December 12, 1951|
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Died||November 10, 2002
Yellowknife, NT, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
Rhode Island Reds
Kansas City Scouts
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||13th overall, 1971
New York Rangers
Harry Steven "Mental Case" Durbano (December 12, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario – November 10, 2002 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories) was a professional ice hockey player noted for his villainous behavior on the ice and his larger-than-life persona off it.
Born in Toronto, Durbano rose through minor hockey to a place on the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. He never played a game for the Rangers, though, and was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he began his career. Durbano quickly gained a reputation for being one of the toughest players in the league, amassing 1,411 major league-career penalty minutes, including an NHL-leading 370 PIM in the 1975–76 season.
He played 220 NHL games over the course of his career for St. Louis as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies, along with 45 games in the World Hockey Association for the Birmingham Bulls.
In 1983, shortly after he retired, Durbano was implicated in a scheme to import half a million dollars worth of cocaine into Canada and was sentenced to seven years in prison. After his release, Durbano still couldn't keep straight - he was arrested once for shoplifting, and, in 1995, he was sent back to prison after he attempted to recruit an undercover police officer into an escort service in Welland, Ontario. He moved to the Northwest Territories late in life in an effort to find peace, but died there of liver cancer in November 2002.
- hockeydb.com, Steve Durbano's profile at the HockeyDB.com, accessed February 1, 2008
- The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.204
- Willes, Ed (2004). The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
|New York Rangers first round draft pick