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CATCHING UP WITH GARY EDWARDS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Gary Edwards
For this week's edition of "LAKings.com Catching up With..." LAKings.com's Mike Kalinowski caught up with former Kings goaltender Gary Edwards.


 Catching up with Gary Edwards  

GARY EDWARDS QUICK FACTS

Position:
Goaltender
Born: Oct. 5, 1947 (Toronto, Ontario)
Drafted: Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first-round (6th overall) of the 1968 NHL Amateur Draft.
Acquired By Kings: Claimed by Los Angeles from Buffalo in the 1971 Waiver Draft.
Years With The Kings: 1971-77

Career With The Kings:
  • Helped the Kings to their best finish in franchise history by going 15-3-8 with three shutouts and a 2.34 goals-against average during the 1974-75 season, a season in which the Kings finished second in the Norris Division with a record of 42-17-21 and 105 points
  • His 2.34 goals-against average in 1974-75 still ranks as the third lowest goals-against average ever posted by a Kings netminder in one season (minimum 25 games played)
  • Finished the 1974-75 season with only one loss in his last 17 starts
  • Ranks sixth all-time in games played by a Kings goalie (155) and seventh all-time with 54 career wins and seven shutouts in a Kings uniform
  • Finished his career as a King with a record of 54-68-22, seven shutouts and a goals-against-average of 3.39
  • Named the Kings Rookie of the Year in 1971-72
  • Voted as the Kings Unsung Hero in 1974-75
  • Led all Kings goalies in minutes played (2,503) in 1971-72
  • Was nicknamed “Blinky” and “Scoop” by his Los Angeles teammates

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"CATCHING UP WITH"

June 3: Charlie Huddy

June 10: Mike Murphy

July 1: Gary Edwards

Note: June 17 and 24 LAKings.com shifted to Draft Day Memories.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • First big-league save came against the legendary Stan Mikita during the 1968-69 season (he appeared for a total of four minutes in that game against the Chicago Blackhawks after Blues’ goalie Jacques Plante got hurt and while Glenn Hall prepared to enter the game)
  • Played with the Cleveland Barons (NHL), Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded by the Kings to Cleveland in January of 1977
  • Last NHL season was with Pittsburgh in 1981-82
  • Career NHL totals include a record of 88-125-51 with 10 shutouts in 286 career NHL regular season games
What He’s Doing Now:
  • Lives in Moorpark, Calif. with his wife, Kathy, who was originally from Los Angeles
  • Their son, Bryant, is a USC graduate
  • Received his insurance license shortly after his NHL career ended
  • Has also had his contractors license for the last 20 years and owns a small wood-finishing business
Interview Highlights:
  • Roomed with Bob Pulford on his very first road trip with the Kings (Pulford the following season served as the Kings head coach)
  • Still attends a handful of Kings games each season
  • Plays pick-up hockey on a regular basis but does not wear the goaltending pads anymore
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