Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Metro Prystai
Metro Prystai put in three full seasons with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the SJHL between 1944 and 1947. During that time he became a local sports icon, leading his team to three straight provincial championships plus a trip to the Memorial Cup finals. He also led his league in scoring for two of his three seasons with the Canucks. His fame reached its peak when his picture was hung in the window of Thatcher's hardware store on Main St.

Prystai joined the NHL in 1947 with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was excited to join fellow Saskatchewan natives Max and Doug Bentley. But Prystai lasted only three seasons with the Hawks when he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. Feeling that Chicago was on the rise, he was sorry to leave until he realized the lineup he was joining and winning prospects awaiting him in the Motor City. There, he skated with Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe. He then settled in for much of his time on the checking line with Marty Pavelich and Tony Leswick.

The most exciting event of his career came when, in 1952, the Wings swept the entire playoffs, winning all eight contests, four against Toronto and four against Montreal. Terry Sawchuk had four shutouts as the Wings never gave up a goal in their own rink. As for Prystai, he scored two goals and an assist in the final game.

By 1954-55, Prystai was given a return ticket to play in Chicago again. He plugged away in the Windy City for just over one season before he was hustled back to Detroit where he remained until his demotion to the minors in 1957-58. He rounded out his on-ice career with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL later that year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Moose Jaw Canucks S-SJHL 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Moose Jaw Victorias S-SSHL 2 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Moose Jaw Canucks S-SJHL 15 13 8 21 6 4 7 5 12 0
1944-45 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 17 8 10 18 19
1945-46 Moose Jaw Canucks SJHL 16 25 25 50 8 4 5 8 13 0
1945-46 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 8 11 7 18 6
1946-47 Moose Jaw Canucks SJHL 22 32 39 71 8 6 5 9 14 0
1946-47 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 15 9 17 26 6
1947-48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 54 7 11 18 25
1948-49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 12 7 19 19
1949-50 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 29 22 51 31
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 20 17 37 27 3 1 0 1 0
1951-52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 21 22 43 16 8 2 5 7 0
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 16 34 50 12 6 4 4 8 2
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 12 15 27 26 12 2 3 5 0
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 2 3 5 9
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 11 13 24 28
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 1 3 4 8
1955-56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 12 16 28 10 9 1 2 3 6
1956-57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 7 15 22 16 5 2 0 2 0
1957-58 Edmonton Flyers WHL 21 13 14 27 6
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 1 1 2 4
1958-59 Edmonton Flyers WHL 4 1 0 1 4
1959-60 Omaha Knights IHL
NHL Totals 674 151 179 330 231 43 12 14 26 8


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1950, 1953, 1954) Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Jim Henry, Gaye Stewart and Bob Goldham for Al Dewsbury, Harry Lumley, Jack Stewart, Don Morrison and Pete Babando, July 13, 1950. Traded to Chicago by Detroit for Lorne Davis, November 9, 1954. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for Ed Sandford, October 24, 1955.