Center Fred Speck played a few games for the Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks in the 60s and 70s. He was a clever offensive player who enjoyed most of his success in junior and the minor leagues.
Born in Thorold, Ontario, the Detroit prospect was a solid performer in junior with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings. By the late 60s he was a farmhand on the CHL's Fort Worth Wings and was recalled for a few games with the parent club. In 1970-71 he led the AHL in scoring as a member of the Baltimore Clippers and was named the winner of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the league's top rookie and the Les Cunningham Award as the league MVP.
In June, 1971, Speck was claimed by Vancouver in the intra-league draft and made it into 18 games. He was eventually returned to the minors before signing with the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints. Speck also competed for the Los Angeles Sharks before bouncing around the minors for 2 1/2 years. The veteran pivot retired in 1977 after a solid year with the senior Brantford Alexanders.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame