September 29, 1947 |
Emsdetten, West Germany
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers
Walter Bogdan Tkaczuk (born September 29, 1947) is a Canadian retired ice hockey centre who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers between 1967 and 1981. Tkaczuk's family moved to Timmins, Ontario from West Germany when he was two years old. He was the first German-born player to appear in an NHL game.
Tkaczuk centered the "Bulldog Line" with Bill Fairbairn and Dave Balon, who was later replaced by Steve Vickers. He could score his fair share of goals, however he was much better at producing assists. Tkaczuk's finest contribution to the game was that of the defensive forward, being among the NHL's elite shadows and faceoff men. This complemented the Ranger's high-scoring GAG line of Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Vic Hadfield.
In the 1972 playoffs, despite Ratelle sidelined with a broken ankle and Gilbert hampered with injuries, Tkaczuk played a key role as the Rangers defeated the defending champions Montreal Canadiens, and the previous season's finalists Chicago Black Hawks, to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. While the Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins in six games, Tkaczuk earned much respect for holding the Bruins' Phil Esposito without a goal in the series. He was then invited to Team Canada's training camp for the 1972 Summit Series but turned down the invitation (he was replaced by Philadelphia Flyers' center Bobby Clarke) 
A serious eye injury ended Tkaczuk's career half way through the 1980-81 season. Tkaczuk played 945 career NHL games, scoring 227 goals and 451 assists for 678 points. Despite his physical presence, he only accumulated 556 minutes in penalties. In 2009, Tkaczuk was ranked No. 14 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).
Tkaczuk is co-owner of River Valley Golf Course and Tube Slide in St. Marys, Ontario.
|1967–68||New York Rangers||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1968–69||New York Rangers||NHL||71||12||24||36||28||4||0||1||1||6|
|1969–70||New York Rangers||NHL||76||27||50||77||38||6||2||1||3||17|
|1970–71||New York Rangers||NHL||77||26||49||75||48||13||1||5||6||14|
|1971–72||New York Rangers||NHL||76||24||42||66||65||16||4||6||10||35|
|1972–73||New York Rangers||NHL||76||27||39||66||59||10||7||2||9||8|
|1973–74||New York Rangers||NHL||71||21||42||63||58||13||0||5||5||22|
|1974–75||New York Rangers||NHL||62||11||25||36||34||3||1||2||3||5|
|1975–76||New York Rangers||NHL||78||8||28||36||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||New York Rangers||NHL||80||12||38||50||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||New York Rangers||NHL||80||26||40||66||30||3||0||2||2||0|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||77||15||27||42||38||18||4||7||11||10|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||76||12||25||37||36||7||0||1||1||2|
|1980–81||New York Rangers||NHL||43||6||22||28||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|15 seasons||NHL totals||945||227||451||678||556||93||19||32||51||119|
- [page 49] Illustrated Digest of Pro Hockey 1972-73 edition, Don Smith and Art Poretz, Stadia Sports Publishing Inc.
- 1981 Canada Cup / Coupe Canada, p.126)
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