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Garry Monahan
Garry Monahan
Left Wing
Number: 11
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 199
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 20, 1946
Birthplace: Barrie, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Doug Piper for Pete Mahovlich and Bart Crashley on June 6, 1969.
Drafted: MTL / 1963 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall)
As a junior player, Garry Monahan displayed an offensive prowess that never followed him to the NHL. But he enjoyed it while it lasted. In 1966-67, he finished fourth in OHA scoring behind Derek Sanderson, Mickey Redmond, and Jim Lorentz.

But well before his scoring burst, the former Peterborough Pete became a ripe commodity for trivia buffs when he was selected as the first-ever draft choice in the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens picked him up in the league's first talent-fest in 1963.

But making it with the Habs would be nigh impossible. Over his two seasons with the organization, he spent most of his time in the minors. When he wasn't down below, he was vying against newcomer Jacques Lemaire for the only position available at the time. Needless to say, Monahan moved on to the Detroit Red Wings for a brief stop before heading west for a tiny stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 1969-70.

During the summer that followed, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he finally got his NHL career on solid footing. He was immediately cast in a role as the club's designated checker on a line with Billy MacMillan and Dave Keon. Over the four seasons that followed, Monahan plugged away as a hard-working, defensive forward who was good for his 30-plus points per campaign.

In 1974, however, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he continued to perform his usual role with the same, solid results until 1978. At that time, he was sent to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL for a brief time before rejoining the Leafs. He played one final big-league campaign in Toronto before heading to Japan. There he managed to sustain his career for three additional seasons with Seibu, a corporate-sponsored team, until his retirement in 1982.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89