcaster, Dies at 94". New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paul Gardner
Colorado Rockies first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Mike Gillis
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Walt Tkaczuk
New York Rangers captain
198186
Succeeded by
Ron Greschner