Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gerry Meehan
Centre Gerry Meehan was a fine scorer and playmaker who could also check effectively. He played nearly 700 games for six clubs and turned to the administrative side of hockey the after his playing days.

The Toronto native excelled with the junior Marlboros and helped the club win the Memorial Cup in 1967. After scoring 31 goals for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers in 1967-68, he played 25 games for the Leafs the next year. In March 1969, he was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers as part of package used to acquire veteran Forbes Kennedy.

Meehan didn't fit into the Flyers' plans and was sent to the WHL's Seattle Totems for the entire 1969-70 season. He finally received a chance to prove himself after the Buffalo Sabres picked him in the 1970 Expansion Draft. Meehan scored 94 goals in four seasons with the club and was captain for three years. He earned a measure of revenge against Philly on the last night of the 1971-72 season when he scored late in the third period on an 80-foot shot to pin a defeat on his former team that eliminated them from playoff contention.

Meehan began the 1974-75 season in Buffalo but eventually moved to the Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. In January 1976, the Flames traded him to the Washington Capitals. The veteran pivot was an offensive star and team leader for his new club. In 1976-77, he recorded a career high 64 points while playing with Bill Riley and Bob Sirois. By the end of the decade, he began to slow down and retired in 1979. Along the way he earned the distinction of being the first player to score 100 points in a Caps uniform. During the 1986-87 season, he replaced Scotty Bowman as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, a position he held until the end of the 1992-93 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons MTJHL 7 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons M-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 12 2 3 5 0
1964-65 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 56 14 30 44 24 19 7 4 11 12
1965-66 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 47 25 26 51 47 14 6 10 16 9
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 26 42 68 27 17 8 8 16 8
1966-67 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 9 6 8 14 2
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 70 31 41 72 17 11 3 8 11 0
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 25 0 2 2 2 -1
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 17 6 6 12 2
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 0 3 3 4 -1 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 67 23 30 53 23 4 0 1 1 0
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 24 31 55 8 -12
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 27 46 12 -28
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 31 29 60 21 +4 6 0 1 1 0
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 20 26 46 17 -7
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 1 1 2 -3
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 10 15 25 4 -7
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 14 4 10 14 0 +2
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 48 7 20 27 8 -1
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 32 16 15 31 10 -7
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 80 28 36 64 13 -11
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 78 19 24 43 10 -41
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 18 2 4 6 0 -3
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 670 180 243 423 111 10 0 1 1 0


Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto with Mike Byers and Bill Sutherland for Brit Selby and Forbes Kennedy, March 2, 1969. Claimed by Buffalo from Philadelphia in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Buffalo with Mike Robitaille for Jocelyn Guevremont and Bryan McSheffrey, October 14, 1974. Traded to Atlanta by Vancouver for Bob J. Murray, March 9, 1975. Traded to Washington by Atlanta with Jean Lemieux and Buffalo's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Washington selected Greg Carroll) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Bill Clement, January 22, 1976. Signed as a free agent Cincinnati (WHA) following release by Washington, December 4, 1978.