Orest Kindrachuk

Orest Michael Kindrachuk (born September 14, 1950) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Orest Kindrachuk
Born (1950-09-14) September 14, 1950 (age 70)
Nanton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1971–1982

Early lifeEdit

Born in Nanton, Alberta, Canada, his parents were Ukrainian immigrants and his first language was Ukrainian.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Kindrachuk played his junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades. He was not drafted and instead joined the San Diego Gulls after signing as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers in July 1971. He made his NHL debut in the 1972–73 season, and joined the Flyers full-time in the 1973–74 season.

Kindrachuk became an important part of the Flyers team as he helped them to win Stanley Cups as a rookie in 1974 as well as 1975. "Little O" Kindrachuk spent much of his time in Philadelphia centering Dave "The Hammer" Schultz and Don "Big Bird" Saleski on the team's third line. He played for the Flyers for six seasons.

Kindrachuk was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to the 1978–79 NHL season, where he would play for three seasons as the team's captain. He signed with the Washington Capitals in 1981, but would only play 4 games before he was forced to retire due to injuries.

Life after hockeyEdit

After hockey, Kindrachuk went into the insurance and packaging industry in the Philadelphia area.[2] In August 2012 he became a US citizen.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 58 24 37 61 44 7 1 3 4 20
1968–69 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 41 21 25 46 33 4 1 1 2 0
1969–70 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 4 3 4 7 5 5 2 4 6 25
1970–71 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 61 49 100 149 103 5 2 4 6 25
1971–72 San Diego Gulls WHL 61 18 36 54 77 4 1 1 2 0
1972–73 Richmond Robins AHL 72 35 51 86 133 3 0 1 1 10
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 11 30 41 85 17 5 4 9 17
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 10 21 31 72 14 0 2 2 12
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 26 49 75 101 16 4 7 11 4
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 15 36 51 79 10 2 1 3 0
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 17 45 62 128 12 5 5 10 13
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 18 42 60 84 7 4 1 5 7
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 52 17 29 46 63
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 3 9 12 34
1981–82 Washington Capitals NHL 4 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 508 118 261 379 648 76 20 20 40 53

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flyers interviews". Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Hockey Forum". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Philly Sports Central". Retrieved 15 September 2012.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jean Pronovost
Pittsburgh Penguins captain
197881
Succeeded by
Randy Carlyle