Brett Callighen

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Brett Callighen
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 64)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft undrafted
Playing career 1976–1986

Brett Callighen (born May 15, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey forward who played 160 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) and 213 games in the World Hockey Association (WHA). He played for the New England Whalers and Edmonton Oilers. He was Wayne Gretzky's first regular left winger.

Callighen's career was cut short after his left eye was clipped by Brad McCrimmon's stick on 24 February 1980, during the team's first NHL season, missing the remainder of that season.[1] Callighen had repeated surgeries, but was declared legally blind in that eye. He played in only portions of the Oilers' 1980–81 and 1981–82 seasons, followed by a few games over the next four years with European teams HC Lugano and Vienna EV and AHL team Adirondack Red Wings.[1]

Upon retiring from hockey, Callighen began working as a hockey agent (Optima World Sports), sending players to Europe and Asia, including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Republic of Korea.

His clientele over the years have included Curtis Brown, Mark Hartigan, Todd Warriner, Jon Sim, Matt Higgins, Brad Fast and Jeff Toms among others.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 5 0 1 1 2
1974–75 Flint Generals IHL 50 6 20 26 80
1974–75 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 21 3 11 14 40
1975–76 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 72 25 33 58 104 6 2 2 4 21
1976–77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 22 4 8 12 32
1976–77 New England Whalers WHA 33 6 10 16 41
1976–77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 29 9 16 25 48 5 4 1 5 7
1977–78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 80 20 30 50 112 5 0 2 2 16
1978–79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 71 31 39 70 79 13 5 10 15 15
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 23 35 58 72 3 0 2 2 0
1980–81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 25 35 60 32 9 4 4 8 6
1981–82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 8 19 27 28 2 0 0 0 2
1982–83 HC Lugano NLA n/a
1983–84 Vienna EV AEL 23 26 13 39 38
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 11 0 2 2 6
AHL totals 33 4 10 14 38
WHA totals 213 66 95 161 280 23 9 13 22 38
NHL totals 160 56 89 145 132 14 4 6 10 8

1982–83 Nationalliga A season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brett Charles Callighen". LegendsOfHockey.net. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-12-23. 

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