Don Edwards (ice hockey)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Don Edwards
Don Edwards 1977.JPG
Edwards in 1977
Born (1955-09-28) September 28, 1955 (age 58)
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1975
Buffalo Sabres
WHA Draft 135th overall, 1975
San Diego Mariners
Playing career 1975–1988

Donald Laurie "Dart" Edwards (born September 28, 1955 in Hamilton, Ontario)[1] is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing career[edit]

Edwards started his hockey career in the juniors with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHA-Jr.. He was very successful, playing in 90 games over 2 seasons, but was not considered a high draft pick, because of his small size. Despite that, he was still picked 89th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

In his first NHL season, Edwards played in 25 games after spending last season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. He finished the season with and impressive 16 wins, 7 losses and a 2.51 GAA. On February 13, 1977, Edwards played a role in perhaps the most unusual event in Sabres history. A day after Edwards reported to Buffalo from Hershey, Sabres general manager Punch Imlach ordered coach Floyd Smith to have Edwards replace expected starting goaltender Al Smith:

"I got to the locker room at about 5 p.m. for the game. We all went out on the ice and Al Smith took all of the warm-ups. Then I was sitting next to him in the locker room right before game time and said 'Good luck tonight.' He looked at me and said 'You don't know you're playing?'"

"That sort of ended the conversation right there. I was dumbfounded. So they play the anthem and when it ends Al hops off the bench, skates about five strides and says 'See you, Seymour' to Sabres owner Seymour Knox in the crowd. Then he skates off the ice. So it's my first game in the NHL and I was the only goalie in uniform."[2]

In 1978, Edwards was named the top goalie for the Sabres. He played in 72 games and was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team. Next season, the Sabres cut Edwards games down because they were afraid of overusing him. Edwards shared his duties with goaltender Bob Sauve and Edwards finished with 26-18-9 record. In 1980, he and Sauve were awarded the Vezina Trophy for their performance. Edwards was also selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team and played in the All-Star Game. On February 24, 1982, Edwards was a part of history as he gave up Wayne Gretzky's 77th goal in a game vs. the Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. With that goal, Wayne Gretzky broke Phil Esposito's record of 76 goals.

Edwards played two more seasons with the Sabres before being traded to the Calgary Flames with teammate Richie Dunn in 1983. In three years in Calgary, Edwards did not reach the same level of play as he had during his time in Buffalo. Calgary traded Edwards in 1986 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, his favorite team as a child. Edwards played in 38 games with the Leafs before the remaining 2 years of his contract were bought out, marking the end of his NHL career. He went on to win an Allan Cup with the Brantford Mott's Clammatos before playing his last game with the Nova Scotia Oilers in the AHL in 1988 where he would officially retire.

International play[edit]

Although Edwards enjoyed several successful seasons in Buffalo, he named the Sabres' 6-1 victory over the Soviet Red Army on January 3, 1980 as his greatest moment in a Buffalo uniform. Edwards was named the game's most valuable player.

"I have this belief that hockey is a North American game, and I still believe that today. The Soviets were great intimidators, and I remember Team Canada '72. Then I had the chance to personally go through that intimidation stuff on the ice. Because of it, I had a distinct dislike of the Soviets and wanted to do everything I could to beat them."[3]

In 1981, Edwards was selected to play for Team Canada in the Canada Cup. Edwards played in only one game because he was the back-up goaltender to Mike Liut. He helped Canada finish second in the tournament.

Retirement[edit]

An outstanding golfer, Edwards spent parts of his off-seasons participating in tournaments. He also held coaching positions in the National Hockey League, serving as the Los Angeles Kings' assistant coach and the Carolina Hurricanes' goaltending coach. He was the general manager of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League from 2007 to 2008.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1973-74 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 35 2089 95 3 2.73
1974-75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 55 3294 258 1 4.70
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 39 23 12 2 2253 128 3 3.41
1976-77 Hershey Bears AHL 47 26 15 6 2797 136 5 2.91
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 16 7 2 1480 62 2 2.51
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 38 16 17 4209 185 5 2.64
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 26 18 9 3160 159 2 3.02
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 27 9 12 2920 125 2 2.57
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 23 10 12 2700 133 3 2.96
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 26 23 9 3500 205 0 3.51
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 39 16 15 6 2209 148 1 4.02
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 41 13 19 5 2303 157 0 4.09
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 34 11 15 2 1691 115 1 4.08
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 12 23 0 2009 160 0 4.78
1986-87 Brantford Mott's Clammatos OHA-Sr. 17 14 1 0 966 52 0 3.42
1987-88 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 3 180 18 0 6.00
NHL totals 459 208 155 74 26,181 1449 16 3.32

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 5 1 3 293 18 0 3.68
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 2 3 300 15 0 3.00
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 3 5 482 22 0 2.74
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 3 3 360 17 1 2.83
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 4 4 503 28 0 3.34
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 1 3 214 16 0 4.49
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 5 1 2 226 22 0 5.84
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 6 2 1 217 12 0 3.32
NHL totals 42 16 21 2302 132 1 3.44

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1981 Canada Can-Cup 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00
Senior int'l totals 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Budd (1989). Celebrate the Tradition. Boncraft. ISBN unknown. 
  3. ^ Brewitt, Ross (1996). Sabres: Twenty-six Seasons in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium. Taylor. ISBN 0-87833-136-0. 
  4. ^ NHL.com - News

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ken Dryden
and Michel Larocque
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Bob Sauve

1980
Succeeded by
Denis Herron, Michel Larocque,
and Richard Sevigny