Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Veneruzzo
Winger Gary Veneruzzo was property of the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was toiling in the Central League with the Tulsa Oilers but was claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the Expansion Draft of 1967. During the Blues' maiden season Veneruzzo was called up from the minors for the first five games of his NHL career.

Veneruzzo acquitted himself well during his short stint with St. Louis by scoring a goal and an assist for the Blues. The rest of that season and all of the next three was spent back down in the minor leagues.

He surfaced again, however, in 1971-72 when he played two more games for St. Louis, but this time he was unable to crack the score sheet. That year in the minors, though, he enjoyed incredible success finding the net by leading the league in goal output with 41 tallies.

Veneruzzo's goal scoring prowess attracted the attention of General Manager's in the new upstart World Hockey Association. Veneruzzo joined the Los Angeles Sharks and led the club in scoring during their inaugural season. After a second year in California where he again was a solid scorer for the club, Veneruzzo began to bounce around the WHA for the next few years before leaving the league in 1977.

His last season came in 1977-78 when he left professional hockey behind to join the Central Amateur Senior Hockey League's Thunder Bay Twins. After scoring just 2 goals and 6 points in 14 games for the club, Veneruzzo realized he was at the end of the road and retired as a player.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL
1959-60 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 24 6 13 19 18 4 0 6 6 11
1960-61 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 7 1 5 6 2
1961-62 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 30 30 31 61 76
1961-62 Port Arthur North Stars M-Cup 4 2 3 5 6
1962-63 Fort William Beavers TBSHL 26 27 20 47 27 14 11 15 26 25
1962-63 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 10 8 10 18 19
1963-64 Fort William Beavers TBSHL 30 26 35 61 35 10 7 6 13 4
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 60 11 17 28 29 10 1 4 5 8
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 69 19 19 38 25 11 1 7 8 5
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 11 3 5 8 2
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 59 21 25 46 38
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 1 1 2 0 +1 9 0 2 2 2
1967-68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 63 24 51 75 36 7 4 2 6 10
1968-69 Kansas City Blues CHL 71 38 40 78 38 4 1 1 2 13
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 52 20 30 50 33
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 21 8 11 19 2 14 6 5 11 9
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 2 2 0 2 2
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 66 27 22 49 30
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 72 41 45 86 41 9 2 6 8 10
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 43 30 73 34 6 3 0 3 4
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 39 29 68 68
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 77 33 27 60 57
1975-76 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 14 3 2 5 8
1975-76 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 61 19 24 43 27 5 2 0 2 7
1976-77 San Diego Mariners WHA 40 14 11 25 18 7 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Thunder Bay Twins OHA-Sr. 14 2 4 6 20
1978-79 Thunder Bay Twins CASH 40 22 25 47
NHL Totals 7 1 1 2 0 9 0 2 2 2


TBSHL Rookie-of-the Year Award (1963)
CPHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
CHL First All-Star Team (1969)
WHL First All-Star Team (1972)
Claimed by St. Louis from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Transferred to Michigan (WHA) when Los Angeles (WHA) franchise relocated, April 11, 1974. Selected by Cincinnati (WHA) from Baltimore-Michigan (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, June 19, 1975. Traded to Phoenix (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) for Ron Serafini, November, 1975. Traded to San Diego (WHA) by Phoenix (WHA) for future considerations, August, 1976.
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