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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Aug 16--Nick Harbaruk

Nick Harbaruk

Claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1969 Intra-League draft.
Born in Poland, Harbaruk came to Canada with his parents at age five and decided to get involved in hockey. He played three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leaf-backed Toronto Marlboros in the days when NHL teams sponsored junior clubs.
Harbaruk helped the powerful Marlies, loaded with future NHLers, win the Memorial Cup in 1964.
Harbaruk languished in the Maple Leafs’ farm system in Tulsa, Okla., for five seasons before getting a break in the post-expansion era. He played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and one with the St. Louis Blues before defecting to the WHA to spend two and a half seasons with the Indianapolis Racers.
Besides Tulsa, he also had minor-league stops in Vancouver, Oklahoma City and Rochester.

Received these blue ink signed cards TTM.

Return envelope and note apoligizing for the late return. Request sent in Oct 86 and received Dec 86.

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