Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Noris
Joe Noris played 55 NHL games with three different teams in the early 1970s. He was a natural centre but was also utilized on defence periodically.

The native of Denver, Colorado played in the city's amateur system and worked as a stick boy at Denver University. Seeking a higher calibre of competition, Noris accepted an offer from the OHA's Kitchener Rangers to attend training camp if he paid his own way. The youngster made the team and played two years there then spent a season with the Toronto Marlboros. After scoring 12 goals as a forward and defenceman for the Marlies in 1970-71, Noris was chosen 32nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Amateur Draft. He split the 1971-72 season between the Pens and the AHL's Hershey Bears and was eventually traded to St. Louis the following year.

Noris only played two games for the Blues and was shifted between the AHL and two different WHL clubs. One of those outfits was the Denver Spurs and, when Noris joined them, he became the first American in WHL history to play for his hometown club. He was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the Intra-League Draft in June, 1973 and played 18 games for his new club while spending the remainder of his time with the Cincinnati Swords.

After a 62-point season for the Syracuse Eagles of the AHL in 1974-75, Noris joined the San Diego Mariners of the WHA. He scored 28 goals in 1975-76 and was selected to play for Team USA at the inaugural Canada Cup. Noris scored 35 goals for the Mariners in 1976-77 then signed as a free agent with the Birmingham Bulls after the San Diego franchise folded. His production dropped to 28 points in Birmingham but in 1978-79 he exploded for 104 points to lead the Pacific League. Noris retired in 1979 after playing six games for the Atse Graz club of Austria.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 18 5 9 14 21
1969-70 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 48 27 19 46 45 6 8 6 14 4
1970-71 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 42 12 24 36 22 13 0 7 7 10
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 2 5 7 20 -8
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 42 8 15 23 37 4 1 1 2 8
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 8 2 5 7 9
1972-73 San Diego Gulls WHL 25 3 13 16 14
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1972-73 Denver Spurs WHL 35 10 18 28 14 5 1 2 3 7
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 0 0 0 2 -4
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 28 5 13 18 20 5 3 3 6 0
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 73 26 36 62 41 1 1 1 2 0
1975-76 San Diego Mariners WHA 80 28 40 68 24 11 2 4 6 6
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 4 0 1 1 6
1976-77 San Diego Mariners WHA 73 35 57 92 30 7 2 1 3 6
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 45 9 19 28 6
1978-79 San Diego Hawks PHL 58 27 77 104 8
1979-80 ATSE Graz Austria 6 2 2 4 2
1980-1992
1992-93 San Diego Surf SoCalSr.
NHL Totals 55 2 5 7 22


PHL First All-Star Team (1979)
PHL MVP (1979) Selected by Ontario-Ottawa (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by Pittsburgh for Jim Shires, January 8, 1973. Claimed by Buffalo from St. Louis in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1973. WHA rights claimed on waivers by Calgary (WHA) from Toronto (WHA), June, 1975. WHA rights traded to San Diego (WHA) by Calgary (WHA) for Richard Sentes, August, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after San Diego (WHA) franchise folded, June, 1977.
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