Stan Jonathan

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Stan Jonathan
Born (1955-09-05) September 5, 1955 (age 61)
Ohsweken, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 86th overall, 1975
Boston Bruins
WHA Draft 103rd overall, 1975
Indianapolis Racers
Playing career 1975–1983

Stanley Carl "Bulldog" Jonathan (born September 5, 1955) is a retired Canadian ice hockey left winger. Jonathan was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, but grew up in Hagersville, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

Stan Jonathan was drafted in the fifth round (86th overall) of the 1975 NHL entry draft by the Boston Bruins. Ignored by most other scouts and by Bruins general manager Harry Sinden, Jonathan was picked up thanks to the shrewdness of Don Cherry, who had seen him play with the Peterborough Petes earlier that season.[1] Cherry stated later that the proudest discovery of his hockey career was Stan Jonathan.[1]

Prior to being drafter to the NHL, Stan Jonathan played three years in the OHA with the Peterborough Petes. While Jonathan played with Peterborough, they represented Canada well as they placed third at the first unofficial world junior championship in 1973-1974.[2]

Jonathan started his NHL career with one game in the 1975–76 NHL season, before being called up permanently for the 1976–77 season. He typified Bruins hockey, displaying both outstanding offensive ability and toughness.[citation needed] Jonathan was adept at knocking in rebounds, and Cherry, his coach at the time, stated that he had the most accurate shot in the league.[3] As a rookie, he led all NHL players in shooting percentage, putting goals in at a clip of 23.9%.[1] That year, 1977–78, was his most productive season as he scored 27 goals with 25 assists. He also had 116 penalty minutes that year.[2] his second season, he was again among the top-ten players in shooting percentage, at 22.3%.[1] That year he won the Bruins' "7th Player Award" voted on by the fans for the player who exceeded expectations.

Arguably Jonathan's most famous moment[4] was his savaging of Pierre Bouchard in a brawl during Game 4 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals. Challenged by Bouchard, who outweighed Jonathan by thirty pounds and stood four inches taller, Jonathan held his own, breaking Bouchard's nose and cheekbone and knocking him to the ice.[1] In the same playoff stretch, Jonathan contributed to a 5-2 win as he scored a hat-trick in game 6 of the semi-finals against the Montreal Canadians, which forced a game 7.[5]

His 1978–79 season was shortened by an injury, but Jonathan returned the following year and scored 21 goals and 19 assists. He also added 208 penalty minutes.[2]

The Bruins traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 8, 1982, and he retired after the 1983 season. He finished his NHL career with 91 goals and 110 assists in 411 games.[2]

He is a full-blooded Tuscarora,[6] born in Ohsweken Ontario, a six nations reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Stan Jonathan was charged with criminal negligence in a hunting accident on the Six Nations reserve that killed Peter Kosid of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, November 11, 2012.[7] The criminal charges against Jonathan in the hunting death of Peter Kosid have been withdrawn.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Peterborough Petes OHA 63 14 35 49 107
1973–74 Peterborough Petes OHA 70 19 33 52 127
1974–75 Peterborough Petes OHA 70 36 39 75 138
1975–76 Rochester Americans AHL 6 1 1 2 0
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1975–76 Dayton Gems IHL 69 26 47 73 192 15 13 8 21 54
1976–77 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 0 0 7
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 69 17 13 30 69 14 4 2 6 24
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 68 27 25 52 116 15 0 1 1 36
1978–79 Boston Bruins NHL 33 6 9 15 96 11 4 1 5 12
1979–80 Boston Bruins NHL 79 21 19 40 208 9 0 0 0 29
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 74 14 24 38 192 3 0 0 0 30
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 67 6 17 23 57 11 0 0 0 6
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 0 3 3 13
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 48 13 23 36 86
1985–86 Flamboro Mott's Clamato's OHASr 3 3 1 4 2
1986–87 Brantford Mott's Clamato's OHASr Statistics unavailable
NHL totals 411 91 110 201 751 63 8 4 12 137

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Stan Jonathan". GreatestHockeyLegends.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Jonathan". www.legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ davey boy phelan (December 9, 2012). "They Call me Chief Ch 03 of 09". Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ Boston Herald (2014-02-19), Boston Herald Talk of the Town : Former Boston Bruin Stan Jonathan, retrieved 2017-03-25 
  5. ^ Network, Canadian Heritage Information. "Stan Jonathan". www.virtualmuseum.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  6. ^ King, C. Richard (2015-03-10). Native Americans in Sports. Routledge. ISBN 9781317464037. 
  7. ^ "Former NHL player Stan Jonathan charged in fatal hunting accident on Six Nations reserve - Toronto Star". TheStar.com. November 14, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ex-NHL player's charges dropped in 'tragic' hunting death". April 3, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via The Hamilton Spectator. 

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