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Leaf of the Day - Jan 12, 2009 - 1978-79 - Paul Harrison

Jan 12, 2009 - 1978-79 - Paul Harrison

(Note: Mondays, we'll have players from the 1978-79 team, 30 years ago this year. They'll appear in alphabetical order.)

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Paul Harrison joined the Leafs in 1978-79 (evidenced by the airbrush job above) and would play this season and the next as Mike Palmateer's backup.  The Leafs were a team that was starting to weaken and Paul didn't post a winning record in either season.

I can't say that I know much about Paul save for the fact that he had a kickin' mask and could have served as a model for Ken Danby (he didn't, but he's got that kind of look about him)>

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via www.legendsofhockey.net


There haven't been too many occasions in recent years when the Leafs backup goaltender was a legitimate option.  These teams were hovering near .500, yet Palmateer's record was typically much better than that.  Better backup goaltending might have changed a lot of things over the years.

Paul's stats:

1973-74   Oshawa Generals   OHA-Jr.   33       1 3.99          
1974-75  Oshawa Generals  OMJHL  34


2 4.5 4


0 4.25
1975-76  Minnesota North Stars  NHL  6 0 4 1 0 5.47





1975-76  Providence Reds  AHL  3 1 1 1 0 5.38





1976-77  Minnesota North Stars  NHL  2 0 2 0 0 5.5





1976-77  New Haven Nighthawks  AHL  55 32 17 6 2 3.16 6 2 4 0 0 4.13
1977-78  Minnesota North Stars  NHL  27 6 16 2 1 3.82





1978-79  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL  25 8 12 3 1 3.51 2 0 1
0 4.62
1979-80  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL  30 9 17 2 0 4.42





1979-80  New Brunswick Hawks  AHL  9 4 3 1 0 3.71





1980-81  Dallas Black Hawks  CHL  37 24 7 2 4 2.7 4


0 5.33
1980-81  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL 





1 0 0
0 1.50
1981-82  Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL  13 3 7 0 0 5.49





1981-82  Buffalo Sabres  NHL  6 2 1 1 0 3.67 1 0 0
0 2.31
1982-83  Rochester Americans  AHL  29 11 11 3 0 4.3 3 0 0 0 0 0.00


Leaf Totals  55 17 29 5 1 3.98 3 0 1
0 3.66


NHL Totals  109 28 59 9 2 4.21 4 0 1
0 3.43


AHL Second All-Star Team (1977)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
Terry Sawchuk Trophy (fewest goals against - CHL) (1981) (shared with Ken Ellacott)

- Traded to Toronto by Minnesota for Toronto's 4th round choice (Terry Tait) in 1981 Entry Draft, June 14, 1978.
- Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for future considerations, September 11, 1981.

- Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Pittsburgh, February 8, 1982.


the HHOF take on Paul:

After playing two seasons of junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals, Paul Harrison was drafted by Minnesota in 1975. During his first two seasons with the North Stars, he played eight games in the NHL. When he wasn't with the Stars in the 1976-77 season, he was setting records in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks. Harrison played a league leading 55 games for the Nighthawks, totaling 3,265 minutes and posting 32 wins. He was named to the AHL Second All-Star team.

He spent all the following season in the NHL, again with the North Stars, who soon after traded him to Toronto for a fourth round pick in the 1981 Entry Draft. He got 30 starts to the Leafs during the 1979-80 season, but with a 9-17-2 record he found himself back in the AHL. In 1980-81, he moved to the CHL, where he played 37 games for the Dallas Black Hawks and posted a league leading four shutouts. He made one last appearance for the Leafs during the playoffs before being traded to Pittsburgh in September 1981. After 13 games with the Penguins, Buffalo claimed him off waivers. His last game in the NHL was a playoff appearance for the Sabres in 1982.

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