Bob Paradise

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Bob Paradise
Born (1944-04-22) April 22, 1944 (age 73)
Saint Paul, MN USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Atlanta Flames
Minnesota North Stars
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1966–1979

Robert Harvey "Bob" Paradise (born April 22, 1944 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who appeared in a total of 368 National Hockey League regular season games in 1971–79. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Playing career[edit]

Originally signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens after playing for the United States national team at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1969 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments, Paradise was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1971 where he made his NHL debut. He has also played for the Atlanta Flames, Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring in 1979. He was also a member of the US national team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Paradise grew up in Minnesota where he earned all-state honors in gridiron football and hockey. He also turned down a professional baseball contract from the Boston Red Sox in 1965, choosing instead complete his education at St. Mary's College. While at the school, Paradise continued to develop his hockey skills, becoming an all-conference performer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for four consecutive years.

Paradise is the son in law of United States Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Dill. His brother Dick Paradise is also a former professional hockey player.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1966–67 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 42 5 6 11 47
1967–68 Minnesota Nationals USHL 24 2 6 8 43
1968–69 Rochester Mustangs USHL 8 0 2 2 18
1969–70 Omaha Knights CHL 61 3 14 17 98 12 0 2 2 27
1970–71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 72 0 9 9 107 3 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Cleveland Barons AHL 4 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Seattle Totems WHL 54 5 8 13 80
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 6 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 2
1972–73 Atlanta Flames NHL 71 1 7 8 103
1973–74 Atlanta Flames NHL 18 0 1 1 13
1973–74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 2 7 9 39
1974–75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 3 15 18 109 6 0 1 1 17
1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 0 0 4
1975–76 Washington Capitals NHL 48 0 8 8 42
1976–77 Springfield Indians AHL 14 0 4 4 18
1976–77 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 5 5 20
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 2 10 12 53
1978–79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 16 0 1 1 12
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 368 8 54 62 393 12 0 1 1 19

Transactions[edit]

  • June, 1970 – Signed as a free agent by Montreal.
  • May, 1971 – Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with the rights to Gary Gambucci for cash.
  • June 6, 1972 – Traded to Atlanta by Minnesota for cash.
  • January 4, 1974 – Traded to Pittsburgh by Atlanta with Chuck Arnason for Al McDonough.
  • November 26, 1975 – Traded to Washington by Pittsburgh for Washington's 2nd round choice (Greg Malone) in 1976 Amateur Draft.
  • October 1, 1977 – Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for the rights to Don Awrey.

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