Ed Westfall

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Ed Westfall
1963 Topps Ed Westfall.jpg
Born (1940-09-19) September 19, 1940 (age 74)
Belleville, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Playing career 1961–1979

Edwin Vernon "Shadow" Westfall (born September 19, 1940) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders from 1961 until 1978–79. Notable as a defensive specialist often tasked with defending against the star scorers of enemy teams, Westfall played most of his career as a right wing, although he played stints on defence in his earlier years and at centre in his later years. He is known for being on the ice and covering the right defence position for Bobby Orr when Orr scored his legendary flying goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals.

Playing career[edit]

Ed Westfall 1970s alumni bruins.jpg

He played his junior hockey with the Barrie Flyers & Niagara Falls Flyers,[1] and started his professional career with the Kingston Frontenacs (EPHL) team. By 1961 he joined the Bruins, although he had stints the next two years with the Frontenacs and the AHL's Providence Reds. By 1966, he was firmly ensconced on Boston's checking line.

Westfall won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. He was on the ice on Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970[citation needed] and also scored the second of the three fastest goals in NHL history, when the Bruins scored three goals in 20 seconds in a 1971 game with the Vancouver Canucks.[2] During those seasons he made his reputation as a preeminent penalty killer (generally paired with centre Derek Sanderson or winger Don Marcotte), enough so that he was named to play in the All-Star Game in 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1975.[3]

Westfall was chosen by the brand new New York Islanders in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft.[4] He was subsequently made the first captain of the team,[5] a position he held until 1977. Westfall scored the first goal in franchise history[6] in their first game against the Atlanta Flames on October 7, 1972. His best season statistically was the 1975, when Westfall led the Islanders into their first playoffs and all the way into the Stanley Cup semifinals, exploding in the playoffs with five goals and ten assists to cap a 22-goal, 55-point regular season.

He remained an effective scorer through the 1977 season, in which he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication, after which he relinquished the team captaincy to Clark Gillies. His scoring declined sharply in his final two seasons, during which he spent his time on checking lines and penalty killing.

Retirement[edit]

Westfall retired having played 1226 career NHL games, scoring 231 goals and 394 assists for 625 points.[3]

After the end of his playing days, Westfall became the Islanders color analyst for what was then known as SportsChannel.[7] He was often dubbed "18" by his confidant and broadcasting partner "Jiggs" McDonald because during his playing career he wore that number. He was also known by that nickname by his former Islander teammates. Westfall continued in that position until he retired in 1998. His spot in the broadcast booth was taken by former NHL player Joe Micheletti.[8] He made occasional appearances on Islander broadcasts for several seasons after that.

He is currently working for The Corporate Relocator moving firm as a Relationship Coordinator.[9]

On November 19, 2011, Westfall was inducted into the New York Islanders Hall of Fame. The Islanders held "Ed Westfall Night" in his honor. He and his former partner in the booth "Jiggs" McDonald called the second period in the game that night between two of his former teams, the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1957–58 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 51 3 10 13 60 4 0 0 0 4
1958–59 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 54 4 10 14 63 6 0 4 4 2
1959–60 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 7 28 35 63 6 0 4 4 28
1959–60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 1 0 0 0 2
1960–61 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 9 45 54 72 7 2 7 9 6
1960–61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 2 0 0 0 0
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 63 2 9 11 53
1962–63 Boston Bruins NHL 48 1 11 12 34
1962–63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 21 5 16 21 14
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 55 1 5 6 35
1963–64 Providence Reds AHL 13 1 3 4 8 3 0 0 0 4
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 68 12 15 27 65
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 59 9 21 30 42
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 24 36 26
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 73 14 22 36 38 4 2 0 2 2
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 70 18 24 42 22 10 3 7 10 11
1969–70 Boston Bruins NHL 72 14 22 36 28 14 3 5 8 4
1970–71 Boston Bruins NHL 78 25 34 59 48 7 1 2 3 2
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 77 18 26 44 19 15 4 3 7 10
1972–73 New York Islanders NHL 67 15 31 46 25
1973–74 New York Islanders NHL 68 19 23 42 28
1974–75 New York Islanders NHL 73 22 33 55 28 17 5 10 15 12
1975–76 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 31 56 27 8 2 3 5 0
1976–77 New York Islanders NHL 79 14 33 47 8 12 1 5 6 0
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 71 5 19 24 14 2 0 0 0 0
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 55 5 11 16 4 6 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 1226 231 394 625 544 95 22 37 59 41

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray Spiteri. "Former Niagara Falls Flyer Ed Westfall returns to Honeymoon Capital this weekend". Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Fastest three goals, one team". Rauzulu's Street.com. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Ed Vernon Westfall". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ "NYI Expansion Draft June 6, 1972". Isles Info.com. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Islanders of Yesteryear: Ed Westfall, '18'". Lighthouse Hockey.com. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Key Islander Dates". Islanders.NHL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ George Vecsey (1986-03-30). "It Hasn't Been A Good Week For Athletes In The Booth". The Times News. Retrieved 2010-04-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "DUCKS NAME HARTSBURG COACH". NY Daily News.com. 1998-07-22. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  9. ^ "The Corporate Relocator" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-22. 

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Preceded by
Position created
New York Islanders captain
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Succeeded by
Clark Gillies