Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Moxey
Jim Moxey was selected in the fifth round, 66th overall by the California Golden Seals in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after three years with the Hamilton Red Wings in OHA major Junior A. In his rookie year with the Red Wings Moxey saw limited ice time and was relegated primarily to defensive duties. In year two he was afforded far more responsibilities in the offensive zone and responded with 55 points in 62 games. In 1972-73 Moxey had established himself as one of the team leaders, both on and off the ice. He scored 40 goals and 40 assists in 59 games to lead the team in scoring.

Moxey had a strong training camp with the Golden Seals in the fall of 1973 and had high hopes for making the team, but the coaching staff delegated him to the minors in Salt Lake. It was a huge disappointment for Moxey, who felt he had a good shot at making the struggling team. He soon regained his confidence in the minors where he had 26 goals and 49 points. In his second year as a pro Moxey was called up to the Golden Seals for 44 games as the team tried every combination imaginable in an attempt to improve its on-ice product. Moxey scored ten goals during the year. He soon became known as one of the team's more reliable penalty killers and was often lauded by coach Jack Evans for his excellent stickhandling and bodychecking abilities. The only knock on his game from the coach was that Moxey tended to sometimes play a "lazy game" and also demanded he drop ten pounds off his husky frame, which Evans believed was a direct contributor to his occasional listlessness on the ice. Moxey took his coach's advice and was rewarded with lots of additional ice time.

In 1976-77 the Golden Seals transferred to Cleveland and were renamed the Barons. However, the new name and city did little for their on-ice success. The team remained one of the worst in the NHL. In January, 1977 Moxey felt he was being released from purgatory when he was mercifully traded to the Los Angeles Kings with goalie Gary Simmons for centre Juha Widing and goalie Gary Edwards. However, the move did not result in an improved status for Moxey, who played just one game in a Kings' uniform. He played the 1977-78 season in Springfield of the AHL and then promptly retiring, realizing his chances of returning to the NHL on a full-time basis were virtually gone.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 43 10 5 15 46
1971-72 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 62 20 35 55 71
1972-73 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 59 40 40 80 85
1973-74 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 76 26 23 49 83 5 0 0 0 0
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 47 5 4 9 4 -4
1974-75 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 11 3 11 14 7
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 44 10 16 26 33 -10
1975-76 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 30 11 17 28 31
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 35 7 7 14 20 -15
1976-77 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 4 6 3 9 4
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 29 9 9 18 27 6 1 1 2 2
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 71 22 34 56 24 4 0 0 0 5
NHL Totals 127 22 27 49 59


Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Traded to Los Angeles by Cleveland with Gary Simmons for Juha Widing and Gary Edwards, January 22, 1977.
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