Saturday, March 5, 2016

Jim Baxter

At Least 1 NHL Game

February 25, 1979 Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Rockies. 8-1 win.



   Tragedy lead to Jim Baxter's short stint in the NHL. Red Wings goalie Jim Rutherford had to leave the team for a short time to go home to his grieving family who were dealing with the unfortunate death of his 16 year old sister. With Rutherford gone the Red Wings needed a goalie to dress as backup to Rogie Vachon. Baxter served this purpose for a short period later February, 1979.

   Jim Baxter was recruited from Ontario junior hockey to play college in New York for the Union College Skating Dutchman. He spent two years in college but after being drafted by the Red Wings in 1977, he opted to turn pro and in September, 1977 signed his first and only NHL contract with the Red Wings. Baxter only spent two seasons as a pro hockey player, retiring in 1979.  

   
Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born Apr 15 1958 -- Toronto, ONT
Height 5.10 -- Weight 160
Drafted by Detroit Red Wings round 6 #91 overall 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
SeasonTeamLgeGPAPIMMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPAPIM
1973-74Toronto MarlborosOHA1700
1974-75Markham WaxersOPJHL000
1975-76Union CollegeECAC-2000
1976-77Union CollegeECAC-22000
1977-78Fort Wayne KometsIHL100---
1977-78Kalamazoo WingsIHL1200---
1978-79Toledo GoaldiggersIHL90291172014.74---
1978-79Kalamazoo WingsIHL91110000.00---

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