Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Hextall
Ron Hextall was the third generation in his family to play in the NHL, following in his father and grandfather's footsteps. Bryan Hextall Sr. played 11 seasons with the New York Rangers and won the scoring title in 1941-42. His son, Ron's father, played nine years before retiring in 1976. Ron's Uncle Dennis also played in the league. Ron, however, was the first Hextall to venture into the net.

Ron would become perhaps the game's most mobile goalie of all time. Hextall's style was physical, aggressive and unheard of. He would chase the puck anywhere in his own end, and his own players routinely shot the puck back to him when killing a penalty. So good was his play with the puck that he developed a desire to something no goalie had ever done before - score a goal. On December 8, 1987, in a game against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers had a two-goal lead and the Bruins pulled their goalie in the last minute. Hextall got the puck near the side of his net and fired all the way down the ice and into the opposing net. Billy Smith of the Islanders was once credited with a goal for being the last player to touch the puck before the other team scored into its own goal, but Hextal was the first to ever shoot and score. Remarkably, on April 11, 1989, against the Washington Capitals, Hextall again fired the puck into an open net, thus becoming the first goalie to score in a playoff game.

Along with being a goal scorer, Hextall also set every possible penalty-minutes record for a goalie. On two occasions he collected more than 100 in a season.

In his rookie season, 1986-87, Hextall took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final against the dynasty of the Edmonton Oilers. He played heroically in defeat and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

In the 1989 playoffs, he committed a foul late in the Flyers' final game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hextall skated into the corner and attacked Montreal defenceman Chris Chelios, hitting the surprised player repeatedly with his blocker. For that Hextall received a 12 game suspension to start the 1989-90 season, and upon returning he suffered a series of small injuries that limited him to eight games for the year.

And his stickwork wasn't confined to the enemy. He was invited to Team Canada's camp for the 1987 Canada Cup and during practice he chopped Sylvain Turgeon's arm because he was apparently too close in front of Hextall's goal. Turgeon's forearm was fractured and he missed the tournament. Hextall didn't play in that Canada Cup, but he did play at the World Championship in 1992, his only international participation.

After being traded to the Nordiques and the Islanders, Hextall finished his career once again with the Flyers, taking the team to the 1997 final before losing to the Detroit Red Wings, the closest he ever came to the Cup. After retiring, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2001.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1980-81 Melville Millionaires SJHL 37 7 24 0 0 6.57
1981-82 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 30 12 11 0 0 5.71 3 0 2 0 9.32
1982-83 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 44 13 30 0 0 5.77
1983-84 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 46 29 13 2 0 4.27 10 5 5 0 3.75
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 11 4 6 0 0 3.68
1984-85 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 19 6 11 1 0 4.35
1985-86 Hershey Bears AHL 53 30 19 2 5 3.41 13 5 7 1 3.23
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 37 21 6 1 3.00 26 15 11 2 2.77
1986-87 NHL All-Stars RV-87
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 30 22 7 0 3.50 7 2 4 0 4.75
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 30 28 6 0 3.23 15 8 7 0 3.32
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 4 2 1 0 4.15
1989-90 Hershey Bears AHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.67
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 13 16 5 0 3.13
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 16 21 6 3 3.40
1991-92 Canada WC-A 5 1 2 1 0 2.86
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 54 29 16 5 0 3.45 6 2 4 0 2.90
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 65 27 26 6 5 3.08 3 0 3 0 6.08
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 17 9 4 1 2.89 15 10 5 0 2.81
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 31 13 7 4 2.17 12 6 6 0 2.13
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 31 16 5 5 2.56 8 4 3 0 2.97
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 21 17 7 4 2.17 1 0 0 0 3.00
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 10 7 4 0 2.53
NHL Totals 608 296 214 69 23 2.97 93 47 43 2 3.03


Son of Bryan Jr.
AHL First All-Star Team (1986)
Dudley ``Red'' Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1986)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1987)
NHL First All-Star Team (1987)
Vezina Trophy (1987)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1987)
Scored a goal vs. Boston, December 8, 1987
Scored a goal in playoffs vs. Washington, April 11, 1989. Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988)
Traded to Quebec by Philadelphia with Steve Duchesne, Peter Forsberg, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Philadelphia's 1st round pick (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993 NHL Draft, $15,000,000 and future considerations (Chris Simon and Philadelphia's 1st round pick (later traded to Toronto - later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 NHL Draft, July 21, 1992) for Eric Lindros, June 30, 1992. Traded to NY Islanders by Quebec with Quebec's 1st round pick (Todd Bertuzzi) in 1993 NHL Draft for Mark Fitzpatrick and NY Islanders' 1st round pick (Adam Deadmarsh) in 1993 NHL Draft, June 20, 1993. Traded to Philadelphia by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 6th round pick (Dmitri Tertyshny) in 1995 NHL Draft for Tommy Soderstrom, September 22, 1994.
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