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Jimniekamp

James Lawrence Niekamp (born March 11, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 383 games in the World Hockey Association and 29 games in the National Hockey League in 1970–1977. Jim played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Sharks and Phoenix Roadrunners.

He played junior hockey for the Saint Jerome Alouettes and the Hamilton Red Wings from 1964 to 1966. Turning pro in the Detroit Red Wings' system in 1966, Niekamp played in the minors until 1970-71. That season he got into 24 games for the Wings. The following season he played in five more games.

In 1972-73 he jumped to the Los Angeles Sharks of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After playing there for two years, Niekamp went to the Phoenix Roadrunners where he played for four seasons. He retired in 1978.

In 29 NHL games Niekamp scored 2 assists. In the WHA he scored 18 goals and 96 assists in 383 games.

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