Barry Tabobondung

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Barry Tabobondung
Born (1961-04-03)April 3, 1961
Parry Sound, ON, CAN
Died July 11, 2000(2000-07-11) (aged 39)
Parry Sound, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence / Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Maine Mariners
Peoria Prancers
Erie Golden Blades
Erie Panthers
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1981
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 19811991

Barry Tabobondung (April 3, 1961 – July 11, 2000) was an Ojibwa Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and left winger. He was drafted in the third round, 47th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. In his professional career he played in the American Hockey League (AHL), the International Hockey League (IHL), the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), and its successor, the ECHL.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Tabobondung was born in Parry Sound, Ontario, and grew up on the Wasauksing First Nation Indian reserve near Parry Sound. His grandmother was a tribal chief and member of the Order of Canada. His father also played amateur hockey. As a child he earned the nickname "Hawk" from his grandfather. Tabobondung played for the Newmarket Flyers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League before playing for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.[1] Tabobondung was eligible for the 1980 Draft but was not selected, and played another junior season, changing his position to left wing.[2] During his second season with Oshawa he recorded 77 points and 320 penalty minutes in 61 games.[1]

Tabobondung attended the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, in only the second year that junior players other than first round prospects attended the draft. He was selected with the 47th pick in the third round by the Philadelphia Flyers. Tabobondung, who was sitting in the high sections of the Montreal Forum, was so excited to meet the Flyers representatives at the draft that he began climbing over the seats rather than using the steps. At one point his leg became caught in a seat, where he was stuck for two hours until arena maintenance was able to remove the entire row of seats to free him.[3] NHL executive vice-president Brian O'Neill joked that the Flyers could be sure Tabobondung would be available for all of their games in Montreal.

Professional career[edit]

Tabobondung began his professional career following the draft in 1981 with the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Maine Mariners, playing in 132 games in two seasons. He also appeared with the Peoria Prancers in 1981–82 in 16 games. Beginning in 1983, Tabobondung played three seasons with the Erie Golden Blades of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. In his first season, he was named to the Second All-Star Team, and the Golden Blades won the league championship. During the 1984–85 season, Tabobondung was selected to the First All-Star Team, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player after recording 12 goals and 67 assists, as well as 2 goals and 8 assists in the playoffs. Tabobondung's career with the Golden Blades came to a sudden end on February 26, 1987 when he was fined and suspended for showing up late for practice and then refusing to play. The following day the Golden Blades announced that he was released from the team.[4]

Tabobondung returned to Erie in 1990 to finish his career with the Erie Panthers of the ECHL. He retired after the 1990–91 ECHL season, returning to his native reserve near Parry Sound.[1]

Life after retirement[edit]

Upon returning to his hometown, Tabobondung contributed as a coach for the junior Parry Sound Shamrocks and Couchiching Terriers. He was killed in a vehicular accident on July 11, 2000. Tabobondung's son Tommy fell from a road grader that they were riding in, and Tabobondung was caught under the machinery in the process of saving his son's life.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Newmarket Flyers OPJHL 10 2 6 8 19
1979–80 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 51 7 11 18 190
1980–81 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 18 58 77 320
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 72 11 15 26 166 1 0 0 0 7
1982–83 Maine Mariners AHL 60 2 17 19 42
1982–83 Peoria Prancers IHL 16 2 7 9 13
1983–84 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 70 6 37 43 57 9 0 3 3 33
1984–85 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 64 12 67 79 82 12 2 8 10 16
1986–87 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 15 5 13 18 26
1990–91 Erie Panthers ECHL 16 2 6 8 0
OHL totals 112 25 69 95 510
ACHL/ECHL totals 165 25 123 149 165 21 2 11 13 49
AHL totals 132 13 32 45 208 1 0 0 0 7


  1. ^ a b c d "Barry "Hawk" Tabobondung". Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Barry Tabobondung". Hockey Draft Central. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Chuck (2000). "The Lighter Side of the Draft". Hockey Digest. Retrieved December 5, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Pat Malin (February 27, 1987). "Comets set for 2 at home" (PDF). The Utica Daily Observer. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 27, 2013. 

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