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Ed Westfall

Ed Westfall
1963 Topps Ed Westfall.jpg
Born (1940-09-19) September 19, 1940 (age 81)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Playing career 1961–1979

Edwin Vernon Westfall (born September 19, 1940) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders from 1961 until 1978-79. Notable as a defensive specialist often tasked with defending against the star scorers of opposing teams, Westfall played most of his career as a right wing, although he played stints on defence in his earlier years and at centre in his later years. After his playing career ended, he became a color commentator on Islanders' broadcasts until 1998 when he retired from that position.

Playing career

Ed Westfall 1970s alumni bruins.jpg

He played his junior hockey with the Barrie Flyers and Niagara Falls Flyers,[1] and started his professional career with the Kingston Frontenacs. By 1961 he joined the Bruins, although he had stints the next two years with the Frontenacs and the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League (AHL). By 1966, he was firmly ensconced on Boston's checking line.

Westfall won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. He was on the ice on Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970[] and also scored the second of the three fastest goals in National Hockey League (NHL) history, when the Bruins scored three goals in 20 seconds in a 1971 game with the Vancouver Canucks.[2] During those seasons he made his reputation as a preeminent penalty killer (generally paired with centre Derek Sanderson or winger Don Marcotte), enough so that he was named to play in the All-Star Game in 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1975.[3] Westfall scored 18 shorthanded goals for Boston during the regular season and added six more in Stanley Cup play for the Bruins. The latter mark--which he shares with Sanderson--is still the club record.

Westfall was chosen by the New York Islanders in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft.[4] He was subsequently made the first captain of the team,[5] a position he held until the 1976-77 season. Westfall scored the first goal in franchise history[6] in their first game against the Atlanta Flames on October 7, 1972. Westfall was the first player to represent the Islanders in the NHL All-Star Game. His best season statistically was 1974-75, when Westfall led the Islanders into their first playoffs and all the way into the Stanley Cup semifinals, exploding in the playoffs with five goals and ten assists to cap a 22-goal, 55-point regular season.

He remained an effective scorer through the 1976-77 season, in which he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication, after which he relinquished the team captaincy to Clark Gillies. His scoring declined sharply in his final two seasons, during which he spent his time on checking lines and penalty killing.

Retirement

Westfall retired having played 1226 career NHL games, scoring 231 goals and 394 assists for 625 points.[3]

After the end of his playing days, Westfall became the Islanders' color commentator for what was then known as SportsChannel New York.[7] He was often dubbed "18" by his confidant and broadcasting partner Jiggs McDonald because during his playing career he wore that number. He was also known by that nickname by his former Islander teammates. Westfall continued in that position until he retired in 1998. Former NHL player Joe Micheletti took his spot in the broadcast booth.[8] He made occasional appearances on Islanders' broadcasts for several seasons after that.

Westfall was part of CTV's broadcast team for the 1984 Canada Cup tournament. He provided reports and did interviews from ice level.

On November 19, 2011, Westfall was inducted into the New York Islanders Hall of Fame. The Islanders held "Ed Westfall Night" in his honor. He and his former partner in the booth "Jiggs" McDonald called the second period in the game that night between two of his former teams, the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1957-58 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 51 3 10 13 60 4 0 0 0 4
1958-59 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 54 4 10 14 63 6 0 4 4 2
1959-60 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 7 28 35 63 6 0 4 4 28
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 1 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1960-61 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 9 45 54 72 7 2 7 9 6
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 63 2 9 11 53 -- -- -- -- --
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 48 1 11 12 34 -- -- -- -- --
1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 21 5 16 21 14 -- -- -- -- --
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 55 1 5 6 35 -- -- -- -- --
1963-64 Providence Reds AHL 13 1 3 4 8 3 0 0 0 4
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 68 12 15 27 65 -- -- -- -- --
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 59 9 21 30 42 -- -- -- -- --
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 24 36 26 -- -- -- -- --
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 73 14 22 36 38 4 2 0 2 2
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 70 18 24 42 22 10 3 7 10 11
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 72 14 22 36 28 14 3 5 8 4
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 78 25 34 59 48 7 1 2 3 2
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 77 18 26 44 19 15 4 3 7 10
1972-73 New York Islanders NHL 67 15 31 46 25 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 68 19 23 42 28 -- -- -- -- --
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 73 22 33 55 28 17 5 10 15 12
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 31 56 27 8 2 3 5 0
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 79 14 33 47 8 12 1 5 6 0
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 71 5 19 24 14 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 55 5 11 16 4 6 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 1226 231 394 625 544 95 22 37 59 41

See also

References

  1. ^ Ray Spiteri. "Former Niagara Falls Flyer Ed Westfall returns to Honeymoon Capital this weekend". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Fastest three goals, one team". Rauzulu's Street.com. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Ed Vernon Westfall". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "NYI Expansion Draft June 6, 1972". Isles Info.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Islanders of Yesteryear: Ed Westfall, '18'". Lighthouse Hockey.com. May 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Key Islander Dates". Islanders.NHL.com. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ George Vecsey (March 30, 1986). "It Hasn't Been A Good Week For Athletes In The Booth". The Times News. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "DUCKS NAME HARTSBURG COACH". NY Daily News.com. July 22, 1998. Retrieved 2010.[permanent dead link]

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Preceded by
Position created
New York Islanders captain
1972-77
Succeeded by
Clark Gillies

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