Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Terbenche
Defenceman Paul Terbenche played nearly 200 NHL games in the 1960s and '70s. He played solid positional hockey but was not considered rugged enough by management to fend off forwards during the brawling early '70s. He ended up playing more in the WHA and the minors.

Born in Port Hope, Ontario, Terbenche played junior with the St. Catharines Black Hawks. The Chicago Black Hawks prospect turned pro with the CHL's St. Louis Braves in 1966-67. The young blueliner was solid as a rookie in 1967-68 but was relegated to the minors the next season because of the defensive depth in the organization.

Terbenche was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1970 Expansion Draft and played most of two years with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Western League. Beginning in 1972-73, he was a regular on the Sabres' blueline for two seasons before jumping to the WHA. The steady rearguard played four years in the league with five different franchises, including the 1979 Avco Cup champion Winnipeg Jets. He retired in 1981 after playing two years in the CHL with the Birmingham Bulls.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Milton-Ingersoll Aces OHA-B
1964-65 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 56 3 23 26 63 5 0 0 0 4
1965-66 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 48 5 31 36 26 7 1 4 5 2
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 0
1966-67 St. Louis Braves CPHL 63 4 14 18 39
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 3 7 10 8 -11 6 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 26 0 4 4 2 11 0 3 3 2
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 5 15 20 8 3 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -3
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 51 4 20 24 16
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 0 0 0 2 -13
1971-72 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 64 1 31 32 10
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 0 7 7 8 +7 6 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 12 14 8 +3
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 60 3 14 17 10
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 58 2 4 6 22 10 0 6 6 6
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 80 9 24 33 30
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 11 1 0 1 0
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 26 0 9 9 11
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 8 0 5 5 4
1977-78 Houston Aeros WHA 6 1 1 2 0
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 68 3 22 25 12 10 1 1 2 4
1979-80 Birmingham Bulls CHL 63 3 14 17 20 4 0 2 2 2
1980-81 Birmingham Bulls CHL 41 2 2 4 26
NHL Totals 189 5 26 31 28 12 0 0 0 0


Claimed by Buffalo from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June, 1970. Selected by Dayton-Houston in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Kansas City from Buffalo in Expansion Draft, June, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver (WHA), July, 1974. Transferred to Calgary (WHA) after Vancouver (WHA) franchise relocated, June, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after Calgary (WHA) franchise folded, May, 1977. Traded to Houston (WHA) by Birmingham (WHA) for future considerations, February, 1978. Traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for cash, July, 1978. Retained by Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Atlanta by Winnipeg for future considerations, August, 1979.