Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hilliard Graves
Right-winger Hilliard Graves spent parts of nine NHL seasons with four different clubs in the 70s and 80s. He was an above average goal scorer who could handle defensive assignments effectively.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Graves spent two years with the Charlottetown Islanders of the PEI junior league. He was signed as a free agent by the California Golden Seals prior to the 1970-71 season then split his time between the NHL and AHL before injuries ended his season.

After a solid year with the AHL's Baltimore Clippers in 1971-72, Graves scored 27 goals in his first full NHL season. He formed the club's most consistent line with Ivan Boldirev and Gary Croteau. After a sub-par sophomore season he was traded to the Atlanta Flames for John Stewart. Graves spent a little over two seasons in Dixie as a versatile forward then was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in December, 1976. In 1977-78 he registered his second 20-goal season while playing with linemates Ron Sedlbauer and Chris Oddleifson.

Graves' totals dropped off in 1978-79 and he was left unprotected in the Expansion Draft following the WHA/NHL merger. The veteran winger was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets and was a utility player in 35 games during the 1979-80 season before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Charlottetown Islanders MJrHL 38 16 26 42 69 14 10 13 23 26
1969-70 Charlottetown Islanders MJrHL 42 32 65 97 55 12 8 13 21 11
1969-70 Charlottetown Islanders M-Cup 15 5 16 21 19
1970-71 California Seals NHL 14 0 0 0 0 -2
1970-71 Providence Reds AHL 16 3 1 4 11
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 76 14 18 32 67 18 5 4 9 33
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 75 27 25 52 34 -15
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 64 11 18 29 48 -32
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 67 10 19 29 30 +3
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 19 30 49 16 +3 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 25 8 5 13 17 -1
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 54 10 20 30 17 +2
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 21 26 47 18 -17
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 11 15 26 14 -15
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 18 8 15 23 22 5 4 5 9 10
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 35 1 5 6 15 -13
1979-80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 5 2 3 5 2
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 16 3 6 9 5 17 8 6 14 4
NHL Totals 556 118 163 281 209 2 0 0 0 0


Signed as a free agent by California, October, 1970. Traded to Atlanta by California for John Stewart, July 18, 1974. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta with Larry Carriere for John Gould and Los Angeles' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Brian Hill) in 1977 Amateur Draft, December 2, 1976. Claimed by Winnipeg from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
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