Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete Goegan
Pete Goegan was a rugged, surly defenseman who made it to the NHL the old-fashioned way: through tough, grinding toil in the minors. He also lived by the code of rivalries: "Everybody's buddy, buddy today," he observed. "But when we played, nobody was buddy, buddy. We wouldn't talk to the opposing players. If we saw them in a bar after the game, they sat in their own section and we sat in ours and that was it."

Goegan started his progression to the pros with the Fort William Canadiens where, if penalty minutes were goals, he'd have led the league in scoring.

By the late 1950s Goegan had passed through the Cleveland Barons ranks and on to his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings. In the Motor City, he had to work hard and fight hard to keep his job. Over the years, he made regular stops in the AHL only to be recalled for brief stints with the big boys.

In February of 1962, Goegan was traded to the Rangers for Noel Price. By October of the same year, the revolving door turned, sending Price back to the Rangers in exchange for the original collateral, Pete Goegan.

In 1967, Goegan was drafted by the expansion Minnesota North Stars where he played on final NHL season before rounding out his career in the minors.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 29 2 6 8 84
1952-53 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 21 12 11 23 108 6 2 1 3 14
1952-53 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 5 1 1 2 26
1953-54 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 23 4 11 15 147 4 1 3 4 8
1953-54 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 13 1 0 1 33
1954-55 Fort William Beavers NOHA
1954-55 Fort William Beavers Al-Cup 13 4 1 5 33
1955-56 Sault Ste. Marie Indians NOHA 59 6 15 21 104 7 2 1 3 6
1956-57 Cleveland Barons AHL 51 3 17 20 121 11 0 0 0 30
1957-58 Cleveland Barons AHL 55 6 17 23 94
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 0 2 2 28 4 0 0 0 18
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 1 11 12 109
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 3 0 3 6 6 1 0 1 13
1959-60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 40 11 16 27 107
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 5 29 34 78 11 0 1 1 18
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 5 5 10 24
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 7 0 2 2 6
1961-62 Springfield Indians AHL 7 0 1 1 12 11 3 3 6 20
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 1 8 9 48 11 0 2 2 12
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 0 0 0 8
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 55 6 17 23 127 5 0 0 0 6
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 1 0 1 2
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 68 9 14 23 163 2 0 0 0 2
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 0 2 2 14 1 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 52 4 17 21 85
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 31 2 6 8 12
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 34 4 16 20 60 9 1 5 6 17
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 46 1 2 3 30 -16
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 15 2 5 7 18 4 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Denver Spurs WHL 34 1 10 11 40
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 25 0 4 4 30 4 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 383 19 67 86 365 33 1 3 4 61


Traded to Detroit by Cleveland (AHL) for Gord Hollingworth and cash, February 20, 1958. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for Noel Price, February 16, 1962. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Noel Price, October 8, 1962. Claimed by Minnesota from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.