Bill Derlago

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.

Bill Derlago
Born (1958-08-25) August 25, 1958
Birtle, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Quebec Nordiques
Winnipeg Jets
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Fredericton Express
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1978
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 19781987


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.[1]

In Toronto Derlago, raised to a star status, worked particularly well with Vaive. Though successful on the ice, it was speculated that Derlago could have achieved more.[1]

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.[1]

Derlago currently resides in Concord, Ontario, and operates a Chrysler dealership.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1974–75 Brandon Travellers MJHL 4538215987
1974–75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 170442 51120
1975–76 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 68495410343 53360
1976–77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 72968217863 1614163031
1977–78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 528963152105 89132210
1978–79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 1158139
1978–79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 94482
1979–80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5411152627
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 235121713 30004
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8035397426 31012
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7534508442
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5813243727 43032
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7940206050
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6231316221
1985–86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10000
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 395162115
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2755106 31010
1986–87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 183586
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3036912
1986–87 Fredericton Express AHL 1678152
1987–88 HC Ambrì-Piotta NDA 161482222
NHL totals 555189227416247 135058

Awards and achievements


Preceded by
Jere Gillis
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Rick Vaive
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