Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Paradise
Growing up in St. Paul, Bob Paradise was a big lad who excelled at a number of sports. He earned all-state honours in football and hockey. He also turned down a professional baseball contract from the Boston Red Sox in 1965 so that he could complete his education at St. Mary's College. While at the school, Paradise continued to develop his hockey skills, becoming an all-conference performer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for four consecutive years.

He turned pro in 1966 and embarked on the journeyman's path to the NHL via numerous teams and leagues from the U.S. Olympic squad to the Montreal Voyageurs of the AHL. In 1971, Paradise saw a sliver of NHL action with the Minnesota North Stars before heading back to the minors for more seasoning. While he was skating for the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, the expansion Atlanta Flames purchased his services in 1972. The move finally gave Paradise a regular shift at the NHL.

He sustained his presence with the Flames as a defensive-minded blueliner who engaged a physical style of play not unlike his father-in-law, former New York Ranger and U.S. Hall of Famer, Bob Dill. Paradise continued in his role as a conservative defender through stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the struggling Washington Capitals. In 1977, the Caps sent him back to the Pens where he rounded out his NHL career in 1979.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Cretin High School High-MN
1962-1966 St. Mary's College NAIA
1966-67 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 42 5 6 11 47
1967-68 Minnesota Nationals USHL 24 2 6 8 43
1967-68 United States Olympics 6 0 0 0 0
1968-69 United States Nat-Tm
1968-69 United States WEC-A 8 0 0 0 30
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 61 3 14 17 98 12 0 2 2 27
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 72 0 9 9 107 3 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 6 0 0 0 6 +1 4 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 54 5 8 13 80
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 4 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 71 1 7 8 103 -20
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 18 0 1 1 13 -7
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 2 7 9 39 -3
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 3 15 18 109 -2 6 0 1 1 17
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 0 0 4 -7
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 48 0 8 8 42 -41
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 5 5 20 -3
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 14 0 4 4 18
1976-77 United States WEC-A 9 0 0 0 8
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 2 10 12 53 -30
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 0 1 1 4 -4 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 16 0 1 1 12
NHL Totals 368 8 54 62 393 12 0 1 1 19


Signed as a free agent by Montreal, June, 1970. Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with the rights to Gary Gambucci for cash, May, 1971. Traded to Atlanta by Minnesota for cash, June 6, 1972. Traded to Pittsburgh by Atlanta with Chuck Arnason for Al McDonough, January 4, 1974. Traded to Washington by Pittsburgh for Washington's 2nd round choice (Greg Malone) in 1976 Amateur Draft, November 26, 1975. Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for the rights to Don Awrey, October 1, 1977.