Ross Lonsberry

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Ross Lonsberry
Born (1947-02-07)February 7, 1947
Humboldt, SK, CAN
Died May 4, 2014(2014-05-04) (aged 67)
Santa Clarita, CA, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Buffalo Bisons
NHL
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1966–1981

David Ross Lonsberry (February 7, 1947 – May 4, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had his best seasons in a Flyers uniform and was a member of Philadelphia's back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams in the mid-1970s.

Playing career[edit]

Signed with the Boston Bruins organization as a teenager, Lonsberry enjoyed an outstanding junior career with the Estevan Bruins junior club of the SJHL, winning the scoring championship his final season with 144 points in only 60 games, and following with 23 goals in 25 playoff games en route to the Memorial Cup semifinals. Starting in 1966, Lonsberry had a three-year professional apprenticeship with the Bruins' Oklahoma City Blazers Central Hockey League farm team, while spending some time with the NHL club in each of the three seasons.

Coveted by the Los Angeles Kings, they traded for him in 1970 for two first round draft picks, and he became a steady two-way performer for Los Angeles, scoring twenty or more goals each of his two full seasons with the Kings and being named to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 1972. He played 82 games combined in an 78 game season with the Kings and Flyers in 1971-72.

Shortly thereafter, however, he was traded in a seven-player deal that was at the time the largest in league history to the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom he would meet with the most success. Playing on a line with Rick MacLeish and Gary Dornhoefer, his hard-nosed two-way style fit in perfectly with the "Broad Street Bullies," scoring over twenty goals in three of his six and a half seasons in Philadelphia and participating in both of the Flyers' Stanley Cup championships. His best season was 1974, the first such championship, where he had a career high 32 goals and followed with 13 points in 17 playoff games.

In 1978, Lonsberry was dealt for the final time to the Pittsburgh Penguins, remaining an effective player for his three years with that club. With Pittsburgh in a youth movement and declining to renew his contract, he retired after the 1981 season.

Lonsberry finished his career with 256 goals and 310 assists for 566 points in 968 games, adding 806 penalty minutes. He played in 100 playoff matches, scoring 21 goals and 25 assists.

After his playing career, Lonsberry went into the commercial insurance business in the Los Angeles area.[1] He died of cancer on May 4, 2014.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1964–65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 2 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 4
1964–65 Estevan Bruins SJHL 56 40 56 96 0
1965–66 Estevan Bruins SJHL 59 67 77 144 0
1966–67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 46 12 10 22 83 11 3 2 5 31
1966–67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 1 1 2 4
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 2
1967–68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 19 2 2 4 12 7 3 3 6 22
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 19 2 2 4 12
1968–69 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 65 28 39 67 169 12 4 8 12 21
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 2
1969–70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 20 22 42 118
1970–71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 25 28 53 80
1971–72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 50 9 14 23 39
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 7 7 14 22
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 21 29 50 59 11 4 3 7 9
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 32 19 51 48 17 4 9 13 18
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 24 25 49 99 17 4 3 7 10
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 19 28 47 87 16 4 3 7 2
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 23 32 55 43 10 1 2 3 29
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 30 48 45 12 2 2 4 6
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 24 22 46 38 7 0 2 2 9
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 15 18 33 36 5 2 1 3 2
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 17 33 50 76 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 968 256 310 566 806 100 21 25 46 87

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