Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Garry Monahan
As a junior player, Garry Monahan displayed an offensive prowess that never followed him to the NHL. But he enjoyed it while it lasted. In 1966-67, he finished fourth in OHA scoring behind Derek Sanderson, Mickey Redmond, and Jim Lorentz.

But well before his scoring burst, the former Peterborough Pete became a ripe commodity for trivia buffs when he was selected as the first-ever draft choice in the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens picked him up in the league's first talent-fest in 1963.

But making it with the Habs would be nigh impossible. Over his two seasons with the organization, he spent most of his time in the minors. When he wasn't down below, he was vying against newcomer Jacques Lemaire for the only position available at the time. Needless to say, Monahan moved on to the Detroit Red Wings for a brief stop before heading west for a tiny stint with the L.A. Kings in 1969-70.

During the summer that followed, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he finally got his NHL career on solid footing. He was immediately cast in a role as the club's designated checker on a line with Billy MacMillan and Dave Keon. Over the four seasons that followed, Monahan plugged away as a hard-working, defensive forward who was good for his 30-plus points per campaign.

In 1974, however, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he continued to perform his usual role with the same, solid results until 1978. At that time, he was sent to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL for a brief time before rejoining the Leafs. He played one final big-league campaign in Toronto before heading to Japan. There he managed to sustain his career for three additional seasons with Seibu, a corporate-sponsored team, until his retirement in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 55 12 16 28 28 12 1 2 3 11
1965-66 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 46 6 10 16 43 6 0 3 3 9
1966-67 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 47 30 54 84 79 6 2 2 4 20
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 3 1 0 1 0
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 0 0 0 8 -2
1967-68 Houston Apollos CPHL 56 17 31 48 86
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 18 26 44 81 5 2 0 2 10
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 3 4 7 24 -6
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 0 3 3 12 -6
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 15 22 37 79 +11 6 2 0 2 2
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 14 17 31 47 +2 5 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 13 18 31 53 -3
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 9 16 25 70 +4 4 0 1 1 7
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 14 20 34 51 -10 5 1 0 1 2
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 16 17 33 39 +1 2 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 18 26 44 48 -1
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 10 19 29 28 +2
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 7 3 2 5 0
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 4 7 11 25 +4
1979-80 Seibu-Tetsudo Tokyo Japan 20 13 17 30
1980-81 Seibu-Tetsudo Tokyo Japan 20 12 14 26
1981-82 Seibu-Tetsudo Tokyo Japan 20 17 19 36
NHL Totals 748 116 169 285 484 22 3 1 4 13


Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Doug Piper for Pete Mahovlich and Bart Crashley, June 6, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Matt Ravlich and Brian Gibbons for Dale Rolfe, Gary Croteau and Larry Johnston, February 20, 1970. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with Brian Murphy for Bob Pulford, September 3, 1970. Traded to Vancouver by Toronto with John Grisdale for Dave Dunn, October 16, 1974. Traded to Toronto by Vancouver for cash, September 13, 1978.