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This Fort William minor hockey star showed his NHL potential early on, claiming Most Goals and MVP honours with the Elks. On the forward line with the Port Arthur Marrs Junior Club from 1966-70, he helped his team to the Memorial Cup finals in 1967. Known for his good sportsmanship he won the league's Clean Player Award three consecutive times. In his final junior year he won the League and Playoff MVP and Most Gentlemanly honours, the junior scoring title and was named Thunder Bay Athlete of the Year.

Picked up by the Fort William Hurricanes to compete in the Western Canadian Junior Playdowns, the Weyburn Red Wings added him to their roster to compete in the 1970 Memorial Cup finals. Earning a hockey scholarship to the University of Denver, he claimed the 1970-71 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) scoring title, NCAA West All-American honours and was named the 1971 Denver University Male Athlete of the Year.

Not surprisingly, his talents caught the eye of NHL scouts and in the 1971 amateur draft, he was the Los Angeles Kings first choice, going 34th overall. Donning #10, he joined the Kings roster for the 1972-73 season where his quick speed, scoring abilities and smart play-making earned him the King's eighth place scoring ranking and Top Rookie honours. Plagued by injuries he spent some time in the AHL, WHL and CHL during the next two seasons but was soon back with the Kings full-time, earning 6th place scoring honours in 1975-76 and 1976-77 and helping the Kings make it to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in both seasons. Finishing out his 7 year NHL career following the 1978-79 season, his NHL record included 61 goals and 101 assists in 430 regular season games.

Following a season in the AHL with the Binghampton Dusters, and time with the Thunder Bay Twins and the Davos Team in Switzerland, he turned his attention to the building side of the game, serving as a coach and manager in southern California, passing on his talents to future hockey stars, as well as, playing with the Los Angeles Kings Alumni Team.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2000

Vic Venasky

Fort William/Thunder Bay
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