September 24, 1947 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 1964
New York Rangers
Timothy James Ecclestone (born September 24, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1967 until 1978. Ecclestone played 692 career NHL games, scoring 126 goals and 233 assists for 359 points. He achieved two 50+ point seasons in his career.
Ecclestone began his career in Junior B with the Etobicoke Indians. After one season he was selected 9th overall by the New York Rangers at the age of 17, in the 1964 NHL Entry Draft. He played one more season of Juniors, his time in Junior A with the Kitchener Rangers. Ecclestone signed with the New York Rangers following the 1966–67 season with Kitchener. However, his rights were traded to the St. Louis Blues immediately following the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. Ecclestone played three seasons with the Blues before management became unhappy with Red Berenson's association with the NHL Players' Association and cleaned house. Since Ecclestone had some involvement with the NHLPA the Blues decided to trade him to the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings were perennial losers at the time and after four season in Detroit, Ecclestone requested to be traded. The Wings accommodated his request and he was shipped off to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following a shoulder injury in his second season in Toronto, the leafs traded Ecclestone to the Washington Capitals who in turn traded him to the Atlanta Flames, on the same day. Following a knee injury during the 1977-78 season he served as an assistant coach for the Flames. Ecclestone retired at the end of the season but remained with the Flames as an assistant coach until they relocated to Calgary in 1980.
Ecclestone remained in the Atlanta area following the departure of the Flames organization, as part owner of sports bar named Timothy-John's Restaurant and Lounge in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a restaurant he helped open during his years as a Flames assistant coach. In 1990, he opened his own sports bar, called T.J.'s Sports Bar and Grill, in Alpharetta, Georgia.
- Traded to St. Louis by New York Rangers with Gary Sabourin, Bob Plager and Gord Kannegiesser for Rod Seiling on June 6, 1967.
- Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with Red Berenson for Garry Unger and Wayne Connelly on February 6, 1971.
- Traded to Toronto by Detroit for Pierre Jarry on November 29, 1973.
- Traded to Washington by Toronto with Willie Brossart for Rod Seiling on November 2, 1974.
- Traded to Atlanta by Washington for cash on November 2, 1974.
In June 2011, Atlanta sports radio station 790 AM The Zone conducted a farewell to the Atlanta Thrashers, during which Ecclestone cited an interview he had done with local TV station WAGA. In the interview he noted that the Winnipeg area - where the Thrashers eventually moved - was the size of Georgia's Cobb County, yet its population was still large enough to keep the team (which became the Winnipeg Jets post-relocation) in town. He blamed poor management on the team's departure from Atlanta, and said that he considered himself a Thrashers fan.