Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Raleigh
Although Kenora born, Don Raleigh spent his brief junior career with the Winnipeg Monarchs of the MJHL. With the ranks of the NHL having been depleted by the call to enlist for World War II, young players such as 17-year-old Raleigh were called up to fill out the NHL's rosters.

He joined the New York Rangers for 15 games in 1943, although he spent the majority of the year in the minors with the Brooklyn Crescents. But during the campaign that followed, he was unable to return to the Rangers because an unusual wartime law prevented him from crossing the border. Instead, he returned to junior for a brief spell and then joined the Canadian Army until 1945. He then kicked around, skating for the Brandon Elks, the University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Flyers before resurfacing with the Rangers in 1947.

During the 1950 playoffs, he played heroically as the Rangers upset the Canadiens in the first round. Then, during the finals against the Wings, Raleigh scored overtime winners against goalie Harry Lumley to claim games four and five of the series. The Wings, however, roared back to take the final two games and the Stanley Cup.

Raleigh remained a steady scorer and playmaker with the Rangers until 1955-56 when he was dispatched to the minors to round out his career with the Providence Reds, Saskatoon Quakers, and the Brandon Regals. He hung up his blades for good in 1958.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1941-42 East Kildonan Collegiate High-MB
1941-42 Winnipeg Excelsiors MAHA
1942-43 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 12 8 1 9 0 2 1 1 2 0
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 15 2 2 4 2
1943-44 Brooklyn Crescents EAHL 26 23 20 43 6 11 16 9 25 4
1944-45 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 5 14 9 23 2 7 5 7 12 19
1944-45 Winnipeg Army WNDHL 4 3 1 4 0 2 1 2 3 0
1945-46 Brandon Elks MJHL 10 24 24 48 2 7 7 11 18 18
1946-47 University of Manitoba WSrHL 3 8 6 14 2
1946-47 Winnipeg Flyers WSrHL 3 4 1 5 0 4 3 15 18 0
1946-47 Winnipeg Flyers Al-Cup 8 8 7 15 0
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 52 15 18 33 2 6 2 0 2 2
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 41 10 16 26 8
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 70 12 25 37 11 12 4 5 9 4
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 64 15 24 39 18
1950-51 New York Rovers EAHL 2 0 0 0 0
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 70 19 42 61 14
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 55 4 18 22 2
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 70 15 30 45 16
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 69 8 32 40 19
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 29 1 12 13 4
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 13 4 20 24 0
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 25 17 19 36 2 3 1 1 2 2
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 68 13 47 60 14 9 0 3 3 0
1956-57 Brandon Regals Ed-Cup 6 2 6 8 2
1957-58 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 40 10 23 33 8
NHL Totals 535 101 219 320 96 18 6 5 11 6


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951, 1954)