Behn Wilson

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Behn Wilson
Behn Wilson 1984.JPG
Wilson in 1984
Born (1958-12-19) December 19, 1958 (age 55)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Black Hawks
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1978
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1978–1988

Behn Alexander Wilson (born December 19, 1958) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Black Hawks.

Playing career[edit]

Wilson played his junior hockey in the OMJHL with the Ottawa 67's from 1975–1977, the Windsor Spitfires from 1976–1977, and the Kingston Canadians from 1977–1978. In 163 career games, he got 154 points (35 goals-119 assists), and in 14 playoff games, he registered 9 points (4G-5A). Wilson also played part of the 1976–77 season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, getting 9 points (2G-7A) in 13 games. He was known for his both his end-to-end rushes and his penalty minutes in his junior career. Wilson was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round, 6th overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilson stepped right into the Flyers lineup in 1978–79, playing in all 80 games, getting 49 points (18G-31A), along with 197 PIM. Those marks set team rookie records for a defenceman. In 5 playoff games, he scored a goal. In 1979–80, Wilson played in 61 games, earning 34 points (9G-25A) to go with 212 PIM. In the 1980 playoffs, he got 13 points (4G-9A) in 19 games. Wilson had his best season in 1980–81, getting 63 points (17G-46A) in 77 games, and a career high 237 PIM. He added 12 points (2G-10A) in 12 playoff games. Wilson's production slipped in 1981–82, getting 36 points (13G-23A) in 59 games, and 5 points (1G-4A) in 4 playoff games. In 1982–83, he played in 62 games, getting 32 points (8G-24A), and had an assist in 3 playoff games. On June 8, 1983, the Flyers traded Wilson to the Chicago Black Hawks for Doug Crossman and Chicago's 2nd round pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, which turned out to be Scott Mellanby.

Wilson appeared in 59 games in 1983–84, getting 32 points (10G-22A) with Chicago, then went pointless in 4 playoff games. In 1984–85, he registered 33 points (10G-23A), and added 9 points (4G-5A) in 15 playoff games. Wilson had a very productive 1985–86 season, getting 50 points (13G-37A) in 69 games. In 2 playoff games, Wilson had no points. He missed the entire 1986–87 season due to a back injury, but came back in 1987–88 getting 29 points (6G-23A) in 58 games. On October 3, 1988, the Vancouver Canucks claimed Wilson in the Waiver Draft, however he did not play in any games in the 1988–89 season due to his back injury.

Wilson would never play another game, as he retired after the 1988–89 season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 63 5 16 21 131 12 3 2 5 46
1976–77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 31 8 29 37 115
1976–77 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 17 4 16 20 38
1976–77 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 13 2 7 9 40
1977–78 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 52 18 58 76 186 2 1 3 4 21
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 13 36 49 197 5 1 0 1 8
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61 9 25 34 212 19 4 9 13 66
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 16 47 63 237 12 2 10 12 36
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 13 23 36 135 4 1 4 5 10
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 8 24 32 92 3 0 1 1 2
1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 10 22 32 143 4 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 10 23 33 185 15 4 5 9 60
1985–86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 13 37 50 113 2 0 0 0 2
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 6 23 29 166 3 0 0 0 0
OMJHL totals 163 35 119 154 470 14 4 5 9 67
IHL totals 13 2 7 9 40
NHL totals 601 98 260 358 1480 67 12 29 41 190

Awards[edit]

1981 All-Star Game

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kevin McCarthy
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
1978
Succeeded by
Ken Linseman