Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roy Edwards
Roy Edwards played his junior hockey with the St. Catharines Teepees along with such future NHL stars as Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Then, at 21, he played for the world champion Whitby Dunlops in 1958, where one of his teammates was future Boston general manager Harry Sinden. Edwards had a perfect record in the tournament going 7-0-0 with a sparkling 0.86 GAA and three shutouts. The Canadians outscored their opposition 82-6.

Edwards played for ten teams in six pro leagues over a 17-year span, including the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL. He broke in with the Red Wings as a 30-year-old rookie in 1967-68 and won 68 games in his first four seasons before fracturing his skull during a 1971 game. He was named the Wings' MVP in 1969-70, beating out the legendary Gordie Howe. Edwards had planned on retiring after the 1970-71 season but was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He attended training camp and was the team's best goalie, but he opted to retire due to the after-effects of his head injury. Nonetheless, he got restless not playing and rejoined the Penguins partway through the season before promptly retiring again after just 15 games. The Red Wings reacquired Edward's rights before the 1972-73 season and he came out of retirement to post a league high six shutouts playing in 52 games for Detroit. He would retire for good at the age of 36 after dressing for four games in 1973-74.

Roy was the uncle of Don Edwards, star goalie for the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s and 1980s.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1955-56 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 41 26 12 3 1 3.90 6 0 4.33
1956-57 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 49 24 23 2 3 3.65 14 1 3.93
1957-58 Whitby Dunlops EOHL 7 0 3.00
1957-58 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 25 0 3.36
1957-58 Canada WEC-A 7 7 0 0 3 0.86
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 63 42 20 1 2 3.05 8 4 4 0 0 3.37
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 33 35 4 4 3.67
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 30 12 16 1 1 4.27
1960-61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 37 16 15 6 3 3.22 12 7 5 0 0 2.76
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL
1961-62 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds EPHL 36 4 26 6 1 4.36
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 10 1 8 1 0 5.20
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 8 3 5 0 0 4.00
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 23 44 2 0 3.97
1962-63 Spokane Comets WHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 47 14 27 6 2 3.30
1963-64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 3 1 1 1 0 2.66
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 65 12 47 6 1 4.65
1965-66 Buffalo Bisons AHL 40 15 22 2 3 3.52
1966-67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 39 9 24 5 0 5.07
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 15 15 8 0 3.50
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 9 8 0 1 4 1.33
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 18 11 6 4 2.54
1968-69 Fort Worth Wings CHL 10 4 2 3 0 3.00
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 24 15 6 2 2.59 4 0 3 0 3.20
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 11 19 7 0 3.39
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 2 8 4 0 2.55
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 27 17 7 6 2.63
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 3 0 0 5.78
NHL Totals 236 97 88 38 12 2.91 4 0 3 0 3.20


WHL Prairie Division First All-Star Team (1959)
Rookie of the Year Award - WHL Prairie Division (1959)
Claimed by Pittsburgh from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh for Hank Bassen, September 7, 1967. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Detroit, June 7, 1971.
Retired to recover from stress and nervous exhaustion, December 30, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh for cash, October 6, 1972. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Detroit, May 20, 1974.