Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Rutledge
Goalie Wayne Rutledge spent parts of three years with the LA Kings in the 60s and 70s. He was better known as a top star in the WHA and the minors.

Born in Barrie, Ontario, Rutledge played with the hometown Flyers and stayed with the franchise when it moved to Niagara Falls. He bounced around the minors for a few years and was a two-time all-star in the CHL and won the Terry Sawchuk Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league with the Minnesota Rangers in 1965-66.

Rutledge then joined the expansion LA Kings and split the goalkeeping chores with the legendary Sawchuk. On October 14, 1967 he backstopped the club to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in its NHL debut. He won 20 games that year and played two more years with the club before he was sent down to the minors. In 1972 he was named to the WHL second all-star team after leading the league in minutes played as a member of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.

In 1972-73 Rutledge debuted with the Houston Aeros as they took part in the WHA's inaugural season. He was a solid performer for the club through the 1978 season and helped them win the Avco Cup in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1958-59 Newmarket Flyers OHA-C
1959-60 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 24 18 6 3 3.55 6 0 5.00
1960-61 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 47 22 20 5 2 3.42 6 0 6.17
1961-62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 43 2 3.79 10 0 3.60
1962-63 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 30 2 3.17 11 3 2.00
1962-63 Clinton Comets EHL 5 1 4.00
1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 4 3 1 0 0 2.25
1962-63 Windsor Bulldogs Al-Cup 13 11 2 0 1 2.58
1963-64 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 65 0 3.74 6 2 4 0 0 3.33
1964-65 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 39 22 16 1 2 3.47
1965-66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 70 34 25 11 7 2.81 7 3 4 0 1 2.51
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 36 24 10 2 2.90 12 5 7 0 1 2.91
1967-68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 20 18 4 2 2.87 3 1 1 0 3.22
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 17 6 7 4 0 3.65 5 1 3 0 3.14
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 2 12 1 0 4.25
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 6 0 4.06
1969-70 Long Island Ducks EHL 3 0 7.00
1970-71 Denver Spurs WHL 47 15 18 12 3 3.22 3 1 2 0 0 3.94
1971-72 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 60 24 27 8 1 3.51
1972-73 Houston Aeros WHA 36 20 14 2 0 3.05 7 4 3 0 0 2.84
1973-74 Houston Aeros WHA 25 12 12 1 0 3.34
1974-75 Houston Aeros WHA 35 20 15 0 2 3.23
1975-76 Houston Aeros WHA 25 14 10 0 1 3.17 4 1 2 0 0 3.00
1976-77 Houston Aeros WHA 42 23 14 4 3 3.15 2 2 0 0 0 2.00
1977-78 Houston Aeros WHA 12 4 7 0 0 4.45 3 1 2 0 0 3.66
1978-79 Orillia Terriers OHA-Int. 17 0 7.00
NHL Totals 82 28 37 9 2 3.34 8 2 4 0 3.17


CPHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
Fewest goals against - CPHL (1966)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1967)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Claimed by Los Angeles from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Claimed by Salt Lake (WHL) from Los Angeles in Reverse Draft, June, 1971. Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.