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Greg Joly
Greg Joly
Defenseman
Number: 24
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190
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Born: May 30, 1954
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Washington for Bryan Watson on November 30, 1976.
Drafted: WSH / 1974 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall)
Defenseman Greg Joly was supposed to be the foundation of the Washington Capitals in the first few seasons. He ended up being a solid blueliner who played 365 career games. Joly might have turned out better had he been allowed to develop in the minors instead of being thrown to wolves on one of the weakest teams in NHL history.

The native of Calgary, Alberta enjoyed a stellar junior career with the Regina Pats from 1971 to 1974. He registered 204 career points and was selected to the WCJHL first all-star team in 1973 and 1974. In 1974 he led the Pats to the Memorial Cup championship and was named the tournament's MVP. That summer his life changed when the expansion Washington Capitals chose him first overall at the 1974 amateur draft.

The young blueliner hurt his hamstring in training camp and experienced a slow start to the season. In early December he was starting to play well when he was hit with a serious knee injury. Joly fought gamely for two years but was beginning to collapse under the weight of unrealistic expectations. His confidence was hurt by coach Tom McVie's rigid system that did not allow him to rush with the puck. When he was finally let loose, the Capitals lacked a solid partner for Joly who could cover up for him when he rushed forward.

In November 1976, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for veteran enforcer Bryan Watson. Joly became an effective role player in Motown and remained there until 1983. He was utilized on the power play as well the penalty killing unit but was never dominant. He was eventually surpassed on the Wings' depth chart and sent to the minors. After four years with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings Joly retired in 1986.

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  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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