Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Walt Atanas
Eddie Shore liked what he saw when he first scouted Atanas and assigned the right winger to his AHL team in Buffalo. While there, "Ants" displayed his trademark blistering shot and blazing speed and was a significant part of the Bisons league championship that season.

The next year, Atanas played with the Rangers while their war-torn roster was in the Army, and he had a perfectly acceptable season, scoring 13 goals. But the Rangers missed the playoffs and pre-war players were starting to return from action to reclaim their sports with the team. Atanas was buried in the minors for more than a decade, never to see the NHL again.

He played for the famous Minneapolis Millers in the USHL, and joined a variety of teams before settling in with Shore's newest purchase, the Springfield Indians. After four years, he played a final season in North Bay and then retired in 1957.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Hamilton Whizzers OHA-Jr. 23 37 12 49 21 5 1 1 2 10
1943-44 Buffalo Bisons AHL 46 16 19 35 33 9 6 7 13 2
1943-44 Toronto Maher Jewels TIHL 1 2 0 2 0
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 49 13 8 21 40
1944-45 Toronto Maher Jewels TIHL 1 2 0 2 0
1945-46 Cleveland Barons AHL 31 10 10 20 30
1945-46 Minneapolis Millers USHL 22 11 10 21 36
1946-47 Minneapolis Millers USHL 51 10 19 29 40 3 1 0 1 4
1947-48 Minneapolis Millers USHL 66 25 38 63 59 10 6 2 8 8
1948-49 Minneapolis Millers USHL 64 35 20 55 15
1949-50 Minneapolis Millers USHL 69 24 28 52 49 7 7 4 11 10
1950-51 Buffalo Bisons AHL 61 19 26 45 23 4 0 0 0 8
1951-52 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 2 2 4 4
1951-52 Victoria Cougars PCHL 36 21 8 29 32 13 3 6 9 11
1952-53 Vancouver Canucks WHL 68 28 24 52 28 9 1 1 2 14
1953-54 Springfield Indians QHL 18 7 15 22 24
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors AHL 28 9 19 28 14
1954-55 Springfield Indians AHL 62 29 45 74 66 4 0 1 1 2
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 56 24 28 52 49
1956-57 North Bay Trappers NOHA 52 15 31 46 35 13 4 5 9 6
NHL Totals 49 13 8 21 40


Claimed by NY Rangers from Buffalo (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, May 12, 1944.