Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Harris
Although no relation to 'the other' Billy Harris (NHL veteran between 1955-69), the parallels are striking. Both were born William Edward Harris in Toronto, Ontario, and made their marks early as members of the Toronto Marlboros. But THIS Billy Harris was born January 29, 1952. Bill joined the Toronto Marlboros in 1968-69, and drew attention immediately. In his third season of junior, Harris was named to the Second All-Star Team and led all rightwingers in points with 82. But it was in 1971-72, when placed on a line with Dave Gardner and Steve Shutt, that Billy exploded offensively. The line is regarded as one of the finest in OHA history, with Billy scoring 57 goals, 72 assists and a league-best 129 points, tying linemate Dave Gardner for the scoring championship. Leftwinger Shutt collected 112 points. Harris was named to the OHA's First All-Star Team. That summer, all three linemates were chosen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. Shutt and Gardner went to the Montreal Canadiens, fourth and eighth respectively, while Bill Harris was the first overall election, chosen by the New York Islanders. In September 1972, Harris, along with Michel Larocque and John VanBoxmeer, joined Team Canada 72 in preparation for the Summit Series versus Russia, but the three juniors did not play in actual competition. Billy Harris was an immediate addition to the expansion Islanders lineup that fall and scored in his first NHL game, which was also the first game for the franchise. Prior to Mike Bossy's arrival, Harris played on a line with Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier that was nicknamed the Long Island Lightning Company. Through eight seasons on Long Island, Harris was consistently a 20-goal scorer, but just before the playoffs in 1980, he was traded with Dave Lewis to the Los Angeles Kings for Butch Goring. The Islanders won the first of four Stanley Cup championships -- without their longtime star. Billy settled into L.A. life, often joining the Triple Crown Line during periods of injuries in 1980-81. Again, Harris scored 20 goals. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with John Gibson for Ian Turnbull in November 1981, but missed much of the 1981-82 season with a separated shoulder. Billy was never quite the same. His production dipped drastically until he was sold back to the Kings in February 1984. At the end of the season, Billy Harris retired, and went into real estate and the restaurant business.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 41 9 18 27 14 6 2 2 4
1969-70 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 46 13 17 30 75 18 4 9 13 26
1970-71 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 34 48 82 61 13 8 9 17 14
1971-72 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 63 57 72 129 87 10 13 10 23 26
1972-73 New York Islanders NHL 78 28 22 50 35 -44
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 78 23 27 50 34 -11
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 37 62 34 +4 17 3 7 10 12
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 80 32 38 70 54 +22 13 5 2 7 10
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 80 24 43 67 44 +18 12 7 7 14 8
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 80 22 38 60 40 +27 7 0 0 0 4
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 80 15 39 54 18 +26 10 2 1 3 10
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 67 15 15 30 37 0
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 4 3 7 6 +4 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 20 29 49 36 -1 4 2 1 3 0
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 1 3 4 6 -9
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 2 0 2 4 -16
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 11 19 30 26 -15 4 0 1 1 2
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 7 10 17 14 -20
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 2 4 6 6 -3
NHL Totals 897 231 327 558 394 71 19 19 38 48


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1971)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders with Dave Lewis for Butch Goring, March 10, 1980. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with John Gibson for Ian Turnbull, November 11, 1981. Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto for cash, February 15, 1984.