Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Garland
Scott Garland was not particularly blessed with an abundance of natural talent when it came to playing hockey, but his strong work ethic earned him a shot at the NHL. After playing major junior hockey with the Montreal Junior Canadiens and the Peterborough Petes of the OHA, he signed a free-agent pro contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs following a year in the CHL with the Tulsa Oilers. Garland showed a willingness to mix it up, compiling 195 minutes in penalties. The Leafs felt his tenacity would work well on the penalty-killing unit.

In 1975-76 Garland was called up to the Leafs for 16 games where he scored four goals and seven points while playing the wing on the team's fourth-line unit. In 1976-77 he played his only full NHL campaign, dressing for 69 games, scoring nine goals and 29 points.

In the summer of 1978 he was sent as part of a package deal to the L.A. Kings but played in just eight games with the team. The majority of his year was spent in the minors with the Springfield Indians.

Garland died on June 9, 1979 as the result of head injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 27.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 29 4 8 12 94
1971-72 Sarnia Bees ON-Jr.A 34 9 14 23 159
1971-72 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 5 1 0 1 7
1972-73 Tulsa Oilers CHL 62 15 20 35 192
1973-74 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 51 11 10 21 106 9 0 1 1 14
1974-75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 61 18 27 45 132 5 0 2 2 42
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 4 3 7 8 0 7 1 2 3 35
1975-76 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 58 19 40 59 53
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 9 20 29 83 -18
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 20 6 7 13 19 7 2 0 2 31
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 1 1 24 -4
1978-79 Springfield Indians AHL 45 11 20 31 114
NHL Totals 91 13 24 37 115 7 1 2 3 35


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 30, 1973. Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto with Brian Glennie, Kurt Walker and Toronto's 2nd round pick (Mark Hardy) in 1979 NHL Draft for Dave Hutchison and Lorne Stamler, June 14, 1978.
Died of injuries suffered in automobile accident, June 9, 1979.
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