Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison's first Memorial Cup appearance, while playing for the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL, served to foreshadow what he would be known best for at different times during his career. In the 1966 tournament, he led all players in both goals and penalty minutes. During his professional career, he went from being the kind of tough, physical player who earned nicknames like "the Body Wrecker" and who accrued triple digit penalty minutes, to being a leading goal scorer.

In junior, Harrison consistently hit double digits in goals and assists, and triple digits in penalty minutes. During the 1967-68 season in the WCJHL, he was named to the league's First All-Star team as he earned 75 points and 222 penalty minutes in 46 games, and followed that up with a playoffs in which he led the league in goals and assists for a total of 35 points in 14 games. That year's Memorial Cup saw him once again lead all players with 19 goals and 34 points in 14 games.

In 1968-69, he played in his first NHL games, donning a Boston Bruins' sweater 16 times and honing his professional skills with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL. Harrison was playing full time in the NHL the following season, appearing 23 times for Boston before being traded to Toronto for Wayne Carlton in December 1969. During the two and a half years that followed, Harrison found himself assigned the role of tough guy, expected to rack up more hits than goals. He did his job well, though he never really felt that that was his game.

In 1972-73, Harrison moved back to the West, playing for the WHA Alberta Oilers. His goal scoring increased as he began to play a game he felt was more his style. In 1974, he left Edmonton for a two-season stint with the Cleveland Crusaders of the WHA. He returned to the NHL in 1976-77 when he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks. He was plagued by back problems during much of his three-year tenure in Chicago, and eventually finished his career back in Edmonton, with three games for what was now an NHL team, the Oilers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL 25 8 11 19
1964-65 Estevan Bruins SJHL 25 2 5 7 40
1965-66 Estevan Bruins SJHL 60 39 37 76 119 11 8 1 9 21
1965-66 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 13 10 5 15 52
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 6 2 3 5 11
1966-67 Estevan Bruins CMJHL 47 34 40 74 179 8 2 4 6 38
1967-68 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 46 32 43 75 222 14 13 22 35 29
1967-68 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 14 19 15 34 42
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 16 1 2 3 21 -5
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 43 13 13 26 130 9 3 2 5 6
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 23 3 1 4 16 +6
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 7 10 17 36 +2
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 13 20 33 108 +6 6 0 1 1 33
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 19 17 36 104 -4 5 1 0 1 10
1972-73 Alberta Oilers WHA 66 39 47 86 93
1973-74 Edmonton Oilers WHA 47 24 45 69 99
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 3 0 1 1 9
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 60 20 22 42 106 5 1 2 3 4
1975-76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 59 34 38 72 62 3 0 1 1 9
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 18 23 41 97 -26 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 26 2 8 10 31 -3
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 21 4 5 9 22 -6
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
NHL Totals 324 67 86 153 435 13 1 1 2 43


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1968)
WCJHL Player of the Year (1968)
Traded to Toronto by Boston for Wayne Carleton, December 10, 1969. Selected by Calgary-Cleveland (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Alberta (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for cash, May, 1972. Traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for Ron Buchanan, October 14, 1974. Rights traded to Chicago by Toronto for Chicago's 2nd round pick (Bob Gladney) in 1977 Amateur Draft, September 28, 1976. Traded to Edmonton by Chicago for future considerations, September 24, 1979.
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