Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Bladon
Tom Bladon played his junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WCJHL from 1970 to 1972. During that time, the young defender established himself as a solid, offensive threat from the blueline.

The Philadelphia Flyers picked him up in the 1972 Entry Draft and he went right to work for the club the following year. The success of his rookie campaign was a welcome experience for Bladon although the longer-term fallout didn't always make life easy. Because he netted most of his 42 points during that first year while on the right point on power plays, comparisons were frequently made with another famous blueliner who'd scored about the same number of points from the same post--Bobby Orr.

But Tom Bladon, by his own admission, was no Bobby Orr. On a good day, there were few rearguards who were as offensively effective. But on his off nights, which were not infrequent, he appeared to fight the puck as though dumbstruck by its arrival.

Through the highs and lows, however, Bladon fought on. On the upside, he savoured two Stanley Cup victories with the "Broad Street Bullies" in 1974 and 1975. On the down side, his medications, one for allergies and the other for sleeping, were incorrectly mixed during the 1974-75 campaign. He was skating around like a slug for some time. The fans would boo him at every turn until the problem was discovered and corrected.

Bladon hung on with the Flyers until 1978. He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played one final season of less-than-stellar hockey. The following year, he put in brief showings with Edmonton, Winnipeg and Detroit before heading down to Adirondack of the AHL where he retired in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Edmonton Maple Leafs AJHL 46 12 17 29 115
1970-71 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 66 13 25 38 124 14 5 6 11 46
1971-72 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 65 11 44 55 90 16 6 7 13 10
1971-72 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 2 0 1 1 4
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 11 31 42 26 +9 11 0 4 4 2
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 12 22 34 37 +24 16 4 6 10 25
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 20 29 54 +42 13 1 3 4 12
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 14 23 37 68 +45 16 2 6 8 14
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 10 43 53 39 +34 10 1 3 4 4
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 11 24 35 57 +32 12 0 2 2 11
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 4 23 27 64 -17 7 0 4 4 2
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 2 6 8 35 -25 1 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 5 5 10 -10
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 41 3 15 18 28 18 3 3 6 16
NHL Totals 610 73 197 270 392 86 8 29 37 70


WCJHL Second All-Star Team (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1977, 1978) Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk for Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Behn Wilson) in 1978 Amateur Draft, June 14, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 10, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, December 13, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, January 14, 1981.