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Eric Vail
Eric Vail
Left Wing
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Born: Sep 16, 1953
Birthplace: Timmins, ON, Canada
Drafted: AFM / 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 2nd (21st overall)
Eric Vail was a big strapping boy from the Ontario north, born September 16, 1953 in Timmins, Ontario. Vail shared the nickname 'Big Train' with Canada's Athlete of the First Half-Century (1900-1950), Lionel Conacher. Eric spent his teen years playing junior in the Ontario Hockey Association, starting with two seasons with the Niagara Fall Flyers between 1970-1972, then splitting 1972-23 between the Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves. In that final year of junior, Vail scored 48 goals and 105 points, and impressed NHL scouts enough that in 1973, he was the third choice (twenty-first selection overall) of the Atlanta Flames who had just completed their first season. 'Big Train' split the 1973-74 season between Atlanta and their CHL affiliate in Omaha, but only played 23 games in the NHL. To be eligible for the NHL's Calder Trophy as its rookie of the year, rules stipulate that players can not have played in more than 25 games, so in 1974-75, now a full-time leftwinger for the Flames, Eric Vail was still considered a rookie. That season, he fired 39 goals and finished with 60 points, winning the Calder Trophy -- the first Flame to win a major NHL award. Teammate Willi Plett would win the Calder two years later following the 1976-77 season. Vail continued to play a major offensive role with the struggling Atlanta Flames through the remainder of its existence. In 1976-77, Eric was chosen to play in the All-Star Game, and represented Canada at the World Championship. His most productive season in Atlanta was 1978-79, when he collected 83 points, finishing just outside the top 10 scorers that season. In 1980-81, Vail moved to Calgary when the team relocated there and continued to contribute offensively to the team. In November 1981, Vail was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Gary McAdam and a draft choice and finished the season, and his NHL career, with that year in Detroit.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89