Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Bonar
Dan Bonar was not blessed with an abundance of size but he certainly made up for that with speed and nifty puckhandling skills as a kid growing up playing hockey in Manitoba. He was often overlooked by scouts because of his lack of size, yet he kept scoring at every level. At 18 he played his rookie year in Junior A with the Brandon Wheat Kings and had 84 points in 70 games. Despite increasing his points total to 103 the following year, NHL scouts were concerned about his ability to take the pounding in the pros and he remained undrafted. The snub seemed to fuel a fire in Bonar who returned to Brandon for a third season in 1976-77 as an overage player where he responded by scoring 75 goals and 125 points. Although it was an impressive total it ranked him just fourth on the Wheat Kings and he again went unnoticed in the NHL Draft.

In 1977-78 he played for the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets and once again showed that his size was not a detriment to his game production as he netted 47 goals and 108 points in 79 games and was named the league MVP and Rookie of the Year. Thanks to that impressive showing, Bonar was given a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He moved to Springfield to play with their minor-league affiliate in the AHL. He played the following year in Binghamton before finally getting his shot at the NHL but when it came, it was in a big way. He suited up for 71 games with the Kings in his rookie season in 1980-81, where he tallied eleven goals and 26 points. He returned for another season with the Kings and improved his offensive output by ten points, a significant gain for a forward being used primarily in a defensive role.

Midway through the 1982-83 season Bonar was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and that effectively spelled the end of his NHL career. He played in the minors for a couple of years before deciding to retire in 1985.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Portage Terriers MJHL 48 39 41 80 81
1974-75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 70 43 41 84 62 5 2 4 6 10
1975-76 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 69 44 59 103 49 5 2 3 5 0
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 72 75 50 125 70 16 6 14 20 44
1977-78 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 79 47 61 108 43 11 6 9 15 6
1978-79 Springfield Indians AHL 80 33 39 72 30
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 64 29 32 61 91
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 11 15 26 57 0 4 1 1 2 11
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 13 23 36 111 -4 10 2 3 5 11
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 1 1 2 40 -7
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 22 10 13 23 29 11 1 7 8 13
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 35 9 14 23 27
1983-84 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 44 13 23 36 75 12 4 7 11 38
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 31 3 13 16 43
NHL Totals 170 25 39 64 208 14 3 4 7 22


IHL First All-Star Team (1978)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1978)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1978)
Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 7, 1978. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles for cash, December 20, 1983.
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