Brit Selby

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Brit Selby
Born (1945-03-27) March 27, 1945 (age 72)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
St. Louis Blues
WHA
Quebec Nordiques
New England Whalers
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1965–1975

Robert Briton Selby (born March 27, 1945 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. He also played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Quebec Nordiques, New England Whalers and Toronto Toros.

Playing career[edit]

Selby started his hockey career with the Toronto Marlboros in the OHA where he played five seasons. Selby got his first taste of a championship win in 1963–64, when the Marlboros swept the Edmonton Oil Kings in 4 games to win their fourth Memorial Cup. In 1964–65, Selby was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs to replace injured forward Ron Ellis in the NHL. He played 3 games with the Leafs, scoring 2 goals. Selby scored his first NHL goal against the New York Rangers' Jacques Plante in his first NHL game. Ellis would return and the Leafs sent Selby back down to the juniors.

The following season, Selby had a full-time roster spot with the Leafs. Selby scored a total of 27 points in his rookie season and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, for best rookie of the season. His total of 27 points is the lowest scoring total by a Calder-winning forward since 1937–38. Struggling early on the next season, the Leafs sent Selby down to the minors to play with the Vancouver Canucks in the WHL. He played 15 games before injuring his leg, sidelining him out for the remainder of the year. In 1967, the NHL expanded by introducing 6 new teams. Selby was claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. During his first year with the Flyers, Selby set career highs in goals, assists, and points. The Flyers traded Selby back to his old team, the Maple Leafs, in 1968–69. Selby spent one season with the Leafs, before being traded again, this time to the St. Louis Blues. His stay with the Blues would be short however, as he was sent down to the minors with the Kansas City Blues.

In 1972–73, a newly formed league, the World Hockey Association was created. Selby was selected in the WHA General Player Draft by the Houston Aeros. Seeing an opportunity to jump out of the minors, Selby took it and signed on with the Aeros. Before even playing a game with the Aeros, he was immediately traded to the Quebec Nordiques. After playing only 7 games with the Nordiques, he was quickly traded to the Philadelphia Blazers, who in turn traded him to the New England Whalers. He spent 63 games with the Whalers, winning the Avco World Trophy, the WHA championship. In 1973–74, he was traded to the Toronto Toros, where he would retire.

Selby is a retired history teacher from North Toronto Collegiate Institute.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0
1961–62 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 3 1 1 2 0
1962–63 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 33 24 15 39 22 11 6 11 17 28
1963–64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 24 28 52 34 9 2 3 5 4
1963–64 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 12 8 11 19 10
1964–65 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 52 45 43 88 58 19 11 10 21 18
1964–65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 2 0 2 2
1965–66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 14 13 27 26 4 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 1 2 0
1966–67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 15 5 1 6 12
1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 15 15 30 24 7 1 1 2 4
1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 10 13 23 23
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 2 2 4 19 4 0 0 0 4
1969–70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 10 13 23 40
1970–71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 6
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 1 4 5 23 1 0 0 0 0
1971–72 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Kansas City Blues CHL 63 11 24 35 82
1972–73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 7 0 1 1 4
1972–73 New England Whalers WHA 65 13 29 42 48 13 3 4 7 13
1973–74 Toronto Toros WHA 64 9 17 26 21 10 1 3 4 2
1974–75 Toronto Toros WHA 17 1 4 5 0
WHA totals 153 23 51 74 73 23 4 7 11 15
NHL totals 350 55 62 117 163 16 1 1 2 8

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Preceded by
Roger Crozier
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1966
Succeeded by
Bobby Orr