Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Garry Unger
Garry Unger could not have known what was in store for him when he was interested into the Maple Leaf line-up on February 24, 1968 between Mike Walton and George Armstrong. Coach Punch Imlach had brought up the rookie in an effort to make the playoffs and to fill in for Dave Keon, who had been injured. The centre would stay in an NHL line-up through to the 1979-80 season, smashing the existing iron-man record by 284 games.

In the course of the streak, Unger was traded four times. Unger was part of a package sent to the Red Wings less than two weeks after the streak began. The Red Wings, in turn, moved Unger to the St. Louis Blues in the 1970-71 season, and it was with the Blues that he broke Andy Hebenton's iron-man record on March 10, 1976 in Toronto. Garry Unger moved on to the Atlanta Flames in 1979. On December 22, 1979, Flames coach Al MacNeil finally benched Unger, ending the streak at 914 consecutive games.

Despite his accomplishments, Garry Unger remained unfulfilled by what he had done. His inspiration throughout the streak had been his wheelchair bound younger sister yet when the record was his, Unger found he still didn't have meaning in his life. The trade to Atlanta put him in contact with Paul Henderson, whom he'd been traded for in 1968, and a group of Christian players. It was from them that Unger discovered the spirituality that he had been missing.

Garry Unger played three more seasons before leaving the NHL in 1983. Unger's record has since been surpassed by Doug Jarvis. He didn't win any Stanley Cups but Unger did emerge a complete man. With a new sense of purpose, Unger entered the coaching ranks, leading Tulsa to a championship in 1992-93, and remains there today. Garry Unger can also be found teaching at hockey schools during the summer months.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-1966 Calgary Buffaloes AJHL
1966-67 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 48 38 35 73 60 6 2 5 7 27
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 2 2 0 2 2
1967-68 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 2 4 1 5 2
1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 1 1 2 4 -5
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 9 3 5 8 6
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 5 1 3 4 6
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 10 15 2 +4
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 24 20 44 33 +6
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 42 24 66 67 +24 4 0 1 1 6
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 13 14 27 63 -32
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 15 14 29 41 -4 6 3 2 5 20
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 36 34 70 104 -8 11 4 5 9 35
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 41 39 80 119 +7 5 1 2 3 2
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 33 35 68 96 -17
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 36 44 80 123 -1 2 1 3 4 6
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 39 44 83 95 +1 3 2 1 3 7
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 30 27 57 56 -12 4 0 1 1 2
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 32 20 52 66 -35
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 0 0 0 30
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 30 26 56 44 -44
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 7 2 1 3 12
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 17 16 33 39 +2 4 0 3 3 2
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 10 10 20 40 -17
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 0 0 6 -9 8 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 7 13 20 69 +8 4 1 0 1 23
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 2 0 2 8 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 8 2 3 5 0
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86 Dundee Rockets Britain 35 86 48 134 64 6 7 6 13 44
1986-87 Peterborough Pirates Britain-2 30 95 143 238 58 8 17 15 32 38
1987-88 Peterborough Pirates Britain 32 37 44 81 116
NHL Totals 1105 413 391 804 1075 52 12 18 30 105


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978) Traded to Detroit by Toronto with Frank Mahovlich, Pete Stemkowski and the rights to Carl Brewer for Norm Ullman, Paul Henderson, Floyd Smith and Doug Barrie, March 3, 1968. Traded to St. Louis by Detroit with Wayne Connelly for Red Berenson and Tim Eccelstone, February 6, 1971. Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis for Ed Kea, Don Laurence and Atlanta's 2nd round choice (Hakan Nordin) in 1981 Entry Draft, October 10, 1979. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Los Angeles by Calgary for Bert Wilson and Randy Holt, June 6, 1980. Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles for Edmonton's 7th round choice (Craig Hurley) in 1981 Entry Draft, March 10, 1981.