Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Robbie Irons
Goalie Robbie Irons enjoyed a solid minor league career spent mostly with the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL. He was considered a decent player but not quite good enough for the big leagues on a consistent basis. Through a series of unusual circumstances he made a brief appearance in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues.

Born in Toronto, Irons starred for the OHA's Kitchener Rangers and led the league with three shutouts in 1966-67. The next year he joined Fort Wayne and remained in the minors until 1981 apart from his short stint in the NHL.

Irons was originally the property of the New York Rangers. He was acquired along with Camille Henry and Bill Plager for Don Caley and Wayne Rivers in June 1968. The next year, he was an emergency back up on the bench when he replaced Glenn Hall for three minutes and did not allow a goal. His three minute stay in the NHL set a league record for the fewest career minutes played by a big league goalie.

The solid backstopper's minor pro credentials were the complete reverse of his NHL tenure. Irons guarded the Komets' net for parts of three decades before retiring in 1981. He left the game to take a position with the same soft drink company with which he traditionally worked in the off-season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1964-65 Etobicoke Indians ON-Jr.B
1965-66 Etobicoke Indians ON-Jr.B
1966-67 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 33 3 2.94 13 0 3.77
1967-68 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 43 1 3.35 5 1 3 0 0 4.35
1968-69 Kansas City Blues CHL 24 0 3.80
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 30 10 16 4 2 3.47
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 6 0 3.83
1970-71 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 31 1 2.25 4 0 4 0 0 5.50
1971-72 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 21 1 4.00
1972-73 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 46 2 2.89 1 1 0 0 1 0.00
1973-74 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 47 2 3.29
1974-75 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 46 2 3.27
1975-76 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 63 1 3.60 9 5 4 0 0 5.44
1976-77 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 41 1 3.70
1977-78 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 39 0 3.60 7 0 3.76
1978-79 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 54 1 3.90 13 7 6 0 0 4.29
1979-80 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 41 1 4.03 14 1 3.28
1980-81 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 51 0 3.71 11 0 4.45
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0 0.00


James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1973) (shared with Don Atchison)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Camille Henry and Bill Plager for Don Caley and Wayne Rivers, June 13, 1968.
Replaced Glenn Hall in 1st period vs. NY Rangers after Hall was given a game misconduct, November 13, 1968. Shares NHL record with Christian Soucy for having shortest career (three minutes) in league history.