Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ralph Keller
In a pro career that spanned nearly 20 years, defenceman Ralph Keller played only three games for the New York Rangers in 1962-63. He was a stalwart in the WHL where he spent parts of eight seasons and the AHL in which in tenure lasted over a decade.

Keller was first noticed while playing with the Prince Albert Mintos of the SJHL. He played his first WHL game with the Saskatoon Quakers in 1954-55 but his career in that circuit reached its zenith with the Vancouver Canucks several years later. He became a dominant force, often controlling the tempo of the game. Keller was placed on the WHL second all-star team in 1960 and the first all-star squad the next year.

In 1962-63 Keller scored a goal during his three games with the Rangers before heading to the AHL. He began with the Baltimore Clippers but settled down with the Hershey Bears. Keller became a popular figure in Hershey with his robust play and occasional offence. He was a key member of the team's Calder Cup triumph in 1969 and was on hand for one last championship in his final season in 1973-74. Along the way he exceeded 100 minutes in penalties seven times, hit double figures in goals scored on four occasions, and was named to the AHL's first all-star team in 1971. On February 21, 1971, Keller broke Hy Buller's AHL record for defenceman by scoring his 81st career goal in the league.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 48 7 21 28 83 15 1 1 2 34
1954-55 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 48 12 16 28 93 10 3 3 6 14
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 1 0 1 1 0
1955-56 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 50 20 35 55 56 12 6 7 13 12
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 4 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 2
1956-57 Vancouver Canucks WHL 68 6 15 21 75
1957-58 Saskatoon/St. Paul Saints WHL 34 5 10 15 51
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 31 1 7 8 22
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 64 6 17 23 70
1959-60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 12 19 31 102 11 2 4 6 16
1960-61 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 9 31 40 95 9 2 3 5 6
1961-62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 17 38 55 136
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 3 1 0 1 6
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 71 7 23 30 133 3 0 0 0 8
1963-64 Hershey Bears AHL 61 5 20 25 102 6 1 2 3 10
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 72 7 32 39 166 15 1 3 4 38
1965-66 Hershey Bears AHL 45 5 14 19 91
1966-67 Hershey Bears AHL 69 11 33 44 109 5 0 4 4 6
1967-68 Hershey Bears AHL 70 11 35 46 126 5 1 1 2 4
1968-69 Hershey Bears AHL 74 9 46 55 104 11 3 4 7 38
1969-70 Hershey Bears AHL 62 13 21 34 94 7 1 3 4 21
1970-71 Hershey Bears AHL 70 17 22 39 81 4 1 0 1 15
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 67 8 26 34 100 4 0 1 1 2
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 73 9 33 42 103 7 1 5 6 8
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 74 8 23 31 99 10 2 1 3 6
NHL Totals 3 1 0 1 6


WHL Second All-Star Team (1960)
WHL First All-Star Team (1961)
AHL First All-Star Team (1969)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1973)
Claimed by Montreal from NY Rangers (Baltimore-AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Montreal with the loan of Chuck Hamilton for Marc Reaume, June 11, 1963.