Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dick Meissner
Dick Meissner learned to play hockey on the Canadian prairies of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He enjoyed a productive career with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL until he signed with Boston for $7,500 in 1959.

His entry into the NHL, with a team on the decline, made for a difficult but rewarding experience. Meissner was a typical foot soldier of his era who had to struggle every night to keep his job in a league with so few positions available. He played a journeyman's brand of rugged hockey, netting a few goals here and there before putting in time in the minors.

His most treasured moment came when, in his fourth NHL game, he bulged the twine for the first time against Rangers' goalie Gump Worsley in Madison Square Garden. But, through so much tough hockey, Meissner's knees took a beating to the tune of five operations. The clincher came when, with the Rangers in 1964, he broke his wrist just one game shy of qualifying for his league pension. His eligible time on the disabled list was overlooked.

After his wrist recovered, Meissner left the NHL to embark on a nine-year minor pro career that took him across the continent from Rhode Island to Oregon. He finally hung up his blades with the Portland Buckaroos in 1974-75.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Humboldt Indians SJHL 51 9 13 22 8 4 0 1 1 0
1957-58 Estevan Bruins SJHL 51 49 24 73 9 6 2 5 7 0
1958-59 Estevan Bruins SJHL 46 46 43 89 37 14 18 14 32 9
1958-59 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 6 2 2 4 2
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 60 5 6 11 22
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 9 0 1 1 2
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 58 26 22 48 19 5 1 2 3 0
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 66 3 3 6 13
1962-63 Hershey Bears AHL 70 28 26 54 18 15 8 6 14 10
1963-64 New York Rangers NHL 35 3 5 8 0
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 12 5 5 10 4
1964-65 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 69 35 42 77 21 5 3 1 4 0
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 62 27 12 39 23 5 2 1 3 0
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 72 39 42 81 6
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 6 1 1 2 2
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 61 29 25 54 9
1968-69 Providence Reds AHL 73 16 22 38 37 9 5 8 13 9
1969-70 Providence Reds AHL 63 19 23 42 20
1970-71 Providence Reds AHL 5 0 2 2 2
1971-72 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 14 4 4 8 11
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 9 2 3 5 0
1972-73
1973-74
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 19 3 8 11 19
NHL Totals 171 11 15 26 37


Brother of Barrie
SJHL Second All-Star Team (1959)
WHL First All-Star Team (1967)
Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with Don McKenney for Dean Prentice, February 4, 1963.
Terms of transaction stipulated that Meissner would report to the NY Rangers following the 1962-63 season. Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers with Dave Richardson, Tracy Pratt and Mel Pearson for John McKenzie and Ray Cullen, June 4, 1965. Selected by Providence (AHL) from Chicago in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Providence (AHL) with Adam Keller for Jim Patterson, August, 1971.
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