Brother of Brian and Ray Father of John Rookie of the Year Award WHL (1956) AHL First All-Star Team (1962)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, June, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Frank Roggeveen and Johnny Wilson, June 9, 1959. Traded to NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) by Detroit for Pete Conacher, August, 1960.
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season