Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- George Gardner
Goalie George "Bud" Gardner grew up in Quebec and remained in his home province until joining the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA Junior A loop as an overage player in 1962-63. The move proved well worthwhile as he helped the Flyers to the OHA championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup, eventually won by the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Gardner turned pro in 1963-64 playing as the number-one goalie for the Minneapolis Bruins of the CPHL. He played his first game in the NHL in 1965-66 with the Detroit Red Wings earning a victory. The following year he was between the pipes for eleven Red Wings' games and 12 in 1967-68. But with Roger Crozier and Roy Edwards ahead of him on the depth chart, there really was not many opportunities for Gardner to be called upon.

After toiling in the minors for a couple of years, Gardner was back in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in their inaugural season in 1970-71, backstopping 18 games. His busiest NHL season was his last in the league, 1971-72, when he was in goal for 24 Vancouver games. The rival WHA began in 1972-73 and Gardner jumped to the rival league, signing with the Los Angeles Sharks where he was the team's starting netminder playing in 49 games. Early the next year he was traded to the Vancouver Blazers where he played another 28 games retiring at the end of the 1973-74 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1961-62 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 49 28 19 2 3 3.51 10 7 3 0 2 2.10
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 50 3 2.92 9 0 2.33
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 15 9 6 0 1 3.30
1963-64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 63 30 27 6 1 3.63 5 1 4 0 0 4.20
1964-65 Memphis Wings CPHL 66 25 32 9 1 3.47
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 66 34 30 1 7 2.99 3 0 3 0 0 4.67
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 3 6 0 0 3.86
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 28 18 6 4 2 2.71
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 16 4 9 3 0 4.50
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 3 2 2 0 3.60
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 12 4 7 0 0 3.44
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 53 25 18 9 2 3.01
1969-70 Vancouver Canucks WHL 62 41 14 6 3 2.89 11 8 3 0 0 3.16
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 6 8 1 0 3.38
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 4 0 1 3 0 3.25
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 3 14 3 0 4.17
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 49 19 22 4 1 3.30 3 1 2 0 0 5.69
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 2 0 2 0 0 6.50
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 28 4 21 1 0 4.72
1973-74 Roanoke Valley Rebels SHL 4 0 4.41
NHL Totals 66 16 30 6 0 3.74


AHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
Leading Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1970)
Claimed by Boston from Kingston (EPHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Claimed by Detroit from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1964. Promoted to Detroit from Pittsburgh (AHL) to replace Roger Crozier, March 20, 1966. (Detroit 6, Toronto 1). Claimed by Rochester (AHL) from Detroit in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968. NHL rights transferred to Vancouver after NHL club purchased Vancouver (WHL) franchise, December 19, 1969. Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver (WHA) by LA Sharks (WHA) with future considerations (Ralph MacSweyn, November 5, 1973) for Ron Ward, October, 1973.