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Pierre Jarry
Pierre Jarry
Left Wing
Number: 17
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 30, 1949
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Tim Ecclestone on November 29, 1973.
Drafted: NYR / 1969 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 1st (12th overall)
Left winger Pierre Jarry played over 300 NHL games in the 1970s for four different clubs. He showed flashes of his offensive potential but lacked the grit to fight off checkers and win the battles in the corners on a regular basis.

Born in Montreal, Jarry never wanted to suit up for the Canadiens because they were so deep in talent and he felt his chances of playing in the NHL were greater elsewhere. In junior he suited up for the Sherbrooke Castors in 1966-67 then joined the Ottawa 67's of the OHA for two years. After scoring 77 goals over those two seasons he was chosen 12th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1969 amateur draft. The Rangers sent him to the Omaha Knights of the CHL to hone his skills and Jarry responded with 26 goals the first year and a league-high 46 the next. Following the 1970-71 season he was voted on to the CHL first all-star team.

Jarry debuted with the Rangers in 1971-72 and proved to be a useful role player on one of the NHL's most talented teams. After New York acquired winger Gene Carr in 1972, Jarry was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for rugged defenceman Jim Dorey. The deal made sense for both clubs since Toronto was in need of an offensive boost and the Rangers were a bit short on grit heading into the postseason. Jarry joined his new team in time to catch the bus heading for a game at the Spectrum versus the Flyers and had his unfamiliarity exacerbated when Jacques Plante introduced Paul Henderson to him as Norm Ullman!

Jarry scored 19 goals during his only full season in Toronto, in 1972-73. Early the next year he was sent to Detroit for checker Tim Ecclestone and played 91 games in Motown over two seasons. After being traded to the Minnesota North Stars, Jarry registered a career-high 21 goals in 1975-76 before he began to struggle with injuries. Jarry retired after the 1977-78 season with 205 career points in the NHL.

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