Tim Ecclestone

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Tim Ecclestone
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 75)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Atlanta Flames
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1964
New York Rangers
Playing career 19671978

Timothy James Ecclestone (born September 24, 1947) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1967 until 1978. Ecclestone played 692 career NHL games, scoring 126 goals and 233 assists for 359 points. He twice scored 50 points or more in his career.


Playing career

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Ecclestone began his career in Junior B with the Etobicoke Indians. After one season he was selected 9th overall by the New York Rangers at the age of 17, in the 1964 NHL Entry Draft. [1] He played one more season of Juniors, his time in Junior A with the Kitchener Rangers. Ecclestone signed with the New York Rangers following the 1966–67 season with Kitchener. However, his rights were traded to the St. Louis Blues immediately following the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. [2] Ecclestone played three seasons with the Blues before management became unhappy with Red Berenson's association with the NHL Players' Association and cleaned house. Since Ecclestone had some involvement with the NHLPA the Blues decided to trade him to the Detroit Red Wings. [1] The Wings were perennial losers at the time and after four season in Detroit, Ecclestone requested to be traded. The Wings accommodated his request and he was shipped off to the Toronto Maple Leafs. [1] Following a shoulder injury in his second season in Toronto, the leafs traded Ecclestone to the Washington Capitals who in turn traded him to the Atlanta Flames, on the same day. Following a knee injury during the 1977–78 season he served as an assistant coach for the Flames. Ecclestone retired at the end of the season but remained with the Flames as an assistant coach until they relocated to Calgary in 1980. [2]

Ecclestone remained in the Atlanta area following the departure of the Flames organization, as part owner of sports bar named Timothy-John's Restaurant and Lounge in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a restaurant he helped open during his years as a Flames assistant coach. In 1990, he opened his own sports bar, called T.J.'s Sports Bar and Grill, in Alpharetta, Georgia. [2]


Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1965–66Etobicoke Indians MetJHL
1966–67 Kitchener Rangers OHA 4827376435133121514
1967–68 St. Louis Blues NHL 50681416121232
1967–68 Kansas City Blues CHL 134489
1968–69 St. Louis BluesNHL68112334311222420
1969–70 St. Louis BluesNHL65162137591634748
1970–71 St. Louis BluesNHL4715243934
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL274101413
1971–72 Detroit Red WingsNHL7218355333
1972–73 Detroit Red WingsNHL7818304828
1973–74 Detroit Red WingsNHL140556
1973–74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL46914233240110
1974–75 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL51120
1974–75 Atlanta Flames NHL6213213434
1975–76 Atlanta FlamesNHL696212730
1976–77 Atlanta FlamesNHL78918272630226
1977–78 Atlanta FlamesNHL11022210000
1977–78 Tulsa Oilers CHL61340
NHL totals692126233359344486111776

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