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Wayne Rivers
Wayne Rivers
Right Wing
Number: 15
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 177
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 1, 1942
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Wayne Rivers played his junior hockey with the hometown Hamilton Tiger Cats of the OHA between 1960 and 1962. During that time, he picked up his first two NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings before being dispatched to the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

Such was the pattern of Rivers' National League career. As a journeyman winger, he was the kind of insurance that original six clubs liked to keep in the minors for special needs. In 1963, the Bruins picked up his policy in an intra-league draft. He remained in their organization, appearing in a handful of Bruins games each year while passing most of each campaign in Hershey.

But then, in 1967, the NHL doubled in size, creating plenty of new big-league jobs. The fledgling St. Louis Blues claimed him in the expansion draft. He started their first season with high hopes for consistency. But as was the case throughout the 1960s, he lasted only 22 games and was then dispatched to the Kansas City Blues of the CHL.

In 1968, Rivers was traded to the New York Rangers where he played his final four NHL games before joining the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. The transition marked the beginning of the second phase of Rivers' career in pro hockey. From the Bisons, he jumped to the Omaha Knights, Baltimore Clippers and then to the Springfield Kings in 1971-72.

It was at that time that the World Hockey Association appeared on the horizon, scooping up many a journeyman with a desire to make more cash. Rivers jumped into the stream, signing with the New York Raiders. In the WHA, Rivers' style of play was well adapted to the wide-open play he encountered. He soon became a prolific scorer, netting 77 points in 75 games. In his third season, he jumped to the San Diego Mariners where he scored 107 points in 78 games.

After his standout performance in 1974-75, Rivers wanted more money than the Mariners were willing to pay. They placed him on waivers along with a handful of other players. He slipped through the waiver net untouched, however, and eventually reconciled with the club. He skated two more years with the team and then rounded out his career with the San Francisco Shamrocks of the PHL in 1978.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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