Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Greg Polis
Greg Polis learned to play hockey in the tiny northern Alberta farm community of Dapp. When there weren't enough kids around to play hockey, he improved his stickhandling by playing keep-away with his Labrador Retriever.

Polis progressed to the junior ranks with the Estevan Bruins of the WCJHL in 1966. In his second last season, he finished second in league scoring behind Bobby Clarke of Flin Flon. In his final year with the Bruins, he finished second again, this time behind Reggie Leach.

In the 1970 Amateur Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins made Polis their first choice?a situation that suited him just fine since, unlike more established team, the Pens need meant plenty of ice time.

He made his mark early thanks to his extremely fast skating and strong ability to work the corners. By the end of year two, he'd already scored a career-high 30 goals. He also enjoyed invitations to play in the All-Star Game during his first three campaigns with the Pens.

But early in 1973-74, Polis was traded to the Blues for a short stint before moving on to the New York Rangers where he was placed onto a line with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert. Early on, however, Polis had difficulty adapting to Ratelle's slower style at centre. He spent a lot of time inadvertently icing the puck and making too many single-man rushes that were halted at the blueline. He did, however, manage to pot 26 goals before his numbers and his career began to decline.

By 1979, injuries had taken their toll as the Washington Capitals claimed Polis on waivers. There, he lasted for only a brief time before rounding out his career with the Hershey Bears of the AHL in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Estevan Bruins CMJHL 54 12 20 32 83 13 1 5 6 12
1967-68 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 59 35 32 67 124 13 3 6 9 20
1967-68 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 12 1 4 5 8
1968-69 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 60 40 85 125 94 12 4 6 10 8
1969-70 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 60 48 56 104 69 5 2 1 3 2
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 18 15 33 40 -6
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 30 19 49 38 -4 4 0 2 2 0
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 26 23 49 36 -32
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 14 13 27 32 -18
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 8 12 20 24 -7
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 76 26 15 41 55 +3 3 0 0 0 6
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 79 15 21 36 77 -8
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 77 16 23 39 44 0
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 37 7 16 23 12 -3
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 6 1 1 2 8 +1
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 10 3 3 6 0
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 19 12 6 18 6 +3
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 28 1 5 6 19 -6
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 9 0 2 2 2
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 2 1 0 1 5
NHL Totals 615 174 169 343 391 7 0 2 2 6


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1969, 1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1971, 1972, 1973) Traded to St. Louis by Pittsburgh with Bryan Watson and Pittsburgh's 2nd round choice (Bob Hess) in 1974 Amateur Draft for Steve Durbano, Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly, January 17, 1974. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Larry Sacharuk and NY Rangers' 1st round choice (later traded back to NY Rangers - NY Rangers selected Lucien DeBlois) in 1977 Entry Draft, August 29, 1974. Claimed on waivers by Washington from NY Rangers, January 15, 1979.