Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Orland Kurtenbach
Centre Orland Kurtenbach was a solid two-way centre who played for four different NHL teams in a career that spanned a decade and a half. He was best known for his toughness and leadership and for the fact that he was among the best fighters in the NHL.

Born in Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Kurtenbach starred with the Prince Albert Mintos of the SJHL before turning pro with the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL in 1957-58. That year he scored 54 points in 52 games and was named the Coast Division rookie-of-the-year. He spent most of his first seven pro seasons in the minors save for a brief appearance with the New York Rangers in 1960-61 and the Boston Bruins the following season.

Between 1963 and 1965 Kurtenbach saw full time duty with the Bruins playing with Dean Prentice and Andy Hebenton. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1965-66 season and impressed in the pre-season by tying Bob Pulford as the club's top point getter. Kurtenbach played one year in Hogtown before spending four years with his original team, the Rangers.

When the Vancouver Canucks were stocking their first ever roster at the 1970 expansion draft, they jumped at the chance to pick Kurtenbach and name him team captain. He thrived in his prominent role with consecutive 20-goal seasons before injuries began to reduce his playing time. He retired in 1974 to coach the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 47 29 40 69 48 15 11 10 21 14
1954-55 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 48 30 41 71 57 10 8 7 15 0
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 43 41 38 79 66 12 5 12 17 13
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 3 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 5 1 3 4 2
1956-57 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 50 48 54 102 115 13 5 11 16 13
1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 5 1 3 4 2
1957-58 Vancouver Canucks WHL 52 15 39 54 58 8 3 3 6 8
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 9 14 23 73 7 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 14 0 6 6 17
1959-60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 42 11 27 38 51 11 1 5 6 11
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 10 0 6 6 2
1960-61 Vancouver Canucks WHL 55 20 27 47 31
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 0 0 6
1961-62 Providence Reds AHL 64 31 33 64 51 3 1 1 2 5
1962-63 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 30 57 87 94 17 4 13 17 51
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 25 37 91
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 64 6 20 26 86
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 6 15 54 4 0 0 0 20
1966-67 New York Rangers NHL 60 11 25 36 58 3 0 2 2 0
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 73 15 20 35 82 +5 6 1 0 1 26
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1968-69 Omaha Knights CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1969-70 New York Rangers NHL 53 4 10 14 47 +4 6 1 2 3 24
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 6 1 5 6 2
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 21 32 53 84 -1
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 24 37 61 48 -2
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 9 19 28 38 -14
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 8 13 21 30 -30
1974-75 Seattle Totems WHL
NHL Totals 639 119 213 332 628 19 2 4 6 70


Rookie of the Year Award - WHL Coast Division (1958) Claimed by Boston from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961. Traded to San Francisco (WHL) by Boston with Ed Panagabko and future considerations (Gerry Ouellette, July 7, 1963) for Larry McNabb and cash, July 26, 1962. Traded to Boston by San Francisco (WHL) for cash, October, 1963. Traded to Toronto by Boston with Pat Stapleton and Andy Hebenton for Ron Stewart, June 8, 1965. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Intra-league Draft, June 15, 1966. Claimed by Vancouver from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970.
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