Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vic Venasky
The Los Angeles Kings selected Vic Venasky 34th overall in the 1971 Amateur Draft. The pleasant, soft-spoken center was a sleeper pick from the University of Denver. He had led his college loop in scoring and was named to the NCAA West All-American Team. Venasky played another season with Denver but was kept from a second scoring title after suffering torn ligaments during the season.

As a rookie, he made the Kings right out of training camp. The Kings used him primarily as a defensive specialist. Most nights he would shadow the other team's best player. Against Phil Esposito, he limited the Bruins center to a single goal in five contests. Meanwhile, Venasky was able to chip in 15 goals of his own for the Kings.

In his second season he suffered a severe groin pull on December 15, 1973. Despite excruciating pain he played 63 games that season in Los Angeles and the minor leagues. The injury continued to hamper him in the 1974-75 season, as he could not maneuver well on the ice.

In the 1975 off-season Venasky followed a training plan suggested by John Holmes, the Kings trainer. Throughout the summer he used a combination of karate lessons and stretching exercises to strengthen the injured spot. In training camp he earned a spot on the team despite very tough competition at the centre. Venasky had a comeback season with a career-high 44 points and appearing in the full schedule. The Kings won their first round in the playoffs before bowing out in the quarterfinals.

Venasky returned for another full season in 1976-77. He continued to make a significant contribution to the team and scored his only NHL playoff goal that year. He played two more seasons before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Port Arthur Marrs TBJHL 5 1 0 1 0
1966-67 Port Arthur Marrs M-Cup 6 0 1 1 0
1967-68 Port Arthur Marrs TBJHL 24 16 17 33 0
1968-69 Port Arthur Marrs TBJHL 36 29 34 63 4
1968-69 Fort William Hurricanes M-Cup 6 7 5 12 12
1969-70 Port Arthur Marrs TBJHL 22 27 20 47 0
1969-70 Fort William Hurricanes M-Cup 12 8 12 20 6
1969-70 Weyburn Red Wings M-Cup 4 2 4 6 0
1970-71 University of Denver WCHA 36 20 36 56 12
1971-72 University of Denver WCHA 21 20 36 56 8
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 15 19 34 10 -16
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 6 5 11 12 -1
1973-74 Springfield Kings AHL 21 8 15 23 8
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 10 1 11 12 4 9 7 2 9 8
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 17 1 2 3 0 +3
1974-75 Fort Worth Texans CHL 14 5 11 16 6
1974-75 Springfield Kings AHL 6 2 2 4 4
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 18 26 44 12 -6 9 0 1 1 6
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 14 26 40 18 +2 9 1 4 5 6
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 3 10 13 6 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 4 13 17 8 0 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 80 25 31 56 22
1980-81 HC Davos Swiss
1980-81 Thunder Bay Twins CASH
NHL Totals 430 61 101 162 66 21 1 5 6 12


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1971)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1971)
Regular season totals for Port Arthur (TBJHL) during 1966-67 season are unavailable.
Loaned to Fort William (TBJHL) and Weyburn (SJHL) by Port Arthur (TBJHL) for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1970.
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