Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Andruff
Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Ron Andruff was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1973 NHL Entry Draft. That same year, at the break-away World Hockey League Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets made Andruff their first pick. Despite the odds of laying claim to retiring legend Henri Richard's spot, he nonetheless opted for the newly crowned Stanley Cup champions.

Andruff captured the scoring championship in the AHL, the M.V.P. and an All-Star award and his stock was on the rise. But being drafted by the Habs during those years and making the team were two vastly different things. Andruff shuttled between Halifax and Montreal to fill in for injuries, but couldn't break into the lineup. Finally, after sharing in three consecutive Stanley Cup championships and leading the Voyageurs to an American Hockey League title, he was sold to the luckless Colorado Rockies (the former Kansas City Scouts franchise, which ultimately became the New Jersey Devils).

Coach Johnny Wilson never took a liking to him and, even though Andruff had just won the AHL scoring title the prior season, their chemistry played out in only 4 goals in 66 games. Midway through the next season Wilson was fired, but the coaching change had little impact on Andruff's ability to put the puck in the net. He scored 15 times in 78 games. The following year the honeymoon was over, but even as Andruff was demoted to the AHL, he was selected to play for Team Canada Future Stars in the Isvestia Tournament in Moscow. The team won the Bronze medal, but Andruff's motivated play won him a new lease on life. Deciding his NHL career was a thing of the past, he shipped off to play for Mannheim Eis und Rollsport Club (MERC) in the German National Hockey League where he led the team to two post-season championship series; winning the first, but losing the second. He retired in 1982 after playing out a unique 5 game contract with Dusseldorf EG.

Andruff's professional hockey career is notable for the fact that he played on 5 championship teams in 3 different professional leagues during a 9 year career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 63 20 32 52 44 7 0 3 3 17
1972-73 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 66 43 48 91 114 8 2 4 6 15
1973-74 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 72 11 27 38 93 6 4 0 4 0
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
1974-75 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 65 30 31 61 50 6 4 1 5 18
1975-76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 74 42 46 88 58 9 5 8 13 9
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 66 4 18 22 21 -18
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 78 15 18 33 31 -16 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -4
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 35 16 16 32 8
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 33 9 23 32 10 10 6 11 17 0
1979-80 Mannheimer ERC W.German 47 44 40 84 117
1980-81 Mannheimer ERC W.German 44 35 43 78 110 10 8 7 15 16
1981-82 Dusseldorfer EG W.German 4 1 3 4 6
NHL Totals 153 19 36 55 54 2 0 0 0 0


AHL First All-Star Team (1976)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1976)
Traded to Colorado by Montreal with Sean Shanahan for cash, September 13, 1976.
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