Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Niekamp
Defenceman Jim Niekamp played 29 games for the Detroit Red Wings in the early 70s. He played a rugged style that resulted in more than his share of penalty minutes but he was also capable of moving the puck up to his forwards with consistency.

The native of Detroit, Michigan, played junior in Quebec with the St. Jerome Alouettes then played a few games with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings in 1965-66. He was the property of his hometown Wings but spent four years in the minors before spending 24 games with the parent club in 1970-71. After only getting into five contests the next season, Niekamp left for the WHA. The hard-nosed blueliner played two seasons with the Los Angeles Sharks then four with the Phoenix Roadrunners before retiring in 1978.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 St-Jerome Alouettes MMJHL 33 10 31 41 8 1 5 6 38
1965-66 St-Jerome Alouettes MMJHL 32 10 15 25 135 5 1 1 2 22
1965-66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 11 1 6 7 55
1966-67 Toledo Blades IHL 66 6 24 30 163 8 0 1 1 12
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 49 6 9 15 76 7 0 2 2 24
1968-69 Fort Worth Wings CHL 63 13 21 34 113
1969-70 Cleveland Barons AHL 47 6 16 22 114
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 0 2 2 27 -14
1970-71 Baltimore Clippers AHL 46 9 29 38 93
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 0 0 10 -3
1971-72 Tidewater Red Wings AHL 65 6 11 17 216
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 7 22 29 155 6 2 1 3 10
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 76 2 19 21 95
1974-75 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 71 2 26 28 66 5 0 0 0 8
1975-76 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 79 4 14 18 77 5 1 0 1 0
1976-77 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 79 1 15 16 91
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners PHL 23 1 11 12 12
NHL Totals 29 0 2 2 37


QJHL First All-Star Team (1965) Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Detroit for Ralph Stewart, March 6, 1972. Transferred to Michigan (WHA) after LA Sharks (WHA) franchise relocated, April 11, 1974. Traded to Phoenix (WHA) by Michigan (WHA) for the rights to Danny Gruen, May, 1974.