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11-28-2012, 10:01 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
G Joe Daley
5'10, 160 lbs, Catches Left
1976, 1978, 1979 Avco Cup Champion
1976 WHA 1st Team All-Star
1977 WHA 2nd Team All-Star
Legends of Hockey
Despite playing 105 games in the NHL, Daley will be best remembered for the second stage of his career which began with the formation of the World Hockey Association in 1972. Daley was selected by his hometown club, the Winnipeg Jets and he would spend the next seven seasons; the duration of the WHA's existence, with them.
Daley served as the Jets back up in 1972-73, but he took the starting reigns the following year and enjoyed great success with them. In 1975-76 Daley won 41 games and backstopped the Jets to their first Avco Cup as league champions. By the time the WHA folded Daley was the winningest goaltender in league history and had three Avco Cup championships on his resume. When the league folded in 1979 and the Jets were absorbed into the NHL, Daley retired from hockey.
Legends of the Buffalo Sabres:
Goaltender Joe Daley was the first player ever added to the Buffalo Sabres roster. While most Sabres fans regard Hall of Fame center Gilbert Perreault as the "original Sabre", Daley was the first player selected by the organization in the 1970 Intra-League Draft on June 9, 1970, hours before the Expansion Draft would add several players to the fold, and a full day before Perreault would be taken first overall in the NHL Amatuer Draft.
Nicknamed "the Holy Goalie" during his 18 year career, Daley was one of the last professional goaltenders, and the only one in Buffalo Sabres history, to play without wearing a protective mask. It was only in the late 1970's, as a member of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, that Daley donned a mask for the first time.
Playing for the Sabres in that first season must have been trying for a goaltender. Buffalo's defense was notoriously pourous, often giving up more than 40 shots against in a game. On December 10, 1970, Daley set a team record which he still holds, facing 72 shots against in an 8-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. Not all of Daley's games for the Sabres were 70-plus shot shellings. He faced just 26 shots against on February 12, 1971 as he registered the second shutout in franchise history in a 3-0 win over the California Golden Seals at the Aud in Buffalo.
Daley finished the 1970-71 season with a record of 12 wins, 16 losses and 8 ties, with one shutout and a 3.70 GAA. His goals against was just slightly higher than Crozier's, and his win-loss record was slightly better.
WHA Hall of Fame
Joe Daley became the Winnipeg Jets' second announced signing during a press conference on the afternoon of 26 May 1972 at the International Inn.
Daley's finest seasons came in 1975-1976, when he backstopped the Jets to their first AVCO Cup championship, and in 1976-1977, when he was named the Jets' most valuable player as the Jets advanced to the finals for the second consecutive season.
Daley holds numerous Jets and WHA records. He was named as a WHA First Team All-Star selection following the 1975-1976 season, a Second Team selection following the 1976-1977 season, and was selected as the outstanding goaltender at the 1976 Izvestia Tournament in Moscow.
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