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Ron Buchanan Ronald Leonard Buchanan

Height: 6-3
Weight: 170
Shoot: L
Born: 15 Nov 1944, Montreal PQ

 

Regular Season & Playoff Scoring Record (key)

year team
gp
g
a
pts
pim
gp
g
a
pts
pim
1972-73 Cleveland
75
37
44
81
20
9
7
3
10
0
1973-74 Cleveland
49
18
27
45
2
5
0
0
0
2
1974-75 Cleveland
4
2
0
2
2
Edmonton
22
6
9
15
4
Indianapolis
32
16
15
31
16
Totals (3 teams)
58
24
24
48
22
1975-76 Indianapolis
23
4
7
11
4
Totals:
205
83
102
185
48
14
7
3
10
2

 

Excerpts from Pro Hockey, WHA 1975-76 (by Dan Proudfoot)

When Buchanan discovered, to his dismay, that he didn't enjoy living in Edmonton, where he was traded last season by Cleveland Crusaders, Racer GM Jim Browitt got busy.

Several teams wanted Buchanan, including a determined NHL pitch, but Browitt outhustled them all to arrange a transfer. Buchanan's talents as a center were beyond dispute, after 10 years as a professional, and the dividends were obvious almost immediately after his arrival in Indianapolis. Buchanan, Heatley and Whitlock formed Racers' best forward unit, with Buchanan's intelligent playmaking the key.

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander Complete Hockey Handbook, 1975-76 (by Reyn Davis)

Had the distinction of scoring the first goal in two Coliseum openings in 1974 in a brief stint with the Edmonton Oilers ... Fired first goal in Nick Mileti's $30-million Coliseum, home of the Cleveland Crusaders, the team which only days earlier had traded him to Edmonton ... Then scored the first goal in the opening of Edmonton's $20-million Coliseum ... Retained by the Racers after he left Edmonton, requesting a trade back to an American-based team ... Brought much needed offensive punch to Indianapolis, averaging almost a point per game ... Centered what Indiana pundits called "the Lifeline", because it did most of the producing, playing between Murray Heatley and Bobby Whitlock ... Spent a night on a metal hospital bed wondering if he would ever walk again after a severe back injury that left him temporarily paralyzed in January 1974 ... Makes his home in Indianapolis.

 

 

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