Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Head
Goaltender Don Head was a highly decorated, multiple All-Star in the Western Hockey League but he also spent a single season in the National Hockey League.

Head played Senior hockey in Stratford and Windsor, then moved on to the Northern Ontario Hockey Association for two years before rejoining Windsor for another season of Senior play. That season he also joined Team Canada for the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Sqaw Valley, California.

Head's solid play backstopped the Canadians to a 5-1 record and a silver medal. His rock solid netminding earned him a contract offer from the WHL's Portland Buckaroos for the 1960-61 campaign.

Head enjoyed a banner year his first season in Portland by leading the league in games played, wins, shutouts and goals against average. He was named rookie of the year, goaltender of the year and First Team All-Star for efforts. He then capped his amazing season by winning ten more games in the playoffs and adding two more shutouts en route to leading his team to a championship title.

The Bruins, who were using Portland as a farm team, decided they liked what they saw in the young goaltender and made a deal to bring him to Beantown.

The 1961-62 season saw Head become a starter in the National Hockey League, though the lowly Bruins weren't the ideal franchise to break in with. While Head stole the starting job from incumbent Bruce Gamble, he wasn't able to do much with the role posting just nine victories in his 38 starts. At the end of the season, the Bruins dealt Head back to the Buckaroos and his NHL career was over.

Back in Portland Head picked up exactly where he left off. He better his win total from his rookie year when he once again led the league with 43 victories. Once again he was a First Team All-Star and he repeated as the league's top netminder. For the next four years Head was a star for the Buckaroos before he left the team to join the Seattle Totems in 1967.

Head was very successful during his first year with the Totems earning his third and final First All-Star berth, though the 1967-68 season would prove to be his last hurrah. Though he had one more solid year with Seattle, his numbers began to slip. During his final two years with the club he was relegated to a back-up role and managed just 12 wins over his final two seasons before hanging up his goal pads following the 1970-71 campaign.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1950-51 Weston Dukes OHA-B
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 37 4 2.87
1952-53 Weston Dukes OHA-B
1953-54 Stratford Indians OHA-Sr. 14 1 3.79
1954-55 Stratford Indians OHA-Sr. 13 0 3.77
1955-56 Stratford Indians OHA-Sr. 47 3 3.96 6 0 4.17
1956-57 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 50 30 17 3 6 2.88 12 0 4.17
1957-58 Chatham Maroons NOHA 49 3 3.43
1958-59 Chatham Maroons NOHA 47 6 3.23 10 1 2.70
1959-60 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 48 3 2.90 17 3 2.76
1959-60 Canada Olympics 7 5 1 0 2 1.87
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 38 23 9 7 2.69 14 10 4 0 2 2.13
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 38 9 26 3 2 4.16
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 5 3 1 1 0 3.20
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 43 21 6 4 2.54 7 3 4 0 0 3.12
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 16 6 9 1 0 3.64
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 51 26 20 4 3 3.00 9 8 1 0 3 1.41
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 36 20 12 3 4 2.79
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 44 26 13 5 3 2.65 4 0 3 0 0 2.67
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 46 23 19 4 3 2.52 9 8 1 0 2 2.17
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 44 22 13 4 1 3.03 4 0 4 0 0 4.65
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 20 8 10 2 0 3.55
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 16 4 7 3 0 3.51
NHL Totals 38 9 26 3 2 4.15


NOHA First All-Star Team (1959)
WHL First All-Star Team (1961, 1963, 1968)
Rookie of the Year Award - WHL (1961)
Outstanding Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1961, 1963)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1965, 1966)
Outstanding Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - (WHL) (1966) (shared with Dave Kelly)
Traded to Chatham (NOHA) by Windsor (OHA-Sr.) for Marv Edwards, October, 1957. Traded to Boston by Portland (WHL) for Jack Bionda and future considerations (Gene Achtymichuk and Don Ward (August, 1961) and the loan of Bruce Gamble (September, 1961), May, 1961. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Boston for cash, June 10, 1962. Traded to Seattle (WHL) by Portland (WHL) for Jim McLeod and cash, September, 1967.