Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Earl Balfour
Balfour was a defensive forward, a penalty-killing specialist who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1960-61. He was drafted away from the champion Hawks by Boston immediately after his Cup victory but stormed out of the Bruin training camp after a run-in with head coach Phil Watson.

Detroit general manager Sid Abel, a well-known linemate of Gordie Howe's from the Production Line days, tried Balfour on the left wing of Mr. Hockey's line but the aging Spider didn't quite make the cut. Balfour, who began his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was reinstated as an amateur in 1964 and joined the Galt Hornets in the OHA Sr. league, where he became a playing-coach a year later. Balfour resigned from Galt in 1967 and rejoined the Toronto Marlboros, the team he had first played for as a teen.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 2 0 0 0 2
1950-51 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 53 10 16 26 53 13 6 4 10 16
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 51 10 29 39 75 6 3 3 6 8
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 63 14 30 44 33 10 0 4 4 14
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 1 1 6
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 51 16 22 38 29 4 1 1 2 0
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 63 17 31 48 42 10 2 9 11 9
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 14 5 19 40 3 0 1 1 2
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 63 21 16 37 38 10 3 5 8 6
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 70 27 31 58 58
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 10 8 18 10 6 0 2 2 0
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 3 5 8 16 4 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 3 3 6 4 12 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 19 19 38 28
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 71 7 15 22 30
1963-64
1964-65 Galt Hornets OHA-Sr. 34 19 23 42 18 4 4 6 10 6
1965-66 Galt Hornets OHA-Sr. 42 22 28 50 33
1966-67 Galt Hornets OHA-Sr. 39 21 15 36 32
1967-68 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 36 22 22 44 12
1968-69 Orillia Terriers OHA-Sr. 37 4 13 17 10
NHL Totals 288 30 22 52 78 26 0 3 3 4


OHA-Sr. Second All-Star Team (1965, 1966, 1967) Claimed by Chicago from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 3, 1958. Claimed by Boston from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961.