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John Arbour
Johnarbour
Position Defence
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Fighting Saints(WHA)
Calgary Cowboys(WHA)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 28, 1945(1945-09-28),
Niagara Falls, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1965 – 1977


John Gilbert Arbour (born September 28, 1945 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in both the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association. A stocky, physical defenceman, Arbour also developed an offensive dimension to his game later in his career.

Playing careerEdit

NHL yearsEdit

Arbour came up through the Boston Bruins organization, but only played 6 games in Boston before being sold to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1968. He appeared in 17 games for the Penguins in 1968–69, but found himself in the WHL for 1969–70 with the Vancouver Canucks. After a fine season in Vancouver, Arbour was one of 6 players to remain a Vancouver Canuck when the team became an NHL franchise the following year. However, he only lasted 13 games before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues. 1970–71 would be his only full NHL campaign, as he appeared in 66 games between Vancouver and St. Louis, recording his only career NHL goal and 7 points. The following year he appeared in 17 more games for the Blues, but again found himself mainly in the WHL.

WHA yearsEdit

Arbour jumped to the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972, joining the Minnesota Fighting Saints. In Minnesota, he experienced the most successful portion of his pro career. He immediately established himself as one of the club's top defenceman, finishing his first season with 6 goals and 33 points, along with 186 penalty minutes. In 1973–74, his numbers continued to improve, as he led the Saints' defenceman in scoring with 6 goals and 49 points. In 1974–75, he posted career highs of 12 goals and 55 points, again the highest-scoring defenceman on his team.

Early in the 1975–76 season, he was dealt to the Denver Spurs, who ultimately folded mid-season. For 1976–77, he found himself back with the Fighting Saints, but finished out the season with the Calgary Cowboys after Minnesota, too, folded mid-year. He then chose to retire from pro hockey.

Arbour appeared in 106 NHL games, recording 1 goal and 10 points, along with 149 PIM. He also recorded 30 goals and 194 points in 335 WHA games, along with 568 PIM.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963–64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 56 12 6 18 0 -- -- -- -- --
1965–66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 47 13 31 44 196 -- -- -- -- --
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1965–66 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1966–67 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 67 3 21 24 140 9 0 1 1 11
1967–68 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 62 2 15 17 224 7 1 0 1 42
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 11 -- -- -- -- --
1968–69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 59 4 17 21 157 4 0 0 0 15
1968–69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 2 2 35 -- -- -- -- --
1969–70 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 7 28 35 251 11 2 3 5 42
1970–71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 0 0 12 -- -- -- -- --
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 1 6 7 81 5 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Denver Spurs WHL 20 4 12 16 73 -- -- -- -- --
1971–72 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 0 0 0 10 -- -- -- -- --
1972–73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 76 6 27 33 186 6 0 3 3 22
1973–74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 77 6 43 49 192 11 3 6 9 27
1974–75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 70 12 43 55 67 12 0 6 6 23
1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 7 0 4 4 14 -- -- -- -- --
1975–76 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics WHA 35 2 13 15 49 -- -- -- -- --
1976–77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 37 1 15 16 38 -- -- -- -- --
1976–77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 33 3 19 22 22 -- -- -- -- --
WHA Totals 335 30 164 194 568 29 3 15 18 72
NHL Totals 106 1 9 10 149 5 0 0 0 0

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