Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mel Pearson
Mel Pearson started out as an outstanding junior player with the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL between 1955 and 1957. In his final campaign with the club, he led the league in goals scored and tallied a total of 108 points in only 56 games.

In 1957, he turned pro with the Trois-Rivieres Lions of the QHL. The move represented the start of a lengthy journeyman's career that took him from coast to coast and earned him but a few appearances at the NHL level with the New York Rangers during the early 1960s plus a two-game stint with the fledgling Pittsburgh Penguins in 1967.

Otherwise, Pearson's career unfolded in minor-league rinks that were homes to such clubs as the Providence Red, Vancouver Canucks, Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers, Baltimore Clippers, St. Paul Rangers, Buffalo Bisons, Los Angeles Blades, and Portland Buckeroos. During his time in the minors, the sturdy winger was always a consistent performer who could play that old-fashioned style of solid offense backed by effective defense.

In 1972-73, at the age of 34, Pearson was recruited by the newly formed World Hockey Association to add his veteran presence to the Minnesota Fighting Saints. He completed one season with the club and then retired for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 48 26 23 49 32 12 1 0 1 6
1955-56 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 7 2 2 4 2
1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 56 59 49 108 86 10 13 9 22 6
1957-58 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 54 17 28 45 60
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 10 1 2 3 0
1957-58 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 17 10 10 20 17
1958-59 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 16 33 49 35 8 1 2 3 11
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 23 1 5 6 13
1959-60 Trois-Rivieres Lions EPHL 43 21 23 44 26
1960-61 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 69 20 27 47 62 7 1 1 2 10
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 66 23 38 61 44 7 1 0 1 10
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 5 1 0 1 6
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 67 13 29 42 40 3 1 1 2 4
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 68 8 22 30 35
1964-65 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 4
1964-65 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 61 24 46 70 30 11 5 7 12 20
1965-66 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 18 40 58 30
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 68 17 45 62 24
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 1 1 0 -1
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 68 19 20 39 16 12 1 4 5 7
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 19 26 45 44 11 0 1 1 10
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 26 22 48 24 11 2 4 6 30
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 23 19 42 52 11 1 6 7 10
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 21 38 59 45 11 1 1 2 17
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 70 8 12 20 12 5 2 0 2 0
NHL Totals 38 2 6 8 25


Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers with Dave Richardson, Tracy Pratt and Dick Meissner for John McKenzie and Ray Cullen, June 4, 1965. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Loaned to Portland (WHL) by Pittsburgh for cash, October, 1967. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Pittsburgh for cash, August, 1969. Selected by Dayton-Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for future considerations and cash, September, 1972.
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