Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Buchanan
As like most young talented hockey stars in Winnipeg during the 1940s, Al Buchanan played for the Winnipeg Monarchs of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. During his rookie year in 1944-45, Buchanan played in six regular-season games, scoring five goals and ten points. He then was part of the Monarch team which went on to represent the MJHL at the Memorial Cup, eventually won the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. The following year Buchanan was named team captain and the Monarchs again advanced to the Memorial Cup, this time coming away as champions for the 1945-46 season. After one more season in Winnipeg, Buchanan joined the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA Junior league in 1947-48.

Buchanan's pro career began in 1948-48, playing three games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he picked up one assist. The balance of his season was spent in Toronto as a member of the senior Marlboros team. Buchanan was called up for one game with the Maple Leafs in 1949-50, which turned out to be his final game in the NHL.

Buchanan continued to play professional hockey for another five years, with the Marlboros, the St. John Beavers of the MMHL, the Kitchener Dutchmen, Hamilton Dutchmen and finally the Niagara Falls Cataracts, all of the OHA senior league.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1944-45 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 6 5 5 10 0 6 5 2 7 4
1944-45 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 10 4 2 6 4
1945-46 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 9 7 0 7 0 7 2 1 3 0
1945-46 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 17 6 4 10 14
1946-47 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 15 16 9 25 11 6 1 4 5 7
1947-48 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 34 22 24 46 0 5 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 1 2
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 37 21 16 37 33 10 1 3 4 26
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 13 3 8 11 15
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 35 21 24 45 21 14 7 4 11 4
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 16 10 11 21 2
1950-51 Toronto Marlboros OMHL 32 14 19 33 25 3 1 1 2 2
1951-52 Saint John Beavers MMHL 77 21 33 54 44 3 1 1 2 0
1952-53 Kitchener Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 46 20 21 41 24 11 1 2 3 8
1952-53 Kitchener Dutchmen Al-Cup 17 3 9 12 11
1953-54
1954-55 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Sr. 36 8 10 18 10
NHL Totals 4 0 1 1 2


Signed as a free agent by Saint John (MMHL), September 17, 1951.