Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Greg Joly
Defenceman Greg Joly was supposed to be the foundation of the Washington Capitals in the first few seasons. He ended up being a solid blueliner who played 365 career games. Joly might have turned out better had he been allowed to develop in the minors instead of being thrown to wolves on one of the weakest teams in NHL history.

The native of Calgary, Alberta enjoyed a stellar junior career with the Regina Pats from 1971 to 1974. He registered 204 career points and was selected to the WCJHL first all-star team in 1973 and 1974. In 1974 he led the Pats to the Memorial Cup championship and was named the tournament's MVP. That summer his life changed when the expansion Washington Capitals chose him first overall at the 1974 Amateur Draft.

The young blueliner hurt his hamstring in training camp and experienced a slow start to the season. In early December he was starting to play well when he was hit with a serious knee injury. Joly fought gamely for two years but was beginning to collapse under the weight of unrealistic expectations. His confidence was hurt by coach Tom McVie's rigid system that did not allow him to rush with the puck. When he was finally let loose, the Capitals lacked a solid partner for Joly who could cover up for him when he rushed forward.

In November 1976 he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for veteran enforcer Bryan Watson. Joly became an effective role player in Motown and remained there until 1983. He was utilized on the power play as well the penalty killing unit but was never dominant. He was eventually surpassed on the Wings' depth chart and sent to the minors. After four years with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings Joly retired in 1986.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Regina Pats WCJHL 67 6 38 44 41 15 0 3 3 10
1972-73 Regina Pats WCJHL 67 14 54 68 94 4 0 3 3 4
1973-74 Regina Pats WCJHL 67 21 71 92 103 16 7 13 20 8
1973-74 Regina Pats M-Cup 3 2 3 5 4
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 44 1 7 8 44 -68
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 54 8 17 25 28 -46
1975-76 Richmond Robins AHL 3 3 2 5 4
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 22 0 8 8 16
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 1 11 12 14 -22
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 7 20 27 73 -4 5 0 0 0 8
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 0 4 4 6 -8
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 3 10 13 45 -2
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 8 3 3 6 10
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 0 2 2 10 -8
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 62 3 34 37 158 17 4 12 16 38
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 1 5 6 30 -5
1981-82 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 36 3 22 25 59
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 71 8 40 48 118 6 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 78 10 33 43 133 7 0 1 1 19
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 76 9 40 49 111
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 65 0 22 22 68 16 0 4 4 38
NHL Totals 365 21 76 97 250 5 0 0 0 8


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1973, 1974)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) (1974)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
AHL First All-Star Team (1985)
Traded to Detroit by Washington for Bryan Watson, November 30, 1976.