William Anthony Derlago (born August 25, 1958) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League from 1978 to 1987 with the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques. Derlago was born in Birtle, Manitoba, but grew up in Beulah, Manitoba.
August 25, 1958|
Birtle, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
4th overall, 1978|
Growing up, Derlago excelled at multiple sports, including golf, tennis, baseball, and hockey. He achieved best success with ice hockey, playing with the Brandon Wheat Kings and setting a number of WCJHL records. He was selected fourth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.
As a rookie with the Canucks in 1978–79, Derlago badly injured his knee and was limited to just 9 games, though he did score 8 points. Though he played well in Vancouver, he was unable to live up to team expectations, and was traded to Toronto along with Rick Vaive for Tiger Williams and Jerry Butler on February 18, 1980.
On October 11, 1985, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Tom Fergus. In Boston, he played as a defensive forward on the third- and fourth-line. After only 39 games in Boston he was again traded, this time to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Wade Campbell. In the later stages of his career Derlago, was sent to the Quebec Nordiques in 1987. Finally, Derlago was relegated to the Fredericton Express of the American Hockey League. Derlago spent one additional season in Switzerland before announcing his retirement in 1988.
|1974–75||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||17||0||4||4||2||5||1||1||2||0|
|1975–76||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||68||49||54||103||43||5||3||3||6||0|
|1976–77||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||72||96||82||178||63||16||14||16||30||31|
|1977–78||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||52||89||63||152||105||8||9||13||22||10|
|1978–79||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||11||5||8||13||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||5||12||17||13||3||0||0||0||4|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||35||39||74||26||3||1||0||1||2|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||75||34||50||84||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||58||13||24||37||27||4||3||0||3||2|
|1983–84||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||79||40||20||60||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||62||31||31||62||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
| Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick