Terry Harper

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Terry Harper
Chex Terry Harper.jpg
Born (1940-01-27) January 27, 1940 (age 76)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Quebec Aces
NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Colorado Rockies
Playing career 1962–1981

Terrance Victor Harper (born January 27, 1940) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Harper played in the National Hockey League from 1962 to 1981. During this time, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Colorado Rockies.

Playing career[edit]

Harper was a classic stay at home defensive oriented defenceman. He would often total over 90 penalty minutes per season due to his physical play, but his goaltenders were very appreciative of his ability to clear offensive players out of the area in front of the goal crease. Harper was frequently part of his teams' top penalty killing unit. Harper rarely scored, and the "Harper hat trick" was when he scored 3 goals in a season (vs. 3 in one game). He accomplished this 5 times in his 18 year career, erupting for a career high 8 goals in the 1975-76 season with the Detroit Red Wings.

Harper played his first 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. While with Montreal, Harper had his greatest success, winning five Stanley Cups between 1963 and 1972.

Prior to the 1972-73 season, Harper was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, where he anchored a defence that became one of the league's stingiest. Harper was immediately named team Captain, a position he held for 3 seasons until his trade to Detroit after the 1974-75 season.

After the 1974-75 season, Harper was traded to Detroit as part of the blockbuster trade that sent hall of famer Marcel Dionne to Los Angeles. After 4 solid seasons for a struggling Red Wings team, he played his final two seasons for the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies.

For his career, Harper finished with 35 goals, 221 assists, 1,362 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus total of +169 (this statistic did not become official until the 1967-68 season, Harper's 6th in the league).

Harper would become the assistant coach of the Colorado Rockies in 1980-81.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1957–58 Regina Pats SJHL 51 6 10 16 74 12 2 3 5 12
1957–58 Regina Pats M-Cup 16 3 2 5 8
1958–59 Regina Pats SJHL 48 1 19 20 79 9 1 2 3 6
1959–60 Regina Pats SJHL 59 17 21 38 56 13 3 7 10 6
1960–61 Montreal Royals EPHL 69 3 14 17 85
1961–62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 65 2 18 20 101 12 0 1 1 15
1962–63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 1 1 2 10 5 1 0 1 8
1962–63 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 52 6 31 37 83
1962–63 Quebec Aces AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1963–64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 2 15 17 149 7 0 0 0 6
1964–65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 0 7 7 93 13 0 0 0 19
1965–66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 1 11 12 91 10 2 3 5 18
1966–67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 0 16 16 99 10 0 1 1 15
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 3 8 11 66 13 0 1 1 8
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 3 3 37 11 0 0 0 8
1968–69 Cleveland Barons AHL 28 2 4 6 21
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 4 18 22 109
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 1 21 22 116 20 0 6 6 28
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 2 12 14 35 5 1 1 2 6
1972–73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 1 8 9 74
1973–74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 0 17 17 119 5 0 0 0 16
1974–75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 5 21 26 120 3 0 0 0 2
1975–76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 8 25 33 59
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 4 8 12 28
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 2 17 19 85 7 0 1 1 4
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 0 6 6 58
1978–79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 22 0 13 13 36
1979–80 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 1 5 6 6 3 0 0 0 2
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 15 0 2 2 8
NHL totals 1066 35 221 256 1362 112 4 13 17 140

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Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Los Angeles Kings captain
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Succeeded by
Mike Murphy
Preceded by
Danny Grant
Detroit Red Wings captain
1975–76
Succeeded by
Danny Grant
  • Note: Harper served as Red Wings captain during most of the 1975–76 season. Danny Grant was injured and out of the lineup.