Joe Zanussi

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Joe Zanussi
Born (1947-09-25) September 25, 1947 (age 69)
Rossland, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1968–1978

Joseph Lawrence Zanussi (born September 25, 1947 in Rossland, British Columbia) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played 149 games in the World Hockey Association and 87 games in the National Hockey League. Zanussi's skating ability and agility earned him the nicknames 'Crazy Legs' and 'Tazmanian Devil' and although small for a pro hockey defenseman, Zanussi was a good bodychecker and possessed a big shot. His only hockey card noted that he had a big smile. He signed originally with the Detroit Red Wings and played with the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, and Boston Bruins. He was part of the 1975 trade that brought Phil Esposito to the Rangers and sent Brad Park and Jean Ratelle to the Bruins. Zanussi led the AHL in scoring at the time, with 19 points through 11 games.

Career highlights[edit]

1967-68: 1st league captain of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League; member of the 1968 Estevan Bruins, 1968 Memorial Cup Champions.

1970-71: CHL MVP (tie); CHL 2nd team all star; team sportsmanship award; CHL best defenseman.

1972-73: Assisted on first ever Winnipeg Jets regular season WHA goal.

1973-74: Winnipeg Jets most exciting player as voted by the fans.

1974-75: Eddie Shore Award (AHL Best Defenseman); MVP Runner Up; 1st team all star; Providence Reds team MVP and Defensive awards.

1977-78: CHL 1st team all star; Salt Lake Golden Eagles best defenseman.

Trades[edit]

May 24, 1972: Traded to the New York Rangers by the Detroit Red Wings along with the Red Wings first round choice in the 1972 draft (#10 overall, Rangers selected Al Blanchard) in exchange for Gary Doak and Rick Newell.

Nov. 7, 1975: Traded to the Boston Bruins by the New York Rangers along with Jean Ratelle and Brad Park in exchange for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

Dec. 20, 1976: Traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Boston Bruins in exchange for Rick Smith.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1966–67 Edmonton Oil Kings CMJHL 42 11 17 28 33 9 2 2 4 6
1967–68 Swift Current Broncos WCHL 57 17 48 65 46
1968–69 Johnstown Jets EHL 72 20 36 56 107 3 2 1 3 12
1969–70 Fort Worth Wings CHL 56 4 9 13 65 7 1 0 1 16
1970–71 Fort Worth Wings CHL 72 13 19 32 172 3 0 1 1 4
1971–72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 48 4 24 28 69 7 0 1 1 18
1972–73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 73 4 21 25 53 14 2 5 7 6
1973–74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 76 3 22 25 53 4 0 0 0 0
1974–75 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 2 2 4
1974–75 Providence Reds AHL 64 22 36 58 76 3 1 0 1 4
1975–76 Providence Reds AHL 11 8 11 19 29
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 60 1 7 8 30 4 0 1 1 2
1975–76 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 1 1 2
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 8
1976–77 Rochester Americans AHL 17 1 9 10 18
1976–77 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 0 3 3 4
1976–77 Kansas City Blues CHL 30 4 14 18 26 10 2 2 4 14
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 71 10 24 34 74 6 1 4 5 2
NHL totals 87 1 13 14 46 4 0 1 1 2
AHL totals 94 31 57 88 125 3 1 0 1 4

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Preceded by
Dan Johnson
CHL Most Valuable Player Award
1970–71
shared with
Andre Dupont
Peter McDuffe
Gerry Ouellette
Succeeded by
Gregg Sheppard