Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ross Lonsberry
Ross Lonsberry had an outstanding junior career with the Estavan Bruins of the SJHL from 1962 to1966. In his final season, he led the league in scoring with 144 points in only 60 games. But once he left the amateur ranks, his all-star sniper days came to an abrupt end.

As a professional, Lonsberry would adopt a more low-profile style of play where he poured all of his energies into playing a two-way style game, moving up and down his wing. His first stab at the pro ranks was mostly of a minor-league nature. He picked up a handful of games with the Boston Bruins over a three year span but spent most of his time sharpening his game in the AHL and the CHL.

In 1969, the well-stocked Bruins traded the winger to the L.A. Kings where a large vista of ice time opened before his eyes. Lonsberry would never look back to the minors again. With the Kings, he became a solid, 20-goal plus man. But in spite of his offensive success, he found the team's system of play to be disorganized.

Help came in the form of a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972. Under coach Fred Shero and his well-organized, simple system, Lonsberry's style of play fit like a glove. He brought his strong playmaking skills to a line with Rick MacLeish and Gary Dornhoefer. He also developed excellent checking skills and efficient ability to work the corners. During the club's Stanley Cup success in 1974 and 1975, he was considered to have been the great, unsung hero of their championship days. It has been said that although Bobby Clarke led the team, Lonsberry typified it.

He lasted with the Flyers until 1978. At that time he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he put in three more solid campaigns. In 1981, however, his contract was not renewed. With no other offers in the wings, he called it quits.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Humboldt Indians SIHI
1962-63 Estevan Bruins SJHL 1 0 1 1 0
1963-64 Estevan Bruins SJHL 61 18 26 44 55 11 6 9 15 23
1963-64 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 5 1 1 2 8
1964-65 Estevan Bruins SJHL 56 40 56 96 130 6 3 5 8 18
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 2 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 4
1964-65 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 19 20 10 30 23
1965-66 Estevan Bruins SJHL 60 67 77 144 109 12 13 6 19 26
1965-66 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 13 10 9 19 17
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 6 2 1 3 6
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 2
1966-67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 1 1 2 4
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 46 12 10 22 83 11 3 2 5 31
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 19 2 2 4 12 +2
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 41 16 18 34 116 7 3 3 6 22
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 2 0
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 65 28 39 67 169 12 4 8 12 21
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 20 22 42 118 -18
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 25 28 53 80 -35
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 50 9 14 23 39 -18
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 7 7 14 22 -9
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 21 29 50 59 +6 11 4 3 7 9
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 32 19 51 48 +16 17 4 9 13 18
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 24 25 49 99 +28 17 4 3 7 10
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 19 28 47 87 +29 16 4 3 7 2
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 23 32 55 43 +42 10 1 2 3 29
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 30 48 45 +41 12 2 2 4 6
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 24 22 46 38 +7 7 0 2 2 9
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 15 18 33 36 -4 5 2 1 3 2
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 17 33 50 76 -3 5 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 968 256 310 566 806 100 21 25 46 87


SJHL Second All-Star Team (1965)
SJHL First All-Star Team (1966)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1969) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1972)
Traded to Los Angeles by Boston with Eddie Shack for Ken Turlik and Los Angeles' 1st round choice in the 1971 (Ron Jones) and 1973 (Andre Savard) Amateur Drafts, May 14, 1969. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles with Bill Flett, Eddie Joyal and Jean Potvin for Bill Lesuk, Jim Johnson and Serge Bernier, January 28, 1972. Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Tom Bladon and Orest Kindrachuk for Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Behn Wilson) in 1978 Amateur Draft, June 14, 1978.