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Longest length of time between NHL appearances?

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01-04-2013, 04:28 PM
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I'd have to say Carl Brewer. He last played in 1972 and then played for one single season in 1979-'80.

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Left mid season 1953-54, returned start 1967-68:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...huculfr01.html
Also, Larry Zeidel 53-54 then back in 67-68. There may be others that played in the NHL in early 50's, went to the minors than came back with expansion in 67-68.

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I'd have to say Carl Brewer. He last played in 1972 and then played for one single season in 1979-'80.
He certainly lost the most amount of hair between appearances.

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Also, Larry Zeidel 53-54 then back in 67-68. There may be others that played in the NHL in early 50's, went to the minors than came back with expansion in 67-68.
Larry Zeidel played thru the 1953-54 season, Hucul was sent to the minors mid season. Both started the 1967-68 NHL season with expansion teams - Zeidel with Philadelphia, Hucul with St. Louis.

Marcel Pelletier a back-up goalie, came close 1950-51 then 1962-63, pre expansion era:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...pellema01.html

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Moe Roberts?

1933-1934 New York Americans 1951-1952 Chicago Blackhawks.
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=17119

I guess he was some sort of emergency backup goalie?

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Moe Roberts?

1933-1934 New York Americans 1951-1952 Chicago Blackhawks.
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=17119

I guess he was some sort of emergency backup goalie?
One period injury replacement.

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Moe Roberts?

1933-1934 New York Americans 1951-1952 Chicago Blackhawks.
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=17119

I guess he was some sort of emergency backup goalie?
That's right - from http://hockeygoalies.org/bio/roberts.html :

On March 10, 1932, Moe replaced injured Roy Worters in the Americans' net. They won, 5-1, over the opposing New York Rangers.

On November 25, 1951, Roberts - then an assistant trainer with the Chicago Black Hawks - had to finish the third period for injured Harry Lumley in the Chicago net. Although he didn't yield a goal, his Hawks still fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-2.

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When Seals regular goalies Gilles Meloche and Marv Edwards went down with injuries in the disastrous 73-74 season, the team brought up minor-league Bob Champoux, who had previously played a total of one NHL game for Detroit in the 63-64 playoffs.




I did get to see one of his appearances when my Seals came to the Nassau Coliseum. The other goalie was Ted Tucker who I knew from reading The Hockey News cover-to-cover and boy was he surprised to hear someone yelling out his name as the team was coming up the ramp to take the ice.

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PlayerPOSStintsYears Between Stints
Maurice "Moe" Roberts G1934-5217
Fred "Stoneface" Hucul D1954-6813
Larry "The Rock" Zeidel D1954-6813
Roland Joe Matte D1930-4312
Marcel Pelletier G1951-6311
Dick Cherry D1957-6911
Gerry Foley RW1958-6910
Chuck Hamilton LW1962-7310
Ben "Benny" Grant G1934-449
Jean Marois G1944-549
Gordie Bell G1946-569
Dick Gamble LW1956-669
Dave "Hoss" Amadio D1958-689
Brian "Killer" Kilrea C1958-689
Roger Lafreniere LW1963-739
Bob Champoux G1964-749
Chris "Duke" Speyer D1925-348
Cliff Barton RW1931-408
Billy "Hard Rock" Dea LW1958-678
Gerry Mcnamara G1961-708
Jim "Moe" Morrison D1961-708
Gordie "Mr. Hockey" Howe RW1971-808
Francois Lacombe D1971-808
Dave Michayluk LW1983-928
Steve Bancroft D1993-028

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Also, Larry Zeidel 53-54 then back in 67-68. There may be others that played in the NHL in early 50's, went to the minors than came back with expansion in 67-68.
Zeidel was the first guy I thought of. Thanks for saving me the trouble of looking it up. His stick swinging duel with Eddie Shack is one of my most memorable hockey altercations.

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Not strictly NHL, but I see that Jack McCartan, goaltender of the 1960 US team, played for the Rangers in 1960-61, spend 12 years in the minors and then joined Minnesota of the WHA in 72-73.

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PlayerPOSStintsYears Between Stints
Maurice "Moe" Roberts G1934-5217
Fred "Stoneface" Hucul D1954-6813
Larry "The Rock" Zeidel D1954-6813
Roland Joe Matte D1930-4312
Marcel Pelletier G1951-6311
Dick Cherry D1957-6911
Gerry Foley RW1958-6910
Chuck Hamilton LW1962-7310
Ben "Benny" Grant G1934-449
Jean Marois G1944-549
Gordie Bell G1946-569
Dick Gamble LW1956-669
Dave "Hoss" Amadio D1958-689
Brian "Killer" Kilrea C1958-689
Roger Lafreniere LW1963-739
Bob Champoux G1964-749
Chris "Duke" Speyer D1925-348
Cliff Barton RW1931-408
Billy "Hard Rock" Dea LW1958-678
Gerry Mcnamara G1961-708
Jim "Moe" Morrison D1961-708
Gordie "Mr. Hockey" Howe RW1971-808
Francois Lacombe D1971-808
Dave Michayluk LW1983-928
Steve Bancroft D1993-028
Danish born Poul Popiel might be close to make the bottom of this list? [he was an American citizen when playing in NHL].

He played for
Boston 1965/66 (3 games),
Los Angeles 1967/68 (1 game + 3 Playoff),
Detroit 1968/70 (94 games + 1 playoff)
Vancouver 1970-1972 (116 games).
Edmonton 1979-1980 (10 games).

Had one really great season for Vancouver in 1970-71 (78 games, 10G 22A, +9).

So its at least 7 years, and maybe 8-9 based on when he was send from Vancouver to AHL in in 1971 or 1972 and when he played these 10 games for Edmonton (1979 or 1980?).

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05-02-2013, 10:57 AM
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One of the first names that came to mind without looking was Zdeno Ciger. I guess he falls just short of pnep's list, but if I remember correctly he was out of the NHL in the mid 90s and returned with the Rangers in 2001.

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Longest gap between NHL stints for AHL players?

The Jackets recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk, who hasn't played in the NHL since 09-10.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player...=12279&lang=en

This got me thinking: What's the longest gap between NHL stints for a player who stayed in the AHL/IHL.

Ideally, I'm not counting players like Zdeno Ciger http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=69982 who went home instead of playing in the minors.

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One would be Larry Zeidel, whose gap between NHL stints spans from about 1954 (being with both Detroit and Chicago) to 1967 when he became an original Philadelphia Flyer that year. During that time, he was with the Edmonton Flyers, Cleveland Barons, Hershey Bears (a teammate of Don Cherry's) and the one and only Seattle Totems.

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Not really what you're looking for, since he was in the CPHL, AHL, WHL, and EHL in between (although all in North America, so I counted it), but Bob Champoux:

http://hockeygoalies.org/bio/champoux.html

Played for the Red Wings in the 1964 Stanley Cup playoffs, and then didn't resurface until December 7, 1973, with the Golden Seals.

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One time "Retro" Rocket winner, Bronco Horvath was stuck in the minors for 6 seasons before getting another opportunity.

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I kind of feel this should be divided into "all-time" and "post-expansion." In the Original 6 days, when teams owned a player's rights for life and there were limited roster spots in the NHL, this was a lot more common.

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