Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Walton
In 1963-64, Mike Walton joined the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL and immediately established himself as a top-flight offensive forward. Among a lineup that included future NHLers Ron Ellis, Pete Stemkowski, Gary Smith, and Jim McKenny, the club banded together to secure a Memorial Cup victory by season's end.

Along the way towards the big leagues, Walton married Conn Smythe's granddaughter. This made him part of the Leafs' family in literal terms, but it didn't do much to enhance his relationship with the club's coach, Punch Imlach.

Upon Walton's arrival at his first training camp, Imlach told him to cut off his expansive sideburns and trim his slightly unruly hair. Walton refused. Eventually the two adversaries worked things out between themselves. But that didn't dissuade George Armstrong and Tim Horton from hiding in his room one night, trapping the young recruit and proceeding to work him over like drunken barbers.

Walton survived and after periodic stints in the CHL and AHL secured a regular shift with the Leafs. By the tail end of 1966-67, he enjoyed his first Stanley Cup victory and, by the following season, established himself as a solid NHL sniper.

But by the end of the decade, Walton's relationship with the club began to sour. He was benched by Imlach in 1969 and eventually walked away from the club. Reconciliation followed. But after Imlach was replaced by Johnny McLellan, the same scenario occurred again. This time, Walton sought the assistance of a league-sanctioned psychiatrist who diagnosed him with a depressive illness that was complicated by his family link to the team. He was traded to the Boston Bruins.

After a slow start in Beantown, he gradually regained his confidence and again became a solid NHL scorer. He won his second Stanley Cup in 1972. Walton stuck with the Bruins until 1973. It was at that time that he signed with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. There he finished his first season as the league's top scorer with 117 points in 78 games. He played one additional offensively prolific season and then returned to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in 1975-76.

From that point onward, save the 1977-78 campaign where he netted 66 points in 65 games, Walton's offensive skills receded as he played out the tail end of his career in a number of locales. In 1978-79, he put in brief stints with the Blues, Blackhawks, Rochester Americans, and the New Brunswick Hawks. He then went overseas to play a final season in Cologne.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 26 13 11 24 12 12 7 7 14 10
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 5 1 0 1 6
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons MTJHL 38 22 22 44 32 8 4 3 7 10
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons M-Cup 6 4 1 5 13
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 53 41 51 92 62 9 6 9 15 6
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 12 6 20 26 11
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 68 40 44 84 86 12 7 6 13 16
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 3 4 0
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 68 35 51 86 67 12 8 4 12 43
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 7 10 17 13 12 4 3 7 2
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 36 19 33 52 28
1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 30 29 59 48 +1
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 22 21 43 34 -9 4 0 0 0 4
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 21 34 55 68 -11
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 3 10 13 21 -14
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 22 3 5 8 10 +11 5 2 0 2 19
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 76 28 28 56 45 +23 15 6 6 12 13
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 56 25 22 47 37 +10 5 1 1 2 2
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 57 60 117 88 11 10 8 18 16
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 75 48 45 93 33 12 10 7 17 10
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 58 31 40 71 27
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 8 8 16 9 +5 2 0 0 0 5
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 40 7 24 31 32 -15
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 29 37 66 30 -26
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 7 11 18 6 -13
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 14 4 2 6 0 -1
1978-79 Rochester Americans AHL 1 1 2 3 2
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 26 6 3 9 4 -4 4 1 0 1 0
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 7 1 5 6 6
1979-80 Kolner EC W.German 20 12 19 31 33
NHL Totals 588 201 247 448 357 47 14 10 24 45


Son of Bobby
CPHL First All-Star Team (1965)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (CPHL - Rookie of the Year) (1965)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1966)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1974)
W. D. (Bill) Hunter Trophy (WHA - Scoring Leader) (1974) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1968)
Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto with Bruce Gamble and Toronto's 1st round choice (Pierre Plante) in 1971 Amateur Draft for Bernie Parent and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (Rick Kehoe) in 1971 Amateur Draft, February 1, 1971. Traded to Boston by Philadelphia for Danny Schock and Rick MacLeish, February 1, 1971. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Los Angeles (WHA) for cash, June, 1973. NHL rights traded to Vancouver by Boston with the trade of Chris Oddleifson and Fred O'Donnell for Bobby Schmautz, February 7, 1974. Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver for St. Louis' 4th round choice (Harald Luckner) in 1978 Amateur Draft and future considerations, June 12, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Boston, December 5, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, January 22, 1979.