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Leaf of the Day - Nov 12, 2008 - Orland Kurtenbach

Nov 12, 2008 - Orland Kurtenbach

Orland Kurtenbach just played one season in Toronto, 1965-66, and so far as I can tell, it was notable solely for the one game in which he beat the bejeebers out of Montreal's sorta tough Terry Harper.  Harper would respond by deflecting the Stanley Cup-winning goal into his own net the next season. 

Take that, Leafs.

Orland was this great big tough centre that went from team to team, presumably as each tried in turn to get his game to click.  It finally happened for him with the expansion Vancouver Canucks, for whom he served as captain for a couple of seasons.

There is a grand total of one youtube clip of Orland out there, fighting Wayne Cashman in 1969-70.  Tell me again how it was that players respected each other more in the old days?



Interesting that he came to Toronto with a smallish puck-moving defenseman that Toronto never found room for - a guy named Pat Stapleton.  He might have been useful post-expansion....

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1953-54      Prince Albert Mintos      SJHL      47      29      40      69      48           15      11      10      21      14
1954-55     Prince Albert Mintos     SJHL     48     30     41     71     57         10     8     7     15     0
1954-55     Saskatoon Quakers     WHL     1     0     0     0     0                        
1955-56     Prince Albert Mintos     SJHL     43     41     38     79     66         12     5     12     17     13
1955-56     Saskatoon Quakers     WHL     3     0     0     0     4         2     0     0     0     0
1955-56     Flin Flon Bombers     M-Cup     5     1     3     4     2                        
1956-57     Prince Albert Mintos     SJHL     50     48     54     102     115         13     5     11     16     13
1956-57     Flin Flon Bombers     M-Cup     5     1     3     4     2                        
1957-58     Vancouver Canucks     WHL     52     15     39     54     58         8     3     3     6     8
1958-59     Buffalo Bisons     AHL     70     9     14     23     73         7     0     0     0     0
1959-60     Springfield Indians     AHL     14     0     6     6     17                        
1959-60     Vancouver Canucks     WHL     42     11     27     38     51         11     1     5     6     11
1960-61     New York Rangers     NHL     10     0     6     6     2                        
1960-61     Vancouver Canucks     WHL     55     20     27     47     31                        
1961-62     Boston Bruins     NHL     8     0     0     0     6                        
1961-62     Providence Reds     AHL     64     31     33     64     51         3     1     1     2     5
1962-63     San Francisco Seals     WHL     70     30     57     87     94         17     4     13     17     51
1963-64     Boston Bruins     NHL     70     12     25     37     91                        
1964-65     Boston Bruins     NHL     64     6     20     26     86                        
1965-66     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     70     9     6     15     54         4     0     0     0     20
1966-67     New York Rangers     NHL     60     11     25     36     58         3     0     2     2     0
1967-68     New York Rangers     NHL     73     15     20     35     82     +5     6     1     0     1     26
1968-69     New York Rangers     NHL     2     0     0     0     2     0                    
1968-69     Omaha Knights     CHL     1     0     0     0     0                        
1969-70     New York Rangers     NHL     53     4     10     14     47     +4     6     1     2     3     24
1969-70     Buffalo Bisons     AHL     6     1     5     6     2                        
1970-71     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     52     21     32     53     84     -1                    
1971-72     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     78     24     37     61     48     -2                    
1972-73     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     47     9     19     28     38     -14                    
1973-74     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     52     8     13     21     30     -30                    
1974-75     Seattle Totems     WHL                                            
Leaf Totals     70     9     6     15     54         4     0     0     0     20
NHL Totals     639     119     213     332     628         19     2     4     6     70

Rookie of the Year Award - WHL Coast Division (1958)

- Claimed by Boston from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961.
- Traded to San Francisco (WHL) by Boston with Ed Panagabko and future considerations (Gerry Ouellette, July 7, 1963) for Larry McNabb and cash, July 26, 1962.
- Traded to Boston by San Francisco (WHL) for cash, October, 1963.
- Traded to Toronto by Boston with Pat Stapleton and Andy Hebenton for Ron Stewart, June 8, 1965.
- Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Intra-league Draft, June 15, 1966.

- Claimed by Vancouver from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970.

the HHOF take on Orland:

Centre Orland Kurtenbach was a solid two-way centre who played for four different NHL teams in a career that spanned a decade and a half. He was best known for his toughness and leadership and for the fact that he was among the best fighters in the NHL.

Born in Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Kurtenbach starred with the Prince Albert Mintos of the SJHL before turning pro with the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL in 1957-58. That year he scored 54 points in 52 games and was named the Coast Division rookie-of-the-year. He spent most of his first seven pro seasons in the minors save for a brief appearance with the New York Rangers in 1960-61 and the Boston Bruins the following season.

Between 1963 and 1965 Kurtenbach saw full time duty with the Bruins playing with Dean Prentice and Andy Hebenton. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1965-66 season and impressed in the pre-season by tying Bob Pulford as the club's top point getter. Kurtenbach played one year in Hogtown before spending four years with his original team, the Rangers.

When the Vancouver Canucks were stocking their first ever roster at the 1970 expansion draft, they jumped at the chance to pick Kurtenbach and name him team captain. He thrived in his prominent role with consecutive 20-goal seasons before injuries began to reduce his playing time. He retired in 1974 to coach the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League.


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I believe the answer to that question was Maurice Richard.  Don't scratch your monitor trying to get to the answer....

 

 

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