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Timothy James Ecclestone (born September 24, 1947) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1967 until 1978. Ecclestone played 692 career NHL games, scoring 126 goals and 233 assists for 359 points. He achieved two 50+ point seasons in his career.

Tim Ecclestone
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 72)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Atlanta Flames
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1964
New York Rangers
Playing career 1967–1978

Playing careerEdit

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Ecclestone began his career in Junior B with the Etobicoke Indians. After one season he was selected 9th overall by the New York Rangers at the age of 17, in the 1964 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He played one more season of Juniors, his time in Junior A with the Kitchener Rangers. Ecclestone signed with the New York Rangers following the 1966–67 season with Kitchener. However, his rights were traded to the St. Louis Blues immediately following the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.[2] Ecclestone played three seasons with the Blues before management became unhappy with Red Berenson's association with the NHL Players' Association and cleaned house. Since Ecclestone had some involvement with the NHLPA the Blues decided to trade him to the Detroit Red Wings.[1] The Wings were perennial losers at the time and after four season in Detroit, Ecclestone requested to be traded. The Wings accommodated his request and he was shipped off to the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1] Following a shoulder injury in his second season in Toronto, the leafs traded Ecclestone to the Washington Capitals who in turn traded him to the Atlanta Flames, on the same day. Following a knee injury during the 1977-78 season he served as an assistant coach for the Flames. Ecclestone retired at the end of the season but remained with the Flames as an assistant coach until they relocated to Calgary in 1980.[2]

Ecclestone remained in the Atlanta area following the departure of the Flames organization, as part owner of sports bar named Timothy-John's Restaurant and Lounge in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a restaurant he helped open during his years as a Flames assistant coach. In 1990, he opened his own sports bar, called T.J.'s Sports Bar and Grill, in Alpharetta, Georgia.[2]

TransactionsEdit

Thrashers FarewellEdit

In June 2011, Atlanta sports radio station 790 AM The Zone conducted a farewell to the Atlanta Thrashers, during which Ecclestone cited an interview he had done with local TV station WAGA. In the interview he noted that the Winnipeg area - where the Thrashers eventually moved - was the size of Georgia's Cobb County, yet its population was still large enough to keep the team (which became the Winnipeg Jets post-relocation) in town. He blamed poor management on the team's departure from Atlanta, and said that he considered himself a Thrashers fan.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1965–66 Etobicoke Indians MetJHL
1966–67 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 48 27 37 64 35 13 3 12 15 14
1967–68 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 6 8 14 16 12 1 2 3 2
1967–68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 13 4 4 8 9
1968–69 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 11 23 34 31 12 2 2 4 20
1969–70 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 16 21 37 59 16 3 4 7 48
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 15 24 39 34
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 4 10 14 13
1971–72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 18 35 53 33
1972–73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 18 30 48 28
1973–74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 0 5 5 6
1973–74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 9 14 23 32 4 0 1 1 0
1974–75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1974–75 Atlanta Flames NHL 62 13 21 34 34
1975–76 Atlanta Flames NHL 69 6 21 27 30
1976–77 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 9 18 27 26 3 0 2 2 6
1977–78 Atlanta Flames NHL 11 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
1977–78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 1 3 4 0
NHL totals 692 126 233 359 344 48 6 11 17 76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tim James Ecclestone". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. ^ a b c "1964 NHL DRAFT PICK: Tim Ecclestone". Hockey Draft Central.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tim Ecclestone career statistics". Hockey Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03.