Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Girard
Bob Girard was a speedy left-winger who put up decent numbers despite playing for weak teams throughout his career. He was an excellent passer whose work ethic earned him the respect of his teammates.

The Montreal native played senior hockey with the Amqui Aces before he signed as a free agent by the California Golden Seals in September, 1973. After two years in the minors, he was promoted to the woeful Seals and scored 16 goals as a rookie while playing on a line with Gary Sabourin and Wayne Merrick. He remained with the franchise when it relocated to Cleveland the next year and was often used as a checker.

Part way through the 1977-78 season Girard was traded to the Washington Capitals. He was a solid two way worker on the woeful Caps but was checked closely since the club had few skilled players for the opposition to handle. He retired in 1980 after scoring 41 points for the Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Amqui Aces Que-Sr. 45 18 33 51
1973-74 Charlotte Checkers SHL 23 5 17 22 12
1973-74 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 50 2 19 21 37 1 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 74 13 32 45 60 11 0 2 2 10
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 80 16 26 42 54 -3
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 68 11 10 21 33 -24
1976-77 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 4 2 6 8 0
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 25 0 4 4 11 -8
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 52 9 14 23 6 -3
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 79 9 15 24 36 -15
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 74 15 26 41 63 16 5 5 10 6
NHL Totals 305 45 69 114 140


Signed as a free agent by California, September, 1973. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Traded to Washington by Cleveland with Cleveland's 2nd round choice (Paul MacKinnon) in 1978 Amateur Draft for Walt McKechnie, December 9, 1977. Claimed by Washington as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.