Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aut Erickson
Aut Erickson split his four-year junior career evenly between the Lethbridge Native Sons and the Prince Albert Mintos of the WCJHL between 1954 and 1958. During that time, and especially in Prince Albert, the lanky blueliner established himself as a robust defender who had a touch for head-manning the puck.

In 1958-59, he turned pro with the Calgary Stampeders for a season before leaping to the top with the Boston Bruins where he completed two full campaigns of spot duty. His entry onto the NHL stage, however, bore little resemblance to his success in Western Canada. At the pro level, Erickson would suffer the wandering fate of most journeymen of his day.

Over the nine seasons that followed his departure from Boston, Erickson picked up the odd gig with various NHL clubs including the Chicago Blackhawks, Oakland Seals, and Toronto Maple Leafs. The latter outing consisted of only one game with the Blue and White during their Stanley Cup run of 1967. An appearance in that single contest got his name etched on the Cup.

In between NHL stops, he put in time with the Buffalo Bisons and Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL plus the Victoria Cougars and Phoenix Roadrunners of the WHL. He retired from on-ice duty in 1969-70.

Afterwards, he stayed on to coach the Roadrunners for two seasons and then returned to the NHL as an assistant GM with the New York Islanders. After two years in the front office he co-coached the team with Earl Ingarfield for a short time before leaving hockey for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1954-55 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 39 3 2 5 54 11 0 2 2 2
1955-56 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 47 6 14 20 75 11 6 2 8 14
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 49 12 15 27 159 13 4 5 9 4
1957-58 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 47 14 32 46 108 6 0 4 4 7
1957-58 Saskatoon/St. Paul Saints WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Regina Pats SJHL 16 6 8 14 16
1957-58 Regina Pats M-Cup 16 6 5 11 16
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 62 4 15 19 93 8 0 1 1 4
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 58 1 6 7 29
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 68 2 6 8 65
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 64 7 23 30 88 11 1 1 2 6
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 0 0 8
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 68 3 19 22 97 12 0 4 4 25
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 31 0 1 1 34 6 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 34 3 13 16 36
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 3 19 22 94 4 0 0 0 6
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 65 7 14 21 109 14 1 5 6 10
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 70 8 28 36 76
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 65 4 11 15 46 -17
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 68 8 29 37 83
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1969-70 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 18 0 4 4 8
NHL Totals 226 7 24 31 182 7 0 0 0 2


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1956)
SJHL First All-Star Team (1957, 1958)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1967)
Claimed by Chicago from Saskatoon-St. Paul (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 3, 1958. Claimed by Boston from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1959. Claimed by Chicago from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Ron Murphy for John Miszuk, Art Stratton and Ian Cushenan, June 9, 1964. Traded to Toronto by Detroit with Marcel Pronovost, Larry Jeffrey, Eddie Joyal and Lowell MacDonald for Billy Harris, Gary Jarrett and Andy Bathgate, May 20, 1965. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.
Underwent career-ending spinal fusion surgery, January, 1970.