Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hank Ciesla
After five seasons with his hometown St. Catherine's Teepees center Hank Ciesla joined the Chicago Black Hawks in 1955. Ciesla, born on October 15th, 1934, played 70 games in each of his two seasons with the 'Hawks, recording a career high in points during his rookie year when he notched 31. In June of 1957 Chicago traded Ciesla to the New York Rangers, and he spent the next two years playing for the Broadway Blueshirts, but found himself out of the NHL by 1959.

Ciesla played the next two years with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans, then moved on to the Cleveland Barons. In 1962-63 with the Barons, Ciesla led the AHL in goal scoring with 42 and was named to the Second All-Star Team.

Following that campaign he joined the Pittsburgh Hornets for one year. His final season came the next year, when he moved close to his home province of Ontario to join the Buffalo Bison's for his final year of pro hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1950-51 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 41 14 25 39 27 14 5 7 12 14
1952-53 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 56 19 24 43 43 1 0 0 0 0
1953-54 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 59 39 30 69 66 15 6 7 13 8
1953-54 St. Catharines Teepees M-Cup 11 5 8 13 29
1954-55 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 45 57 49 106 36 11 7 8 15 23
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 8 23 31 22
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 10 8 18 28
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 60 2 6 8 16 6 0 2 2 0
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 69 6 14 20 21
1959-60 Rochester Americans AHL 64 27 44 71 31 11 3 7 10 14
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 70 30 44 74 23
1961-62 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 25 38 63 22 6 4 3 7 6
1962-63 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 42 56 98 41 7 3 8 11 8
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 69 18 38 56 46 5 1 3 4 8
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 49 8 8 16 34
NHL Totals 269 26 51 77 87 6 0 2 2 0


OHA-Jr. MVP (1955)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1963)
Rights claimed by both Montreal and Toronto out of junior. Rights traded to Chicago by Buffalo (AHL) for $15,000 with Montreal receiving Bob Duncan (Toronto/OHA-Jr.) and Toronto receiving Gary Collins (Kitchener/OHA-Jr.), September, 1955. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago for Ron Murphy, June, 1957. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers with Bill Kennedy and future considerations for Noel Price, October 3, 1959. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Toronto (Rochester-AHL) for Bill Dineen and cash, August, 1961. Claimed by Detroit (Pittsburgh-AHL) from Cleveland (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Traded to Chicago (Buffalo-AHL) by Detroit (Pittsburgh-AHL) for Jerry Toppazzini, October 10, 1964.
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