Net minder Ted Tucker was property of the Montreal Canadiens and the Atlanta Flames before he finally landed with the NHL club that he would make his big league debut with. Tucker, who spent two seasons with the Montreal Junior Canadiens turned pro in the Eastern Hockey League and made a major splash by winning the Rookie of the Year award as well as being named to the First All-Star Team. Tucker repeated as a league All-Star in his second campaign and had a solid third season as well, but the Canadiens, with the emergence of Ken Dryden had no need for a goaltender and sold his rights to the Atlanta Flames in June of 1972. Tucker spent the next year in the minors without getting a chance from the Flames and was sold again, this time to the California Golden Seals.
With the Seals, Tucker was finally granted an opportunity to play at the NHL level. Tucker appeared in five games for California and was able to record a win, a loss and a tie in that time. It would prove to be the only exposure Tucker would get in the NHL.
The next four years were spent stopping pucks in the International Hockey League primarily with the Toledo Goaldiggers. In 1978-79 Tucker took the season off but returned the following year to play for the IHL's Dayton Gems. During his comeback season the Gems dealt him to the Saginaw Gears where he finished that season and he spent his final year with them as well. Tucker retired from the game after playing 40 games for the Gears in 1980-81.