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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.

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59