Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gregg Sheppard
When you are surrounded by great players like Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Brad Park it's nice to be considered to be the unsung hero of the team, the guy who gets the job done and doesn't need a press conference to let everyone know it. This is former Boston Bruin and Pittsburgh Penguin centre Gregg Sheppard.

Life as a Bruins began early for Sheppard as he started his junior career with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL and WCJHL. In his four seasons there he became an even player, able to score and set up his linemates. Sheppard moved up to the CHL in the 1968-69 season with the Oklahoma City Blazers for three seasons, becoming a CHL second all-star team member in 1971 and first team in 1972. He led the league in goals in his last season and winning the Tommy Ivan Trophy as the CHL's MVP.

Sheppard began his NHL career in the 1972-73 season with the Boston Bruins, who were the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and had a great first year. By season's end, there was talk of him winning the rookie of the year award (it would go to Steve Vickers of the New York Rangers). In his second season, Sheppard and the Bruins made it to the Cup finals but fell to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. Sheppard enjoyed three straight seasons where he scored 30 or more goals and had a career year in 1974-75 with 78 points. He also played in the All-Star Game in 1976. The Bruins made it back to the Cup finals in 1977, this time being swept by the Montreal Canadiens.

Before the 1978-79 season began, Sheppard was dealt from his beloved Bruins in a three-team trade that had him going to the Atlanta Flames, who then traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sheppard was not happy about the deal and didn't show up for the Penguins training camp. He eventually joined his new club and become a team player as always. The Pens were expecting Sheppard to be a goal scorer, but the days of scoring 30 a season were over and he became more of a fore checker.

Sheppard ended his NHL career after the 1981-82 season with the Penguins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 North Battleford North Stars SAHA
1965-66 Estevan Bruins SJHL 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 1 1 0 1 0
1966-67 Estevan Bruins CMJHL 52 44 24 68 14 12 11 9 20 4
1967-68 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 58 35 46 81 68 14 13 7 20 6
1967-68 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 14 12 11 23 18
1968-69 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 54 42 42 84 33 10 1 7 8 0
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 65 26 29 55 19
1969-70 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 5 0 0 0 2
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 68 25 50 75 45 5 2 3 5 5
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 72 41 52 93 43 6 4 7 11 4
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 64 24 26 50 18 +37 5 2 1 3 0
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 8 5 5 10 2
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 75 16 31 47 21 +23 16 11 8 19 4
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 76 30 48 78 19 +43 3 3 1 4 5
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 70 31 43 74 28 +24 12 5 6 11 6
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 77 31 36 67 20 +3 14 5 7 12 8
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 54 23 36 59 24 +19 15 2 10 12 6
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 15 22 37 9 +8 7 1 2 3 0
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 13 24 37 20 -22 5 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 11 17 28 49 -13 5 2 4 6 2
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 11 10 21 35 +9
NHL Totals 657 205 293 498 243 82 32 40 72 31


CHL Second All-Star Team (1971)
CHL First All-Star Team (1972)
Most Valuable Player - CHL (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976)
Traded to Atlanta by Boston for Dick Redmond, September 6, 1978. Traded to Pittsburgh by Atlanta for Jean Pronovost, September 6, 1978.
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