Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Orban
Bill Orban was a versatile forward who played centre and left-wing. He played three NHL seasons in the late 60s and was a fine goal scorer in the minors.

The native of Regina, Saskatchewan played with the Saskatoon Junior Quakers where he scored 44 goals in 53 games in 1963-64. He played three years in the minors and was named the top rookie in the WHL after scoring 31 points for the Los Angeles Blades in 1965-66.

Orban joined the Chicago Black Hawks in 1967-68. He was a solid checker for nearly two years playing on a line with Wayne Maki and Gerry Goyer. In February, 1969 he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars and was used more sparingly there until early in the 1969-70 season. Orban was a fine minor league player and made the CHL second all-star team after scoring 31 goals for the Iowa Stars in 1970.

In November 1972 his career was nearly ended when he was hit so severely in the leg that the resultant swelling caused the muscle to explode. The internal bleeding was controlled and Orban resumed his minor league career the next season. He retired in 1975 after playing one last season with the CHL's Dallas Black Hawks.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 49 22 20 42 126
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 3 2 2 4 0
1963-64 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 53 44 55 99 101 12 16 12 28 15
1964-65 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 54 25 36 61 70 10 7 7 14 33
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 72 11 20 31 55
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 72 14 12 26 33
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 3 2 5 17 -11 3 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 45 4 6 10 33 -3
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 21 1 5 6 10 -1
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 9 0 2 2 7 -2
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 65 31 44 75 78 10 4 2 6 27
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 27 6 9 15 34
1970-71 Springfield Kings AHL 8 0 5 5 11 12 10 6 16 16
1971-72 Springfield Kings AHL 42 13 18 31 55 5 0 0 0 9
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 18 8 3 11 18
1973-74 Tulsa Oilers CHL 62 16 20 36 38
1974-75 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 72 15 24 39 46 10 5 3 8 2
NHL Totals 114 8 15 23 67 3 0 0 0 0


SJHL Second All-Star Team (1964)
Rookie of the Year Award - WHL (1966)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
Traded to Chicago by LA Blades (WHL) for cash, July, 1967. Traded to Minnesota by Chicago with Tom Reid for Andre Boudrias and Mike McMahon Jr., February 14, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles (Springfield-AHL) by Cleveland (AHL) for Roger Cote, March, 1971. Claimed by Chicago from Los Angeles in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1972.
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