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Wayne Carleton Kenneth Wayne Carleton "Swoop"

Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Shoot: L
Born: 4 Aug 1946, Sudbury ON

 

Regular Season & Playoff Scoring Record (key)

year team
gp
g
a
pts
pim
gp
g
a
pts
pim
1972-73 Ottawa
75
42
49
91
42
3
3
3
6
4
1973-74 Toronto
78
37
55
92
31
12
2
12
14
4
1974-75 New England
73
35
39
74
50
6
2
5
7
14
1975-76 New England
35
12
21
33
6
Edmonton
26
5
16
21
6
4
1
1
2
2
Totals (2 teams)
61
17
37
54
12
1976-77 Birmingham
3
1
0
1
0
Totals:
290
132
180
312
135
25
8
21
29
24

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander's Guide to Pro Hockey, 1975-76 (by Reyn Davis)

Never hides his feelings ... Frankness has managed to get him into troiuble, but Wayne is a big boy now and can handle himself ... Whalers' top point producer in 1974-75, parleying 35 goals with 39 assists for 74 points and a share of 27th place in the league scoring derby ... Nickname is "Swoop" because he swoops down the ice like a big bird coming in for a landing ... Very aggressive forechecker who has been known to trample smaller defensemen ... A jughead --- the affectionate title of someone involved in harness racing ... Owns and trains a stable of standardbreds, which run on a small track in his native Ontario.

 

Excerpts from Pro Hockey, WHA 1976-77 (by Dan Proudfoot)

Mr. Misfortune, Wayne Carleton, carried on his tradition immediately after arriving at Edmonton from New England Whalers. Big Swoop was soaring through his first game as an Oiler when he suffered a bruised back. Problems have followed the 30-year-old Carleton through a full half-dozen stops in big-league hockey. When he did continue in Oiler uniform, Carleton wasn't well received. His swooping style often appears to be lazy, but he did get five goals and 16 assist in 26 Oiler games, so he must have been doing something right. Swoop can be moody and easily depressed, however, and much depends on his getting a good start in 1976-77.

 

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