Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Harris
Born and raised in Toronto, Billy's lifelong dream was to play for his hometown Maple Leafs. The dream became reality in two manners -- first, when he was signed by the Leaf organization in 1950 and became a Marlboro in the junior ranks, then in 1955 when he joined the parent Maple Leafs of the NHL. Billy was a dependable two-way centre, and enjoyed three consecutive Stanley Cup championships with Toronto in 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1963-64. An avid photographer, he chronicled the celebrations in a book titled, 'The Glory Years: Memoirs of a Decade - 1955-65.' In May 1965, Harris was traded to Detroit with Andy Bathgate and Gary Jarrett for Marcel Pronovost, Larry Jeffrey, Ed Joyal, Aut Erickson and Lowell MacDonald. A part-timer with the Red Wings, Harris spent 1966-67 with their AHL affiliate in Pittsburgh, helping the Hornets win the Calder Cup championship. The expansion Oakland Seals claimed Billy in the 1967 draft. During his second season with the fledgling franchise, Harris was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Bob Dillabough. Billy coached the Canadian National Team during the 1969-70 season, then left the coaching ranks to pursue his degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, where he also served as hockey coach. After retiring, Billy Harris spent several years working for the Toronto Maple Leafs' alumni association before his death September 20, 2001, nine days shy of his 66th birthday.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1950-51 Weston Dukes OHA-B 18 6 14 20 2 12 8 9 17 4
1950-51 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 2 0 1 1 0
1951-52 Weston Dukes OHA-B
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 3 0 1 1 0
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 56 20 31 51 4 7 2 1 3 4
1953-54 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 59 25 39 64 27 15 4 6 10 20
1954-55 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 47 37 29 66 26 13 10 18 28 11
1954-55 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 11 5 6 11 0
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 13 22 8 5 1 0 1 4
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 4 6 10 6
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 43 5 20 25 15 2 0 0 0 4
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 16 28 44 32
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 22 30 52 29 12 3 4 7 16
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 13 25 38 29 9 0 3 3 4
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 12 27 39 30 5 1 0 1 0
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 15 10 25 14 12 2 1 3 2
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 8 24 32 22 10 0 1 1 0
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 6 12 18 17 9 1 1 2 4
1964-65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 1 6 7 0
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 11 4 10 14 6 10 5 12 17 10
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 1 4 5 6
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 42 15 22 37 2 3 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 70 34 36 70 29 9 2 6 8 6
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 62 12 17 29 2 -6
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 19 0 4 4 2 -1
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 7 13 20 8 -18
1969-70 Canada Nat-Tm
NHL Totals 769 126 219 345 205 62 8 10 18 30


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1958, 1962, 1963, 1964) Traded to Detroit by Toronto with Andy Bathgate and Gary Jarrett for Marcel Pronovost, Larry Jeffrey, Ed Joyal, Lowell MacDonald and Aut Erickson, May 20, 1965. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Pittsburgh by Oakland for Bob Dillabough, November 29, 1968.