Les Binkley

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Les Binkley
Born (1934-06-06) June 6, 1934 (age 80)
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
WHA
Toronto Toros
Ottawa Nationals
AHL
Cleveland Barons
EHL
Baltimore Clippers
Charlotte Clippers
IHL
Fort Wayne Komets
Toledo Mercurys
NAHL
Buffalo Norsemen
Playing career 1967–1976

Leslie John Binkley (born June 6, 1934 in Owen Sound, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Binkley played goaltender in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the World Hockey Association for the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros. He later became a scout for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets organizations.

Career[edit]

Les Binkley spent his early career in the minor leagues, reaching the NHL level in his thirties. He was the recipient of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's top rookie in 1962, and was awarded the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award four years later for allowing the least goals in the league. Binkley was the first starting goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left the NHL after five seasons to play in the WHA with the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros. Binkley played in 196 NHL regular season games and retired with a career GAA of 3.12.[1]

He won two Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992 as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] He now lives in the Hanover, Ontario area with his wife Eleanor.

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • EHL Second All-Star Team (1957)
  • Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1962)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team (1964, 1966)
  • Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1966)
  • WHL Second All-Star Team (1967)
  • Two Stanley Cup championships (in 1991 and 1992 seasons) - as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • First NHL Goaltender ever to wear contact lenses (1967)
  • First player signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins club when they were introduced into the league in 1967

Personal life[edit]

Binkley currently resides in Hanover, Ontario, with his wife Eleanor. Binkley has two children, Randall and Leslie, and also has five grandchildren: Jana, Jonathan, Curtis, Kara and Jordan. Curtis Binkley is also a goaltender, and was drafted by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League in 2002.

Career statistics[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 20 24 10 3141 151 6 2.88
1968–69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 10 31 8 2885 158 0 3.29
1969–70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 10 13 1 1477 79 3 3.21
1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 11 11 10 1870 89 2 2.86
1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 7 15 5 1673 98 0 3.51
1972–73 Ottawa Nationals WHA 30 10 17 1 1709 106 0 3.72
1973–74 Toronto Toros WHA 27 14 9 1 1412 77 1 3.27
1974–75 Toronto Toros WHA 17 6 4 0 772 47 0 3.65
1975–76 Toronto Toros WHA 7 0 6 0 335 32 0 5.73
1975–76 Buffalo Norsemen NAHL 24 11 8 0 1195 85 0 4.27
NHL Totals 196 58 94 34 11046 575 11 3.12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Les Binkley - Stats - NHL.com - Players". NHL. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Les Binkley's biography at Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 13 Oct. 2006.

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