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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80