Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tim Sheehy
Right-winger Tim Sheehy took the long road to the National Hockey League but made his NHL debut in 1977 with the Detroit Red Wings. Sheehy, who was born in September 3rd, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ontario, was an American citizen by the time his career got underway. Sheey was a major star as a high school player leading his team to 59-straight victories and three consecutive Minnesota State Championships. He then moved on to a University career. After three decorated years with Boston College, Sheehy joined the United States National Team where he participated in two World Championships and the 1971 Winter Olympics. Sheehy, he served as the captain of the U.S. club was a major part of the team that surprised many by winning a silver medal.

His professional career began in 1972 when he signed on with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers where he soon earned a reputation as a steady scoring winger. During his third season with the Whalers Sheehy was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he spent parts of three seasons. After a very solid 1976-77 campaign where Sheehy scored 41 goals he caught the attention of the NHL and was acquired via trade by the Detroit Red Wings.

Sheehy, now starting the tenth season of his career, made his NHL debut with the Red Wings and was held scoreless in 15 contests. In February of 1978 the Red Wings sold his rights back to the Whalers, the team he began his pro career with.

Back in the WHA Sheehy was unable to find his previous scoring touch and spent the 1978-79 season in the minors. By 1979-80, the Whalers were now an NHL club as a result of the WHA folding and Sheehy returned to the big leagues with them.

Sheehy played 12 games for the Whalers and scored two goals and three points in that time. The rest of his season was split between the Central Hockey League and the American League. Sheehy retired at season's end. In 1997, Sheehy was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Boston College Eagles ECAC 30 27 30 57
1968-69 Boston College Eagles ECAC 26 19 41 60 36
1968-69 United States WEC-A 10 1 4 5 8
1969-70 Boston College Eagles ECAC 24 28 40 68 20
1970-71 United States Nat-Tm
1970-71 United States WEC-A 10 1 2 3 6
1971-72 United States Nat-Tm
1971-72 United States Olympics 6 4 1 5 0
1972-73 New England Whalers WHA 78 33 38 71 30 15 9 14 23 13
1973-74 New England Whalers WHA 77 29 29 58 22 7 4 2 6 4
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 52 20 13 33 18
1974-75 Edmonton Oilers WHA 29 8 20 28 4
1975-76 Edmonton Oilers WHA 81 34 31 65 17 4 2 2 4 0
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 28 15 8 23 4
1976-77 Birmingham Bulls WHA 50 26 21 47 44
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 13 4 2 6 5
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 0 0 0 -13
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 16 2 6 8 4
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 25 8 11 19 12 13 1 3 4 9
1978-79 Springfield Indians AHL 49 9 19 28 17
1978-79 Utica Mohawks NEHL 21 14 12 26 21
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 2 1 3 0 +6
1979-80 Cincinnati Stingers CHL 10 4 5 9 4
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 52 25 21 46 10
NHL Totals 27 2 1 3 0


Brother of Neil
ECAC Second All-Star Team (1969)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1969, 1970)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1970)
ECAC Player of the Year (1970)
Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by New England (WHA) for Ron Climie, February, 1975. Traded to Birmingham (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for Gavin Kirk and Tom Simpson, December, 1976. Traded to Detroit by Birmingham (WHA) with Vaclav Nedomansky for the loan of Steve Durbano and Dave Hanson and future considerations, November 18, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Detroit for cash, February 12, 1978.