Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Weir
When the California Golden Seals saw Stan Weir's stats sheet from his days with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WCJHL, they were excited about the prospects of securing such an offensively prolific young prospect. They added the fleet-footed centreman to their fold in 1972.

He appeared to have the world by a string as he entered the NHL straight from the junior ranks. But once he began to bump shoulders with real, full-grown men, his offensive prowess began to look more like Sampson with a haircut. Over the course of his first six years in the majors, three with the Seals and three with the Leafs, Weir had to reinvent himself as a special teams man who could forecheck, kill penalties, and contribute on the power play. His adaptation was sufficient to insure his employment at the NHL level until midway through the 1977-78 campaign. As a third-year Maple Leaf, he was used too sparingly to support the ongoing development he needed. His lack of progress landed him in the minors with the Tula Oilers of the CHL.

Rather than languish as a minor leaguer, Weir jumped to the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA. There his career fortunes were revived. In spite of injuries, he still managed to net 61 points in 68 games.

In year two, the Oilers and Weir moved to the NHL. The transition sparked his most productive professional campaign. Despite his third-line centre status behind Wayne Gretzky and Ron Chipperfield, he managed to quietly accumulate 33 goals and 33 assists by season's end.

From the top of the mount, however, Weir's offensive productivity began to slowly decline. He remained with the Oilers for an additional year and a half before being traded to the Colorado Rockies. He completed the 1981-82 season and then landed with the Detroit Red Wings for one final campaign. He then descended to the minors where he rounded out his career with the Montana Magic and the Milwaukee Admirals. He hung up his blades for good in 1985.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Ponoka Stampeders AJHL 42 35 26 61 45
1970-71 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 66 52 59 111 88
1971-72 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 68 58 75 133 77 7 3 7 10 2
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 78 15 24 39 16 -24
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 58 9 7 16 10 -33
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 80 18 27 45 12 -30
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 19 32 51 22 +10 9 1 3 4 0
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 11 19 30 14 +2 7 2 1 3 0
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 12 5 17 4 0 13 3 1 4 0
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 42 24 33 57 38
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 68 31 30 61 20 13 2 5 7 2
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 33 33 66 40 +2 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 12 20 32 40 -7 5 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 3 13 16 13 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 2 3 5 10 -7
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 5 24 29 2 0
1983-84 Montana Magic CHL 73 21 44 65 20
1984-85 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 26 7 14 21 5
1985-86
1986-87 Brantford Mott's Clamatos OHA-Sr. 17 2 0 2 4
1987-88 Dundas Real McCoys OHA-Sr.
NHL Totals 642 139 207 346 183 37 6 5 11 4


Ernie Love Trophy (AJHL Scoring Champion), 1970
WCJHL Rookie of the Year (1971)
Selected by Calgary-Cleveland (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Toronto by California for Gary Sabourin, June 20, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA), June, 1978. Reclaimed by Toronto from Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Toronto, July 4, 1979. Traded to Colorado by Edmonton for Ed Cooper, March 9, 1982. Traded to Edmonton by Colorado for Ed Cooper, July 2, 1982. Traded to Detroit by Edmonton for cash, September 14, 1982.
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