Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cliff Koroll
Right-winger Cliff Koroll was an excellent two-way player who spent all eleven of his NHL seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks. He reached the 50-point mark four times even though he was required to spend much of his time checking and killing penalties.

The native of Canora, Saskatchewan enjoyed three productive years at the University of Denver. Following his third year, in 1968, he was placed on the WCHA second all-star team. Koroll adjusted well to the pros by scoring 62 points in 62 games for the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL. The next year he scored 37 points and checked well for a rookie but was over-shadowed by the exploits of teammate Tony Esposito in his first year.

Koroll became an integral part of a Chicago team that regularly posted the one of the best defensive records in the league. The clever centre often worked with Dennis Hull on his wing as well as part-time wingers Dick Redmond and Stan Mikita. In 1971 he scored 16 points in 18 playoff games as the Hawks narrowly lost the Stanley Cup final in seven games to the Montreal Canadiens. Two years later he scored a personal best 33 goals and helped Chicago reach the final once again.

By the late 1970s the Hawks were no longer an NHL power and began to rebuild. Young forwards Rich Preston and Terry Ruskowski were brought in and Korrol's ice time was reduced. After playing 47 games in 1979-80, he retired after playing over 800 regular season matches. The next year Koroll was hired as Chicago head coach Keith Magnuson's assistant. When the latter was fired in 1981-82, Koroll survived to prosper under the subsequent tenures of Bob Pulford and Orval Tessier and also put in a year as the bench boss of the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals. When Bob Murdoch was brought in to coach Chicago in 1987, Koroll moved up to the team's front office where he remained until Mike Keenan was hired in 1989.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 University of Denver WCHA 32 21 10 31 23
1966-67 University of Denver WCHA 25 18 19 37 34
1967-68 University of Denver WCHA 34 18 22 40 55
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 67 28 34 62 50 11 2 8 10 15
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 18 19 37 44 +15 8 1 4 5 9
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 16 34 50 85 +28 18 7 9 16 18
1971-72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 22 23 45 51 +20 8 0 0 0 11
1972-73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 77 33 24 57 38 +17 16 4 6 10 6
1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 21 25 46 32 +27 11 2 5 7 13
1974-75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 27 32 59 27 +20 8 3 5 8 8
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 25 33 58 29 +6 4 1 0 1 0
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 15 26 41 25 -25 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 16 15 31 19 +8 4 1 0 1 0
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 12 19 31 20 +3 4 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 3 4 7 6 -10 2 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 814 208 254 462 376 85 19 29 48 67


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1968) Rights traded to Chicago by LA Blades (WHL) for cash, August, 1967.
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