Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bryan Hextall
Bryan Hextall, Jr. first put blades to ice, not on a frozen Manitoba pond, but on the surface of Madison Square Gardens in New York. His father, Bryan Hextall, Sr., was near the end of his glorious career with the Rangers. It was not until his father had retired and coached the St. Bonface Canadiens to a Memorial Cup victory that young Bryan realized the magnitude of his father's hockey talent. From then on, the second generation of Hextalls were mobilized and aimed at the NHL.

Hextall played his junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he developed a blend of toughness and scoring ability, not unlike that of his father's. A season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers lead to a 21-game run with the New York Rangers in 1962. He found himself standing on the blueline, where his father had stood a generation before, looking across at Beliveau, Harvey, Plante and the Richards.

But Hextall was judged to be in over his head. So he was dispatched to the minors for a seven-year test to determine just how hungry he was to make it back to the NHL. Hextall had a big appetite.

In 1969, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Hextall and set him loose on the NHL for five seasons. He soon established himself as a fighter who could pot a respectable share of goals in between bouts.

In 1974, he was placed on waivers--a move that precipitated brief stints with Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota before he retired from the NHL in 1976.

Hextall stayed on with the North Stars as a scout for one season before returning home to Manitoba.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1958-59 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 30 19 23 42 15 3 1 1 2 0
1959-60 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 29 22 25 47 33 22 15 14 29 12
1960-61 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 31 22 35 57 54 9 7 7 14 10
1960-61 Winnipeg Rangers M-Cup 5 4 1 5 15
1960-61 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 5 2 2 4 0
1961-62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 56 22 23 45 48 7 1 0 1 0
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 21 0 2 2 10
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 50 8 14 22 26
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 54 10 12 22 39
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 71 13 30 43 46 5 0 2 2 6
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 41 8 20 28 37 7 3 1 4 23
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 61 14 42 56 60 8 3 5 8 11
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 72 24 47 71 134 11 4 10 14 13
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 22 56 78 104 8 4 7 11 22
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 12 19 31 87 -22 10 0 1 1 34
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 16 32 48 133 -23
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 20 24 44 126 -26 4 0 2 2 9
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 21 33 54 113 -23
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 37 2 7 9 39 -13
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 40 2 4 6 55 0 4 0 1 1 16
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 74 18 16 34 62 -13
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 0 4 4 29 -4
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 58 8 20 28 84 -16
1976-77
1977-78 Brandon Olympics CSHL 30 7 34 41 45
NHL Totals 549 99 161 260 738 18 0 4 4 59


Son of Bryan
Brother of Dennis
Father of Ron
Loaned to Winnipeg (MJHL) and Edmonton (CAHL) by Brandon (MJHL) for Memorial Cup playoffs, March, 1961. Claimed by California (Oakland) from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Toronto (Rochester-AHL) by Oakland with J.P. Parise for Gerry Ehman, October 12, 1967. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968. Traded to Pittsburgh by Vancouver (WHL) for Paul Andrea, John Arbour and the loan of Andy Bathgate for the 1969-70 season, May 20, 1969. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Pittsburgh, January 6, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Atlanta for Dave Kryskow, June 5, 1975. Traded to Minnesota by Detroit for Rick Chinnick, November 21, 1975.