Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gerry Ehman
Gerry Ehman started his hockey career as a standout offensive forward for the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL in 1951-52. From there, he made the leap into the world of pro hockey where a long journeyman's path awaited him.

From 1952 to 1958, he slowly sharpened his trade in the service of such minor-league clubs as the Edmonton Flyers, the St. Louis Flyers, the Sherbrooke Saints, the Quebec Aces, the Vancouver Canucks, the Springfield Indians, and the Hershey Bears.

Between minor-league stops, Ehman picked up a few games with the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings with little indication that the sturdy winger was anything more than a spot player. Once an injured forward got back onto his skates, Ehman was bound for his familiar place in the minors.

But in 1958, Leafs' GM Punch Imlach acquired him and tossed him onto a line with Billy Harris and Frank Mahovlich. The trio clicked, giving Ehman his first steady taste of life at the top. During the playoffs of that year, he astounded everyone, including himself, by potting 13 points in 12 post-season games.

The following year, he put in another sound effort, but was shut out during the playoffs. Soon after the start of the 1960-61 campaign, he was sent down to the Rochester Americans of the AHL where he remained until the tail end of the 1963-64 season. Imlach brought him back up for the playoffs, a move that got Ehman's name etched on the Stanley Cup.

After the championship parade, however, he was returned to Rochester where he toiled until the NHL expanded in 1967. The fledgling Oakland Seals secured his rights with the hope that his veteran leadership would help stabilize their new and disparate lineup. And Ehman did just that. Known as "Dad" because of his senior years, he skated on a line with Ernie Hicke and Tommy Williams. The trio performed well with Ehman putting up four-straight seasons of solid numbers in a losing cause.

By the end of the 1970-71 campaign, however, the old winger had run his course. He retired to pursue a lengthy career as a scout for various NHL teams.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 50 40 42 82 18 14 5 11 16 0
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 22 3 3 6 0
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 39 3 1 4 8
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 65 13 21 34 29 5 0 2 2 0
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 59 14 25 39 58 8 2 3 5 12
1955-56 Vancouver Canucks WHL 15 5 7 12 6 15 9 2 11 14
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 64 23 35 58 18
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 1 0
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 68 40 39 79 32 13 10 6 16 8
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 1 1 4
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 23 8 7 15 4
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 12 13 25 12 12 6 7 13 8
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 12 16 28 26 9 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 1 1 2 2
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 53 32 23 55 14
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 66 29 37 66 26 2 1 1 2 0
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 72 30 40 70 32 1 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 1 1 2 0 9 1 0 1 4
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 66 36 49 85 26 2 0 1 1 0
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 70 38 49 87 20 10 2 5 7 10
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 70 39 49 88 28 12 5 4 9 8
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 68 33 36 69 27 13 2 7 9 6
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 73 19 25 44 20 -5
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 70 21 24 45 12 -13 7 2 2 4 0
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 76 11 19 30 8 -25 4 1 1 2 0
1970-71 California Seals NHL 78 18 18 36 16 -40
NHL Totals 429 96 118 214 100 41 10 10 20 12


SJHL First All-Star Team (1952)
AHL First All-Star Team (1958, 1964, 1966)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1961)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1964) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1964)
Claimed by Boston (Springfield-AHL) from Detroit (Edmonton-WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 1, 1953. Traded to Detroit by Springfield (AHL) for Hank Bassen, Dennis Olson and Bill McCreary, May 1, 1958. Traded to Toronto by Detroit (Hershey-AHL) for cash and the loan of Willie Marshall, December 23, 1958. Traded to Oakland by Toronto (Rochester-AHL) for Bryan Hextall Jr. and J.P. Parise, October 12, 1967.