Orest Kindrachuk

Orest Michael Kindrachuk (born September 14, 1950) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Orest Kindrachuk
Born (1950-09-14) September 14, 1950
Nanton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19711982

Early life

Born in Nanton, Alberta, Canada, his parents were Ukrainian immigrants and his first language was Ukrainian.[1]

Playing career

Kindrachuk played his junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades. He was not drafted and instead joined the San Diego Gulls after signing as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers in July 1971. He made his NHL debut in the 1972–73 season, and joined the Flyers full-time in the 1973–74 season.

Kindrachuk became an important part of the Flyers team as he helped them to win Stanley Cups as a rookie in 1974 as well as 1975. "Little O" Kindrachuk spent much of his time in Philadelphia centering Dave "The Hammer" Schultz and Don "Big Bird" Saleski on the team's third line. He played for the Flyers for six seasons.

Kindrachuk was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to the 1978–79 NHL season, where he would play for three seasons as the team's captain. He signed with the Washington Capitals in 1981, but would only play 4 games before he was forced to retire due by injuries.

Life after hockey

After hockey, Kindrachuk went into the insurance and packaging industry in the Philadelphia area.[2] In August 2012 he became a US citizen.[3]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68Saskatoon BladesWCJHL5824376144713420
1968–69Saskatoon BladesWCHL412125463341120
1969–70Saskatoon BladesWCHL43475524625
1970–71Saskatoon BladesWCHL6149100149103524625
1971–72San Diego GullsWHL611836547741120
1972–73Richmond RobinsAHL72355186133301110
1972–73Philadelphia FlyersNHL20000
1973–74Philadelphia FlyersNHL71113041851754917
1974–75Philadelphia FlyersNHL60102131721402212
1975–76Philadelphia FlyersNHL762649751011647114
1976–77Philadelphia FlyersNHL7815365179102130
1977–78Philadelphia FlyersNHL7317456212812551013
1978–79Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL791842608474157
1979–80Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL5217294663
1980–81Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL13391234
1981–82Washington CapitalsNHL41012
NHL totals 508 118 261 379 648 76 20 20 40 53


  1. "Flyers interviews". Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  2. "Hockey Forum". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. "Philly Sports Central". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
Preceded by
Jean Pronovost
Pittsburgh Penguins captain
Succeeded by
Randy Carlyle

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