Stapleton Was Summit Standout

Just 5'8", Pat Stapleton stood tall among the world's best in 1972. He was simply outstanding.

Stapleton was often paired with Bill White. Neither were considered to be elite defensemen at the NHL level, but both were very very good.

This defensive defenseman holds perhaps hockey's most valuable piece of memorabilia. He has the puck that Paul Henderson put into the net with just 34 seconds left in the game and the tournament.

He denied for years until video was discovered that showed him picking up the puck after Henderson scored. He was well known as a collector of significant pucks, sticks etc while he played in the NHL, but he denies it has any special meaning.

"It's just a puck," he insists. He's not even sure where it is. It's in a box in his garage somewhere. 

One day he will dig it out. But he doesn't have grand plans of giving it to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He doesn't even plan on auctioning it off for a handsome reward that it is sure to fetch.

"What I want to do is skate with it with my grandchildren on the pond," Stapleton said. "What we'll do is skate around for a while and then shoot it into a snow bank. And that'll be it."

1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #3 - Pat Stapleton - Defense

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-8
Weight: 180
Born: 7/4/1940 Sarnia, Ontario
1972 NHL Team: Chicago Black Hawks

Summit Series Statistics

7 0 0 0 0 8 17 6

Other Team Canada Appearances

Pat Stapleton played in Summit 74 with the WHA All Stars. Stapleton had 3 assists in 8 games in the copycat tournament.

NHL Career Notes - Though a highly respected player, Stapleton was not as highly regarded as many of his Summit Series teammates. He had several strong seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks. He also played with the Boston Bruins and the WHA.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 635 43 294 357 353
NHL Playoffs  66 10 39 49 38


Book Feature
Read Pat Stapleton's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
Game Eight

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