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Gary Edwards
For this week's edition of " Catching up With..."'s Mike Kalinowski caught up with former Kings goaltender Gary Edwards.

 Catching up with Gary Edwards  


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 PRESENTS

June 3: Charlie Huddy

June 10: Mike Murphy

July 1: Gary Edwards

Note: June 17 and 24 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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