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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dec 9--Noel Price

Todays player is fitting for the season. Noel, the French word for Christmas, from Latin natalis meaning birth.

Noel Price


Noel Price played four years of major junior hockey with the St. Michael's Majors of the OHA. 

  Price joined the WHL's Winnipeg Warriors in 1956-57. The following year he got his first chance to play in the NHL when he laced up the blades for one game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also inserted into Toronto's lineup for 28 games the following season.
In October, 1959, Price was traded to the New York Rangers where he appeared in just seven games over two years. He also made a brief stop with the Montreal Canadiens, but it wasn't until NHL expansion in 1967 that Price and many others like him got the chance to play in the NHL on a full-time basis. He was taken by the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins and earned a regular spot on the club, playing two full seasons with the Pens.
Price spent the 1970-71 season with the Los Angeles Kings but was on the move again in 1972 when he joined the Atlanta Flames, a new NHL team to start the 1972-73 season. At the age of 37, Price provided veteran leadership to the fledgling club and was an instrumental force in keeping the young team focused in those difficult, early years. Price played out his NHL career in Atlanta but returned for one more season of pro hockey in 1975-76, when at the age of 40, he patrolled the blue-line for the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs.

Received these blue ink signed cards TTM.

Return envelope from his workplace from the 1980's/90's.

He also included this postcard. I always asked if they had a busness card or photo they could send to me.

On the back of the postcard, a thank you note for remembering him.

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