Defenceman Joe Lundrigan played briefly with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals in the mid-70s. He was a decent passer who could play the body in his own zone in a career that took place mostly in university and the minors.
Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Lundrigan played three years at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. After signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs in October, 1971, he registered 37 points for the Tulsa Oilers and was voted on to the CHL second all-star team. An opening was created for Lundrigan when Toronto lost several players to the WHA in the off-season. He registered ten points and was a respectable +4 on the struggling Leafs when the missed the playoffs.
Lundrigan returned to the CHL in 1973-74 when rookies Borje Salming, Ian Turnbull and Bob Neely were added to the blueline. In June, 1972, the young rearguard was claimed by the Washington Capitals in the Expansion Draft. After playing three NHL games for the woeful Caps and the rest of his time in the AHL, Lundrigan retired in 1975.