Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andy Hebenton
Before Doug Jarvis, Andy Hebenton was the Iron Man of the NHL. Including lengthy stints in the minors, he played 26 professional seasons from 1949-1975. When he finally cracked the New York Rangers lineup in 1955, he embarked on a remarkable string of 630 straight regular season games, racking up an impressive 189 goals and 202 assists.

Known as "Spud" because of his love for potatoes, Hebenton was a hard-working, clean player who averaged only nine penalty minutes per season. He won the Lady Byng trophy for gentlemanly play in 1957. He was also a five-time winner of the Fred J. Hume Cup as the most gentlemanly player of the WHL.

Hebenton's final NHL campaign took place with the Bruins in 1963-64. His rights were then traded to the Maple Leafs who dispatched him to the WHL where he played out his professional career with the Portland Buckeroos and the Victoria Cougars.

Hebenton had hopes of joining the WHA in 1975 although no invitations materialized. His son, Clay Hebenton, however, did play goal for the league with the Phoenix Roadrunners and the Houston Aeros. Hebenton retired from pro hockey in 1975.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 St. Boniface Canadiens MAHA 14 8 22 2
1947-48 Winnipeg Canadians MJHL 24 21 13 34 15 6 5 3 8 6
1948-49 Winnipeg Canadians MJHL 30 30 13 43 34 10 9 7 16 10
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 44 8 7 15 0
1949-50 Montreal Royals QSHL 5 0 2 2 0
1950-51 Victoria Cougars PCHL 56 16 16 32 12 12 6 3 9 2
1951-52 Victoria Cougars PCHL 67 31 25 56 81 13 6 6 12 5
1952-53 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 27 24 51 46
1953-54 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 21 24 45 29 5 3 1 4 0
1954-55 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 46 34 80 20 5 1 1 2 2
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 70 24 14 38 8 5 1 0 1 2
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 70 21 23 44 10 5 2 0 2 2
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 21 24 45 17 6 2 3 5 4
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 70 33 29 62 8
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 70 19 27 46 4
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 70 26 28 54 10
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 70 18 24 42 10 6 1 2 3 0
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 70 15 22 37 8
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 11 23 8
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 34 40 74 16 10 7 6 13 0
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 72 31 45 76 12 14 6 11 17 14
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 72 24 36 60 19
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 16 29 45 10 12 3 4 7 0
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 26 51 77 26 11 2 1 3 0
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 36 42 78 9 11 2 7 9 0
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 29 52 81 10 11 6 3 9 14
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 30 34 64 12 11 3 4 7 2
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 30 36 66 26
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 78 28 44 72 16 10 2 4 6 2
1974-75 Seattle Totems CHL 4 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 20 4 11 15 0
NHL Totals 630 189 202 391 83 22 6 5 11 8


MJHL Second All-Star Team (1949)
WHL First All-Star Team (1971, 1973)
WHL Second All-Star Team
(1955, 1965, 1970)
Lady Byng Trophy (1957)
Fred J. Hume Cup (Most Gentlemanly Player - WHL) (1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1960)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, April 30, 1947. Traded to NY Rangers by Victoria (WHL) for cash, April 28, 1955. Claimed by Boston from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Boston for cash, June 5, 1964. Traded to Toronto by Boston with Orland Kurtenbach and Pat Stapleton for Ron Stewart, June 8, 1965. Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Toronto (Victoria-WHL) for cash, September, 1967. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Phoenix (WHL) for Rick Charron, Brian S. Smith and Tom McVie, September, 1967. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in WHA General Draft, February 12, 1972.
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