Ian Turnbull (ice hockey)

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Ian Turnbull
Born (1953-12-22) December 22, 1953 (age 60)
Pointe-Claire, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL
New Haven Nighthawks
Baltimore Skipjacks
NHL Draft 15th overall, 1973
Toronto Maple Leafs
WHA Draft 70th overall, 1973
Vancouver Blazers
Playing career 1973–1983

Ian "Bull" Turnbull (born December 22, 1953) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League from 1973–74 until 1982–83. He and Börje Salming combined to make one of the best 1–2 defensive punches in Toronto Maple Leafs history during the 1970s.

Turnbull played 628 career NHL games, scoring 123 goals and 317 assists for 440 points. In his best offensive season, (1976–77 while with the Maple Leafs), he set career highs with 22 goals, 57 assists, 79 points, and a +47 plus/minus rating. The 79 points represent a Maple Leaf team record for most points in a season by a defenceman. This team record still stands over 30 years later. He also still holds the NHL record for most goals in a game by a defenceman, with 5 in a game on February 2, 1977 in a 9–1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.[1] Turnbull only had five shots in the game, making him the first - and only - player in NHL history to score five goals on five shots.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA 53 4 21 25 88
1970–71 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA 59 17 45 62 85
1971–72 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA 63 34 48 82 85
1972–73 Ottawa 67's OHA 51 25 39 64 90
1973–74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 8 27 35 74 4 0 0 0 8
1974–75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 8 2 1 3 15
1974–75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 6 7 13 44 7 0 2 2 4
1975–76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 20 36 56 90 10 2 9 11 29
1976–77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 22 57 79 84 9 4 4 8 10
1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 14 47 61 77 13 6 10 16 10
1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 12 51 63 80 6 0 4 4 27
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 11 28 39 90 3 0 3 3 2
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 19 47 66 104 3 1 0 1 4
1981–82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 1 7 8 4 3 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 0 2 2 8
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 11 15 26 81
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 13 3 8 11 10
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 628 123 317 440 736 55 13 32 45 94

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Preceded by
Bob Neely
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1973
Succeeded by
Jack Valiquette