Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Pulkkinen
Dave Pulkkinen was a standout defenseman for his Lockerby Collegiate team in the Sudbury area. The area choice for 1968 top defenseman and league MVP, Dave followed the season up by joining the Oshawa Generals for 1968-69. While with Oshawa Dave drew the attention of the St. Louis Blues, who drafted him 77th overall in the 1969 Entry Draft. The next three seasons were spent working on his hockey apprenticeship with minor teams in Kansas City, Port Huron, Toledo and Dayton. In August 1972, Pulkkinen was traded to the expansion New York Islanders. He was assigned to another new team with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League. Just before December 21, 197 2, Dave Pulkkinen received word from New Haven coach Parker MacDonald that he was going up to the parent club for a game. The first thing Pulkkinen did was call his parents with the news. He drove down to Long Island and appeared in the lineup against t he Vancouver Canucks. In March Pulkkinen was called up again, this time to face the Boston Bruins. Dave was on the ice to play against the Esposito line during the game. The Islanders limited the Bruins to three goals but could not tally themselves in the shutout. Pulkkinen returned to New Haven and the Islanders went on a three-game winning streak. Pulkkinen finished the season as the team's leading scorer but the club missed the playoffs. By 1974-75 he was questioning his commitment to the game. The vagabond existence of a professional hockey player had less appeal to the married defenseman and he resigned after playing eleven games. Dave became active with hockey later on as a coach for his children in midget and Tier 2 competition. A short stint with the OHA Sudbury Wolves ended when he declined the head coaching position. Dave Pulkkinen later joined the Ontario Public Service, where he works as a Corrections Officer dealing with young offenders. He keeps physically active by playing golf and recently placed 15th in the 2001 Northern Amateur Championship.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 54 17 19 36 50
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 11 1 2 3 0
1969-70 Port Huron Flags IHL 43 11 16 27 51
1970-71 Port Huron<196>Toledo IHL 25 3 12 15 8
1970-71 Dayton Gems IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Kansas City Blues CHL 70 12 46 58 49
1972-73 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1972-73 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 75 25 41 66 55
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 60 11 24 35 39 2 0 1 1 0
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 11 0 3 3 4
NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 0

Claimed on waivers by Toledo (IHL) from Port Huron (IHL), November, 1970. Traded to Dayton (IHL) by Toledo (IHL) for cash, December, 1970. Traded to NY Islanders by St. Louis for cash, August, 1972.
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