Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Earl Heiskala
Left-winger Earl Heiskela was a semi-regular on the Philadelphia Flyers for three seasons in the 60s and 70s. He was a decent goal scorer who also toiled in the WHA and three different minor leagues.

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Heiskela was a solid performer in junior for the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings. In 1964-65 he scored 25 goals for the EHL's Knoxville Knights during his first full pro seasons. This was followed by three years with the Seattle Totems of the WHL before he made his NHL debut for Philly in 1968-69. In 1969-70, Heiskela received his heaviest NHL workload by playing 65 games mostly on a line with Garry Peters and Dick Cherry.

After splitting the 1970-71 season between the Flyers and the WHL's San Diego Gulls, Heiskela played a year in the minors before joining the LA Sharks of the newly founded WHA in 1972-73. He played 1 1/2 years for the club and a handful of contests for the Greensboro Generals of the Southern League before retiring in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 11 1 0 1 6
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 50 10 20 30 71 10 1 4 5 10
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings M-Cup 14 4 3 7 23
1962-63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 39 12 18 30 81
1963-64 Oakville Oaks OHA-Sr. 1 0 1 1 2
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 2 0 0 0 6
1964-65 Knoxville Knights EHL 70 25 39 64 156 10 1 4 5 23
1965-66 Seattle Totems WHL 64 8 10 18 107
1966-67 Seattle Totems WHL 65 18 22 40 147 10 1 2 3 29
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 71 26 18 44 157 9 2 2 4 8
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 3 3 6 51 -4
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 7 1 6 7 8
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 34 14 9 23 69 4 1 0 1 6
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 8 7 15 171 -15
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 2 1 3 72 -9
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 21 6 5 11 34 5 1 0 1 4
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 15 22 37 169 4 1 1 2 20
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 70 12 17 29 148 5 1 1 2 4
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 24 2 6 8 45
1973-74 Greensboro Generals SHL 4 2 3 5 4
NHL Totals 127 13 11 24 294


Traded to Philadelphia by Seattle (WHL) for the loan of Bob Courcy and Ray Larose and future considerations (the trade of Art Stratton and John Hanna, June, 1968), May 19, 1968. Loaned to Seattle (WHL) by Philadelphia for cash, December 23, 1968. Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to New York-Jersey (WHA) by LA Sharks (WHA) with Russ Gillow for Jim McLeod, January, 1974.