Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Oddleifson
Centre Chris Oddleifson was a fine playmaker and checker in an NHL career that lasted more than 500 games. He was originally a hard-nosed forward in junior and the minors but learned to play with more discipline when he reached the big leagues.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Oddleifson spent most of his youth in Dauphin and Winnipeg. He enjoyed two excellent seasons in the WCJHL with the Winnipeg Jets. After leading the league with 64 assists in 1969-70, he was chosen 10th overall by the California Golden Seals at the Amateur Draft. He spent three years working on his game in the minors and, in the process, was traded to the Boston Bruins. He played six games with the Bruins in 1972-73 and 49 games with the club the following season.

During the early 1970s Boston had such talented centres as Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson, Fred Stanfield, Gregg Sheppard, and Andre Savard so Oddleifson was sent to the Vancouver Canucks for sharpshooter Bobby Schmautz. He played nearly eight years for the Canucks but the team either missed the playoffs or was eliminated in the first round. Oddleifson registered a career high 46 assists in 1975-76 while forming a solid line with Gerry O'Flaherty and Garry Monahan. By the 1980-81 season, the Canucks were leaning toward using Thomas Gradin, Per-Olav Brasar Ivan Boldirev, and Gerry Minor at centre. Oddliefson was dispatched to the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL where he averaged over a point per game before retiring in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 8 3 3 6 10
1967-68
1968-69 Winnipeg Jets WCJHL 46 14 30 44 118 7 0 2 2 0
1969-70 Winnipeg Jets WCJHL 59 31 64 95 243 14 8 19 27 90
1970-71 Providence Reds AHL 66 15 42 57 95 10 1 4 5 25
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 68 18 44 62 134 6 0 2 2 12
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -1
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 63 12 42 54 127 10 3 6 9 41
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 49 10 11 21 25 +16
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 21 3 5 8 19 0
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 16 35 51 54 +17 5 0 3 3 2
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 16 46 62 88 +17 2 1 2 3 0
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 14 26 40 81 -18
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 17 22 39 64 -18
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 11 26 37 51 -15 3 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 8 20 28 76 -9 4 0 0 0 4
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 0 0 6 -1
1980-81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 46 12 36 48 30 5 0 3 3 0
1981-1983 SC Langenthal Swiss-2
NHL Totals 524 95 191 286 464 14 1 6 7 8


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1970) Traded to Boston by California with Rich Leduc for Ivan Boldirev, November 17, 1971. Traded to Vancouver by Boston with Fred O'Donnell and the NHL rights to Mike Walton for Bobby Schmautz, February 7, 1974.
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