Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lou Jankowski
A versatile forward who could play centre or right wing, Lou Jankowski suited up for the Red Wings and Black Hawks in the early 1950s. He was an explosive goal scorer in junior and the minors but couldn't find the net on a consistent basis in the NHL.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Jankowski came east as a teenager and played three seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. During his last year of junior in 1950-51, he led the league with 61 goals and received a one-game trial with the Detroit Red Wings, recording an assist. He played 22 games for the Wings in 1952-53 but also suited up for the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL and the AHL's St. Louis Flyers.

Jankowski spent two seasons with the Black Hawks playing on a line with fellow role players such as Ike Hildebrand and George Gee. After the 1954-55 season he never returned to the NHL but enjoyed a solid minor pro career. His best work came in the WHL with the Calgary Stampeders, Denver Invaders and Victoria Cougars. During one six-season stretch between 1958-59 and 1963-64, Jankowski led the league in goals four times.

After scoring a league record 57 goals for Calgary in 1960-61, he was presented the Leader Cup as the WHL's most valuable player. In 1964 he won the Fred J. Hume Cup as that league's most gentlemanly player and was three-time selection to the league's first all-star team. He retired in 1969 after playing 46 games for the Amarillo Wranglers of the CHL. That last season he also served as an interim playing coach. Jankowski scored over 400 goals during his prolific career in the minors. In October 1969, he was hired to coach the Eastern League's Jersey Devils, a posting that lasted four months until he resigned due to stress.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Hamilton Aerovox ON-Jr.B 9 5 4 9 2
1948-49 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 34 7 5 12 27 2 0 0 0 0
1949-50 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 45 20 32 52 31
1950-51 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 49 61 54 115 14 5 6 4 10 2
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1951-52 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 51 18 18 36 13
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 10 3 1 4 0
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 37 14 19 33 4
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 15 13 28 7
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 36 3 2 5 8
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 8 8 16 2 10 0 7 7 0
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 62 14 20 34 8 4 1 2 3 0
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 64 13 24 37 17
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 59 21 25 46 0
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 54 45 47 92 13 4 1 1 2 0
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 42 42 84 9
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 57 42 99 7 5 3 2 5 2
1961-62 Calgary Stampeders WHL 64 44 40 84 13 7 2 4 6 0
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 67 24 26 50 4
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 69 41 44 85 10 6 5 2 7 2
1964-65 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 69 30 27 57 16 12 3 2 5 2
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 68 32 32 64 10 14 4 2 6 8
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 67 22 37 59 4
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 72 25 23 48 6 4 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Denver Spurs WHL 19 2 3 5 0
1968-69 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 46 14 11 25 2
NHL Totals 127 19 18 37 15 1 0 0 0 0


WHL Prairie Division First All-Star Team (1959)
WHL First All-Star Team (1960, 1961, 1964)
Leader Cup (MVP - WHL) (1961)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1962)
Fred J. Hume Cup (Most Gentlemanly Player - WHL) (1964)
Rights traded to Detroit by Cleveland (AHL) with the rights to Bill Dineen for Bob Bailey and John Bailey, June, 1951. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Larry Zeidel and Larry Wilson for cash, August 12, 1953. Signed as a free agent by Denver (WHL), September, 1963. Claimed by Toronto from Toronto (Denver-WHL) in Reverse Draft, June 8, 1964. Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Toronto (Victoria-WHL) for cash, September, 1967. Traded to Denver (WHL) by Phoenix (WHL) for cash, July, 1968.