Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Nachbaur
Don Nachbaur was a grinding centre who could be creative on offense. He played over 200 NHL Games in the 1980s for three different teams and was also successful in minors and in Europe.

The native of Kitimat, B.C. played junior B with the Merritt Luckies in 1976-77 before joining the Billings Bighorns of the WCJHL. After registering 96 points and 175 penalty minutes in 1978-79 he was selected 60th overall by the Hartford Whalers at the NHL Entry Draft.

Nachbaur played a solid defensive role for the AHL's Springfield Indians in 1979-80 before joining the Whalers the next year. He played 77 games in his first two NHL seasons for Hartford before he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in August 1982 where he was one of many useful forwards. Nachbaur played mostly with the AHL's Moncton Alpines.

After being claimed by the L.A. Kings in the waiver draft, Nachbaur played the 1983-84 with the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks. On October 4, 1984, the versatile forward signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. He spent five years suiting up for the AHL's Hershey Bears and filling in when the Flyers ran into injury problems. During one stretch in 1987, from January 11 to February 28, he was recalled five times by the parent club when a rash of nagging ailments occurred on the NHL roster.

In 1987 he played seven games when Philly extended the Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the Stanley Cup finals. The next spring he played two post-season matches for the Flyers when they were eliminated in the first round then joined Hershey's drive to the Calder Cup championship. Following the 1989-90 season, Nachbaur signed on with the EC Graz club of Austria. He scored 106 goals in four years overseas before retiring in 1994.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 54 22 27 49 31
1977-78 Billings Bighorns WCJHL 68 23 27 50 128 20 18 7 25 37
1978-79 Billings Bighorns WHL 69 44 52 96 175 8 2 3 5 10
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 70 12 17 29 119
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 16 17 33 139 -1
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 5 21 26 117 -21
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 0 0 17 -1 2 0 0 0 7
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 70 33 32 65 125
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 70 33 32 65 194
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 7 2 3 5 21
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 1 2 7 +3
1985-86 Hershey Bears AHL 74 23 24 47 301 18 5 4 9 70
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 0 2 2 87 +1 7 1 1 2 15
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 57 18 17 35 274 5 0 3 3 47
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 4 4 61 +2 2 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 42 19 21 40 174 8 4 3 7 47
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 1 0 1 37 -1
1988-89 Hershey Bears AHL 49 24 31 55 172 12 0 5 5 58
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
1989-90 Hershey Bears AHL 30 10 9 19 72
1990-91 ATSE Graz Austria 33 18 25 43 9
1991-92 ATSE Graz Austria 44 32 29 61 197
1992-93 EC Graz Austria 53 35 29 64
1993-94 EC Graz Austria 52 21 20 41
NHL Totals 223 23 46 69 465 11 1 1 2 24


Traded to Edmonton by Hartford with Ken Linseman for Risto Siltanen and the rights to Brent Loney, August 19, 1982. Claimed by Los Angeles from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 4, 1984.