Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Daley
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 20th, 1943 goaltender Joe Daley spent seven years in the minors before his NHL opportunity was granted as a result of league expansion. Daley was claimed from the Red Wings by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1967 and made his NHL debut with them during the 1968-69 season.

Daley, who was known as "The Holy Goalie," played 29 games that season with the Penguins then nine more for them the following year. On June 9th, 1970 the Buffalo Sabres picked up Daley on waivers and he played a career high 38 games for them during the 1970-71 season.

Daley posted a 12-16-8 record for the Sabres, the best among the three netminders that played for them that year. Despite his success for the Buffalo, the Sabres opted to go with Roger Crozier and Dave Dryden for the next season and traded him to the Red Wings.

With the Wings Daley played the last games of his NHL career, appearing in 29 contests and posting an 11-10-5 record.

Despite playing 105 games in the NHL, Daley will be best remembered for the second stage of his career which began with the formation of the World Hockey Association in 1972. Daley was selected by his hometown club, the Winnipeg Jets and he would spend the next seven seasons; the duration of the WHA's existence, with them.

Daley served as the Jets back up in 1972-73, but he took the starting reigns the following year and enjoyed great success with them. In 1975-76 Daley won 41 games and backstopped the Jets to their first Avco Cup as league champions. By the time the WHA folded Daley was the winningest goaltender in league history and had three Avco Cup championships on his resume. When the league folded in 1979 and the Jets were absorbed into the NHL, Daley retired from hockey.

Joe Daley kept hockey in his life with his post-playing career when opened 'Joe Daley's Sports Cards' in Winnipeg.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1961-62 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 53 17 29 7 2 3.34
1961-62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
1962-63 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 51 28 17 6 3 2.98 8 1 3.19
1963-64 Johnstown Jets EHL 66 40 22 4 4 3.35 10 5 5 0 1 2.70
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.50 2 0 1 0 0 6.00
1964-65 Johnstown Jets EHL 72 41 31 0 2 4.06 5 2 3 0 1 3.80
1965-66 Memphis Wings CPHL 68 25 31 12 2 3.15
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 8 5 2 1 2 2.39
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 11 1 3 0 2.72
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 50 23 21 5 0 3.42 7 3 4 0 0 3.74
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 56 23 25 8 2 3.49
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 29 10 13 3 2 3.23
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 1 5 3 0 2.95
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 34 0 3.44 5 1 4 0 0 4.76
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 12 16 8 1 3.70
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 11 10 5 0 3.15
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 29 17 10 1 2 2.90 7 5 2 0 0 3.55
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 41 19 20 1 0 3.99 2 0 2 0 0 4.03
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 51 23 21 4 1 3.62
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 62 41 17 1 5 2.84 12 10 1 0 1 2.59
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 65 39 23 2 3 3.24 20 11 9 0 1 3.59
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 37 21 11 1 1 3.30 5 4 1 0 0 2.88
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 23 7 11 3 0 4.30 3 0 0 0 0 4.86
NHL Totals 105 34 44 19 3 3.35


SJHL Second All-Star Team (1962)
EHL Rookie of the Year (1964)
WHA First All-Star Team (1976)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1977)
Claimed by Pittsburgh from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Pittsburgh, June 9, 1970. Traded to Detroit by Buffalo for Don Luce and Mike Robitaille, May 25, 1971. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Cleveland (AHL) from Detroit in Reverse Draft, June, 1972.