Don Awrey

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Don Awrey
Born (1943-07-18) July 18, 1943 (age 70)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
National team  Canada
Playing career 1960–1979

Donald William "Elbows" Awrey (born July 18, 1943) is a former Canadian professional hockey defenceman. He played 979 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Colorado Rockies.

A defensive defenceman, known for his superb shot-blocking and bone-jarring bodychecks, Awrey played for the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA before being signed by the Bruins. Despite being an exceptionally fast skater, he rarely scored goals. He made his NHL debut in 1963–64 for the Bruins, his first of 16 seasons in the league.

Awrey was part of two Stanley Cup winning teams with the Bruins, in 1970 and 1972. He was also part of the Montreal Canadiens team that won the Stanley Cup in 1976, but did not play in any playoff games that season, and so does not have his name engraved on the Cup for that year even though he qualified. In 1972, Awrey was named to Canada's team for the Summit Series, playing in just two of the eight games.

Awrey's last season in the NHL was 1978–79, when he played for the Colorado Rockies. He now lives in the Naples, Florida area.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 3 0 0 0 0
1961–62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 41 6 12 18 0
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA Statistics Unavailable
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 16 1 0 1 4
1963–64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 54 4 15 19 136 5 0 0 0 9
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 47 2 3 5 41
1964–65 Hershey Bears AHL 13 4 2 6 2 15 0 1 1 29
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 3 7 74
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 4 1 0 1 6
1966–67 Hershey Bears AHL 63 1 13 14 153 5 0 0 0 19
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 74 3 12 15 150 4 0 1 1 4
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 73 0 13 13 149 10 0 1 1 28
1969–70 Boston Bruins NHL 63 3 10 13 120 14 0 5 5 32
1970–71 Boston Bruins NHL 74 4 21 25 141 7 0 0 0 17
1971–72 Boston Braves AHL 5 0 1 1 8
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 34 1 8 9 52 15 0 4 4 45
1972–73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 2 17 19 90 4 0 0 0 6
1973–74 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 5 16 21 51
1974–75 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 0 8 8 4
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 1 11 12 58 11 0 6 6 12
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 0 12 12 29
1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 1 12 13 40 3 0 1 1 0
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 78 2 8 10 38 3 0 0 0 6
1978–79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 6 2 1 3 6
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 56 1 4 5 18
NHL Totals 969 31 158 189 1065 71 0 18 18 150

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