Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Errol Thompson
A speedy left-winger with a blazing shot, Errol Thompson played nearly 600 NHL games in the 1970s and '80s. He was a good-natured competitor whose skill allowed him to hit the 20-goal mark six times in his career.

Born in Summerside, P.E.I., Thompson excelled with the Halifax Canadians of the NSJHL. He was taken 22nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1970 Amateur Draft after a solid year of senior hockey with the Charlottetown Royals. Thompson spent the majority of his first two pro seasons with the CHL's Tulsa Oilers.

The speedy winger scored 13 goals for the weak Maple Leafs in 1972-73. He was a part time player the next season but began to realize his potential with 25 goals in 1974-75. The next season, Thompson scored 43 goals while forming an explosive line with Darryl Siitler and Lanny McDonald. The trio became well known throughout North America after Sittler set an NHL record with ten points in one game on February 7, 1976.

After breaking his arm in 1976-77, Thompson missed one third of the season but still managed 21 goals. The next year he saw less ice time under Roger Neilson and was sent to the Detroit Red Wings for grinder Dan Maloney. Thompson hit the 20-goal mark for Detroit in 1978-79 and notched 34 goals the next season. He split the 1980-81 season between the Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Halifax Jr. Canadians Exhib. 47 28 32 60 29
1966-67 Halifax Jr. Canadians M-Cup 17 15 9 24 9
1967-68 Halifax Jr. Canadians Exhib. 45 41 40 81 55
1967-68 Halifax Jr. Canadians M-Cup 11 6 7 13 12
1968-69 Halifax Jr. Canadiens MJrHL 30 11 18 29 25
1969-70 Charlottetown Royals NBSHL 20 13 23 36 3 1 3 4 0
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1970-71 Tulsa Oilers CHL 65 15 14 29 37
1971-72 Tulsa Oilers CHL 46 21 21 42 30 13 4 6 10 8
1972-73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 13 19 32 8 +4
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 7 8 15 6 +2 2 0 1 1 0
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 25 17 42 12 -1 6 0 0 0 9
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 43 37 80 26 +28 10 3 3 6 0
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 21 16 37 8 -10 9 2 0 2 0
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 17 22 39 10 +17
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 5 1 6 2 -4 7 2 1 3 2
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 23 31 54 26 -28
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 34 14 48 22 -10
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 14 12 26 52 -4
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 6 8 14 12 -9
NHL Totals 599 208 185 393 184 34 7 5 12 11


Traded to Detroit by Toronto with Toronto's 1st (Brent Peterson) and 2nd (Al Jensen) round picks in 1978 Amateur Draft and Toronto's 1st round pick (Mike Blaisdell) in 1980 NHL Draft for Dan Maloney and Detroit's 2nd round pick (Craig Muni) in 1980 NHL Draft, March 13, 1978. Traded to Pittsburgh by Detroit for Gary McAdam, January 8, 1981.
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