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Earl Balfour
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Born January 4 1933 (1933-01-04) (age 83),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1952 – 1961

Earl Frederick "Spider" Balfour (Born January 4, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario) was a National Hockey League left winger from 1952 to 1961. He was a defensive forward and penalty-killing expert. Balfour won the Stanley Cup with the 1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks.

He played junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros from 1949 to 1952. While stull a junior, he played in three games for the Leafs in 1951-52.

From 1952 to 1958 he split his time between the Leafs and the minors and spent one full season in the NHL (1955-56). In 1958 he was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the intra league draft. He played three full seasons as a Hawks regular and won the Stanley Cup in 1961.

In 1961 he was picked up by the Boston Bruins but stormed out of training camp after a run in with coach Phil Watson. He played two seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins then sat out a season to be reinstated as an amateur.

He played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey Association's Senior A league and retired in 1969.

He retired after 288 games, posting 30 goals, 22 assists, 52 points and just 78 penalty minutes.

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