Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Lynch
Although born in Toronto, Jack Lynch played all of his youth hockey in Barrie, Ontario. After success as a midget, however, he was spurned by the OHA during their midget draft.

During the following season, Lynch was finally claimed by the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. In his two seasons with the club, he put up solid offensive numbers, netting 18 goals each year.

In 1972, he was selected 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he was also drafted by the Miami Screamng Eagles of the WHA, Lynch had only one dream in mind: to play in the NHL.

In his first big league road game, Lynch recalled going into Boston where he went toe-to toe against Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr. He was in absolute awe as the Bruins exploited his inexperience to score four of the eight goals they pumped past the Penguins helpless goalie.

Lynch's stay in Pittsburgh was short. By early 1974, he was sporting a Red Wings sweater in a more positive environment. Teamed with his mentor, Gary Bergman, Lynch was able to settle down and gain confidence. But his Motor City opportunity only lasted about a year before he was traded to the lowest of lowly Washington Capitals.

At the time, the Caps were the worst team in NHL history. But Lynch endured as the club gradually scraped themselves up off of the basement over the next few campaigns. In 1977, however, Lynch suffered a serious knee injury from which he never fully recovered. After a short stay with the Hershey Bears of the AHL in 1979, he called it quits.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Oshawa Crushmen ON-Jr.B
1970-71 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 60 18 29 47 86
1971-72 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 59 18 38 56 55 12 2 3 5 54
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 1 18 19 40 -21
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 26 4 17 21 26 7 0 1 1 28
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 7 7 21 -15
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 20 3 10 13 24
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 3 9 12 27 -14
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 2 15 17 46 -15
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 20 1 5 6 16 -54
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 79 9 13 22 78 -52
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 75 5 25 30 90 -15
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 29 1 8 9 4 -13
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 30 2 6 8 14 +2
1978-79 Hershey Bears AHL 20 7 6 13 8
NHL Totals 382 24 106 130 336


Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh with Jim Rutherford for Ron Stackhouse, January 17, 1974. Traded to Washington by Detroit for Dave Kryskow, February 8, 1975.