Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wally Hergesheimer
The odds against Wally Hergesheimer's success in hockey were as firmly stacked in place as sandbags against a flood. At the start of his pro career with the Minneapolis Millers in 1947, he stood 5' 8" and weighed only 145 pounds. He was also humourously known as "Fingers" because he'd lost his index and middle fingers up to the knuckles of his right hand in a punch-press accident.

"When I made it to the NHL," he recounted, "it was something I never really expected. It was little Wally this and little Wally that?but I just kept going and?everything seemed to fall into place."

By 1951, Hergesheimer was voted the AHL's most outstanding rookie on the strength of his 96 points in 82 games with the Cleveland Barons. The New Rangers brought him on board the following season. He quickly established a reputation for angling his way into the goal crease to cash rebounds into goals. His success earned him the nickname "Garbage Collector."

In 1956, Hergesheimer was traded to the Blackhawks where he played one year before heading to Buffalo of the AHL for a season. 1958 brought one final crack at the NHL that lasted only 22 games. He then played three seasons respectively with Buffalo of the AHL plus Calgary and Los Angeles of the WHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Winnipeg Rangers MJHL 2 2 1 3 2
1944-45 Winnipeg Rangers MJHL 10 20 10 30 2 4 1 1 2 0
1944-45 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 10 9 5 14 2
1945-46 Brandon Elks MJHL 10 15 11 26 4 7 3 1 4 0
1946-47 Brandon Elks MJHL 16 25 14 39 8 7 4 3 7 4
1946-47 Brandon Elks M-Cup 12 18 6 24 4
1947-48 Minneapolis Millers USHL 37 8 14 22 4 4 0 0 0 0
1948-49 San Francisco Shamrocks PCHL 70 34 39 73 22
1949-50 Minneapolis Millers USHL 69 43 37 80 22 7 5 5 10 0
1950-51 Cleveland Barons AHL 71 42 41 83 8 11 11 2 13 0
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 68 26 12 38 6
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 70 30 29 59 10
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 66 27 16 43 42
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 14 4 2 6 4
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 70 22 18 40 26 5 1 0 1 0
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 41 2 8 10 12
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 26 21 47 18
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 22 3 0 3 6
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 45 23 23 46 21 11 2 1 3 6
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 25 29 54 13
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 40 26 66 17 5 3 0 3 0
1961-62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 66 21 44 65 6
NHL Totals 351 114 85 199 106 5 1 0 1 0


Brother of Phil
USHL First All-Star Team (1950)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1951)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1951) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1953, 1956)
Transferred to Denver (USHL) after Minneapolis (USHL) franchise relocated, August, 1950. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by NY Rangers (Denver-USHL) for Bill Richardson, Neil Strain, Bob Jackson and Joe McArthur, September 5, 1950. Traded to NY Rangers by Cleveland (AHL) with Hy Buller for Ed Reigle, Jackie Gordon, Fred Shero, Fern Perreault and cash, May 14, 1951.
Missed remainder of 1954-55 due to leg injury vs. Toronto, December 18, 1954. Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers for Red Sullivan, June 19, 1956. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Chicago with Frank Martin for Ken Wharram, May 5, 1958. NHL rights transferred to NY Rangers from Buffalo after NHL club purchased AHL franchise, June, 1958. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from NY Rangers, December 10, 1958. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Montreal, December 17, 1958.