Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Buchanan
Ron Buchanan successfully followed in his father Bucky's footsteps by making it to the NHL, and although his stay was short, he outlasted his father's tenure by four games.

Buchanan's road to the pros began as a rookie in major junior hockey with the OHA's Oshawa Generals in 1963-64. In that first season Buchanan turned in a tremendous offensive effort, scoring 52 goals and 99 points in 56 games. The following year he scored 50 goals and 103 points to lead the Generals in scoring for the second year in a row. Among other well known players on that team included; a very young Bobby Orr, Wayne Cashman and Danny O'Shea.

In 1964-65, Buchanan turned pro with the Minneapolis Bruins of the CPHL and then played for two seasons in Oklahoma City of the CPHL before getting the call to play for the Boston Bruins for three games in 1966-67, where he was held off the scoresheet. Over the next three years, Buchanan toiled in the minors with the Kansas City Blues and the Quebec Aces of the AHL before getting the opportunity to play two more games in the NHL, this time with the St. Louis Blues in 1969-70. Once again he was held pointless. That was the last time Buchanan played in the NHL.

After a couple more years in the minors, Buchanan signed with the new WHA and the Cleveland Crusaders for the 1972-73 season. In 75 games he scored 37 goals and 81 points, marking the best pro season of his career, in any league. He remained with the Crusaders for another year-and-a-half before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers during the 1974-75 campaign. Later that season he was on the move again, going to the Indianapolis Racers. Buchanan's final pro season was in 1975-76, when he played 23 games with the Racers, scoring four goals and eleven points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 39 13 25 38 18
1963-64 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 56 52 47 99 38 4 4 3 7 12
1964-65 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 49 50 53 103 21 6 5 3 8 0
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 4 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 70 27 16 43 33 9 5 5 10 0
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 56 34 35 69 23 11 5 5 10 6
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 64 26 48 74 41
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 11 3 1 4 2
1968-69 Kansas City Blues CHL 50 16 45 61 16
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 66 26 48 74 79
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 63 23 33 56 31
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 69 38 42 80 10 9 5 6 11 8
1972-73 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 75 37 44 81 20 9 7 3 10 0
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 49 18 27 45 2 5 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 4 2 0 2 2
1974-75 Edmonton Oilers WHA 22 6 9 15 4
1974-75 Indianapolis Racers WHA 32 16 15 31 16
1975-76 Indianapolis Racers WHA 23 4 7 11 4
NHL Totals 5 0 0 0 0


Son of Bucky
OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1965)
CPHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Traded to St. Louis by Philadelphia for cash, May 14, 1969. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA), July, 1972. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for Jim Harrison, October 14, 1974. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for Murray Kennett, January, 1975.