Wayne Connelly

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Wayne Connelly
1962 Topps Wayne Connelly.JPG
Born (1939-12-16) December 16, 1939 (age 78)
Rouyn, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Edmonton Oilers (WHA)
Calgary Cowboys (WHA)
Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA)
Cleveland Crusaders (WHA)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Minnesota North Stars (NHL)
Boston Bruins (NHL)
Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Playing career 1960–1977

Wayne Francis Connelly (born December 16, 1939) is a Canadian former ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks and finished his career in the World Hockey Association (WHA). Connelly was born in Rouyn, Quebec, but grew up in Teck, Ontario.

Connelly played a total of 543 games in the NHL with 133 goals and 174 assists for a total of 307 points. In addition, he played 366 games in the WHA for the Minnesota Fighting Saints, Cleveland Crusaders, Calgary Cowboys, and Edmonton Oilers with 167 goals and 162 assists for 329 points.

Connelly won the Red Tilson Award in 1959–60 as the Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding player while with the Peterborough Petes. Connelly scored 235 points in 4 seasons with the Pete's (1956–1960).

On October 19, 1966, Bobby Orr recorded his first NHL point when he assisted on a powerplay goal by Connelly in Boston's 6–2 loss to The Detroit Red Wings.

In the NHL's first year of expansion, 1967–68, Connelly led the Minnesota North Stars with 35 goals and 21 assists and received the Hockey News West Player of the Year award.

On April 9, 1968, Connelly became the first player to score a goal on a penalty shot in the NHL playoffs when he beat Los Angeles's Terry Sawchuk in a 7–5 victory for his Minnesota North Stars.

Connelly and his wife Reg have two children, Ann and Stephen. He lives on Lake Kenogami located near Kirkland Lake in Northern Ontario.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1955–56 Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 9 0 1 1 2 8 0 0 0 0
1956–57 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 52 19 7 26 83
1957–58 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 52 18 19 37 32 5 0 1 1 6
1958–59 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 36 54 90 46 19 6 13 19 38
1958–59 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 12 10 5 15 9
1959–60 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 47 48 34 82 47 12 10 9 19 4
1959–60 Montréal Royals EPHL 8 6 4 10 4
1960–61 Montréal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1960–61 Montréal Royals EPHL 64 28 21 49 36
1961–62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 7 2 3 5 4
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 61 8 12 20 34
1962–63 Boston Bruins NHL 18 2 6 8 2
1962–63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 34 10 24 34 19 5 1 4 5 2
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 26 2 3 5 12
1963–64 San Francisco Seals WHL 33 12 18 30 10 11 2 3 5 8
1964–65 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 36 36 72 51
1965–66 San Francisco Seals WHL 72 45 41 86 14 7 4 4 8 2
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 64 13 17 30 12
1967–68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 35 21 56 40 14 8 3 11 2
1968–69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 55 14 16 30 11
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 4 9 13 0
1969–70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 23 36 59 10 4 1 3 4 2
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 8 13 21 12
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 5 16 21 9 6 2 1 3 0
1971–72 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 5 5 10 2
1971–72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 14 20 34 12
1972–73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 40 30 70 16 5 1 3 4 0
1973–74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 42 53 95 16 11 6 7 13 4
1974–75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 76 38 33 71 16 12 8 4 12 10
1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 59 24 23 47 19
1975–76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 12 5 2 7 4 3 1 0 1 2
1976–77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 25 5 6 11 4
1976–77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 38 13 15 28 18 5 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 543 133 174 307 156 24 11 7 18 4
WHL totals 175 93 95 188 75 18 6 7 13 10
WHA totals 366 167 162 329 93 36 16 15 31 16

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