Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Orest Kindrachuk
A solid playmaking centre who could play defence and kill penalties, Orest Kindrachuk played over 500 games for three different NHL teams. He topped the 30-assist mark five times in his career and was dangerous on the powerplay and while shorthanded.

Kindrachuk spent four years with WHL's Saskatoon Blades. Midway through his junior tenure he stepped away from hockey to attend the University of Saskatchewan. When he decided to resume his hockey career, Kindrachuk was able to return to the WHL as an overage player. He led league with 100 assists in 1970-71 then signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. He spent almost all of his first two pro seasons in the minors, first with San Diego Gulls of WHL then the Richmond Robins of AHL.

As a rookie in 1973-74 he scored 41 points as the third centre behind Bobby Clarke and Rick MacLeish. The youngster was solid in the playoffs and helped the Flyers become the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. In 1974-75 he missed 20 games due to an injury but was a solid checker in playoffs as Philly repeated as Stanley Cup champions.

By 1975-76, Kindrachuk assumed a more prominent role. In addition to checking and killing penalties, he provided offence and was used as a playmaker on the power play. He set career highs of 26 goals and 75 points then returned to more of a checking role in next two years. During this period he occupied one of the safest places in hockey as the pivot for tough wingers Don Saleski and Dave Schultz.

At the Amateur Draft in June 1978, Kindrachuk was traded to Pittsburgh with Ross Lonsberry and Tom Bladon for the first-round draft pick used to claim highly touted defenceman Behn Wilson. Kindrachuk scored 60 and 46 points the first two years with weaker Pens playing on a line with Lonsberry and Rick Kehoe. He played only 13 games in 1980-81 then signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals the following September. He was forced to retire four games into the 1981-82 schedule.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 58 24 37 61 44 7 1 3 4 20
1968-69 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 41 21 25 46 33 4 1 1 2 0
1969-70 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 4 3 4 7 5 5 2 4 6 25
1970-71 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 61 49 100 149 103 5 2 4 6 25
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 61 18 36 54 71 4 1 1 2 0
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Richmond Robins AHL 72 35 51 86 133 3 0 1 1 10
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 11 30 41 85 +19 17 5 4 9 17
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 10 21 31 72 +8 14 0 2 2 12
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 26 49 75 101 +32 16 4 7 11 4
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 15 36 51 79 +22 10 2 1 3 0
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 17 45 62 128 +35 12 5 5 10 13
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 18 42 60 84 +3 7 4 1 5 7
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 52 17 29 46 63 +4
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 3 9 12 34 +3
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 4 1 0 1 2 -4
NHL Totals 508 118 261 379 648 76 20 20 40 53


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1971) Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July, 1971. Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Tom Bladon and Ross Lonsberry for Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Behn Wilson) in 1978 Amateur Draft, June 14, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 4, 1981.