April 5, 1945 |
St. Catharines, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Favell, along with future Flyers' teammate Bernie Parent, played his junior hockey for the Niagara Falls Flyers in the OHA. After the club won the Memorial Cup in 1965, both goalies began their professional careers in the Boston Bruins organization, who held their rights. Over the next two seasons, Favell played in the Bruins' farm system.
Favell, like Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Tony Esposito, was one of the few goaltenders to employ the now popular butterfly style often going down to the ice to block shots in an era where the stand-up style of play dominated.
With the arrival of the six new expansion clubs for the 1967–68 NHL season, Favell and Parent were drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. The goalies split the work that first season and led the Flyers to a first-place finish in the NHL's Western Division. Favell had a stellar 2.27 GAA with four shutouts. Both goalies toiled for the Flyers until Parent was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February 1971.
Without Parent, Favell became the Flyers' workhorse goalie. He recorded seasons of 44, 54 and 44 games with GAAs of 2.66, 2.81 and 2.83 on an improving Flyers team. In 1973, the Flyers reached the league semifinals and Favell was one of the top players, appearing in 11 playoff games and recording a 2.60 GAA and one shutout.
Before the next season, Favell was traded to the Maple Leafs for none other than Bernie Parent. The Leafs had three veteran goalies but Favell played the most games in the regular season and playoffs. He recorded a strong win-loss record with a solid 2.71 GAA in 32 games. The following season saw the Leafs rely on two goalies, but Favell struggled in 39 games with the poorest goals against (4.05) of his career. His third season with the team was his last with only three games played and extended time on the injury list.
Favell's NHL rights were sold to the Colorado Rockies for the 1976–77 NHL season. After appearing in 30 games that season, Favell became the Rockies #1 goalie the following year, appearing in 58 games and leading the team into the playoffs. His final NHL season saw him appear in only seven games, and he finished the season with the Philadelphia Firebirds of the American Hockey League.
Achievements and facts
- Favell also played lacrosse professionally for the Philadelphia Wings.
- Holds the distinction of being the only player selected in both the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft and the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft.
- While Bruin goaltender Gerry Cheevers (Favell's goaltending partner for the Oklahoma City Blazers) was the first goaltender to have artwork on his mask, Favell was the first to use a painted design, just before Halloween 1970.
- Favell was known for an abruptly curved blocker pad on his stick hand.
- Favell was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005.
|1962–63||St. Catharines Black Hawks||OHA||1||60||2||0||2.00|
|1963–64||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA||28||1748||98||3||3.36|
|1964–65||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA||22||1320||79||0||3.59|
|1965–66||Oklahoma City Blazers||CPHL||18||4||8||5||1060||59||0||3.34|
|1965–66||San Francisco Seals||WHL||2||1||1||0||120||6||0||3.00|
|1966–67||Oklahoma City Blazers||CPHL||33||14||13||4||1860||88||1||2.83|
|1973–74||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||32||14||7||9||1752||79||0||2.71|
|1974–75||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||39||12||17||6||2149||145||1||4.05|
|1975–76||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||0||2||1||160||15||0||5.63|
|1975–76||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||4||3||1||0||240||12||0||3.00|
|1964–65||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA||3||2||1||180||9||0||3.00|
|1964–65||Niagara Falls Flyers||M-Cup||2||1||0||80||3||0||2.25|
|1965–66||San Francisco Seals||WHL||2||0||2||113||10||0||5.31|
|1973–74||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||0||3||181||10||0||3.31|