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William Anthony Derlago, (born August 25, 1958) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League from 1978 to 1987 with the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques.

CareerEdit

Growing up, Derlago excelled at multiple sports, including golf, tennis, baseball, and hockey. It was hockey that garnered the most success and attention for the young Derlago, as he rewrote the WCJHL record books as a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 1970s. His standout junior career led to his being selected fourth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.

As a rookie with the Canucks in 1978–79, Derlago badly injured his knee and was limited to just 9 games, though he did score a respectable 8 points. Though he played well in Vancouver, he was unable to live up to the high expectations, and was traded to Toronto along with Rick Vaive for Tiger Williams and Jerry Butler on February 18, 1980.

In Toronto, Derlago developed into a star playmaker, working particularly well with Vaive, who was developing into a sniper. Though successful on the ice, questions were raised about Derlago's desire and self-discipline. He avoided all of the exercise regimes and extra practices that might have raised his game.

On October 11, 1985, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Tom Fergus. In Boston, Derlago was relegated to third- and fourth-line duty as a defensive forward. After only 39 games in Boston, he was again traded, this time to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Wade Campbell. Clearly on the downside of his career, Derlago lasted only a brief time with the Jets before he was sent to the Quebec Nordiques in 1987. Eighteen games later he was demoted to the Fredericton Express of the AHL. Derlago would spend one additional season in Italy before announcing his retirement in 1988.

Derlago currently resides in Concord, Ontario, and operates a Chrysler dealership.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974-75 Brandon Travellers MJHL 45 38 21 59 87 -- -- -- -- --
Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 17 0 4 4 2 5 1 1 2 0
1975-76 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 68 49 54 103 43 5 3 3 6 0
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 72 96 82 178 63 16 14 16 30 31
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 52 89 63 152 105 8 9 13 22 10
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 4 4 8 2 -- -- -- -- --
Dallas Black Hawks CHL 11 5 8 13 9 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 54 11 15 26 27 -- -- -- -- --
Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 5 12 17 13 3 0 0 0 4
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 35 39 74 26 3 1 0 1 2
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 34 50 84 42 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 13 24 37 27 4 3 0 3 2
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 40 20 60 50 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 31 31 62 21 -- -- -- -- --
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Boston Bruins NHL 39 5 16 21 15 -- -- -- -- --
Winnipeg Jets NHL 27 5 5 10 6 3 1 0 1 0
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 3 5 8 6 -- -- -- -- --
Quebec Nordiques NHL 30 3 6 9 12 -- -- -- -- --
Fredericton Express AHL 16 7 8 15 2 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 HC Ambri-Piotta NLA 28 10 18 28 4 2 5 7
NHL Totals 555 189 227 416 247 13 5 0 5 8

Awards & Achievements Edit

Career MovesEdit

  • Traded to Toronto by Vancouver with Rick Vaive for Tiger Williams and Jerry Butler, February 18, 1980.
  • Traded to Boston by Toronto for Tom Fergus, October 11, 1985.
  • Traded to Winnipeg by Boston for Wade Campbell, January 31, 1986.
  • Traded to Quebec by Winnipeg for Quebec's 4th round choice in 1989 Entry Draft, January 5, 1987.

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