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Pat Stapleton

Pat Stapleton  #12

Defenseman
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: July 4, 1940
HEIGHT: 5' 8" BIRTHPLACE: Sarnia, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 180
Shoots: Left
Father of Mike OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1959, 1960) EPHL Second All-Star Team (1961) EPHL First All-Star Team (1963) WHL Second All-Star Team (1964) WHL First All-Star Team (1965) Hal Laycoe Cup (Outstanding Defenseman WHL) (1965) NHL Second All-Star Team (1966, 1971, 1972) WHA First All-Star Team (1974) Dennis Murphy Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman WHA) (1974) WHA Second All-Star Team (1976) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972) Claimed by Boston from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961. Traded to Toronto by Boston with Orland Kurtenbach and Andy Hebenton for Ron Stewart, June 8, 1965. Claimed by Chicago from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1965. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Chicago (WHA) by Los Angelex (WHA) for cash, September, 1973. Selected by Indianapolis (WHA) from Chicago (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, May 19, 1975. WHA rights transferred to Cincinnati (WHA) in Special Dispersal Auction after Indianapolis (WHA) refused to honour his contract, November, 1977.
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres