Eric Vail
Eric vail atlanta flames 1978
Eric Vail playing for the Atlanta Flames in 1978.
Position Forward
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
Detroit Red Wings
Nationality CAN
Born September 16 1953 (1953-09-16) (age 66),
Timmins, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 29th overall, 1973
Quebec Nordiques
Pro Career 19731982

Eric "Freight Train" Vail (born September 16, 1953 in Timmins, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional player. He played nine seasons in the National Hockey League, mostly with the Atlanta Flames/Calgary Flames organization, and then later in his last season (1981–82) he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

Vail was drafted 21st overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. He played 591 career NHL games, scoring 216 goals and 260 assists for 476 points. He was the Calder Trophy winner for 1974–75 after scoring 39 goals and 60 points in his rookie season.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71Niagara Falls FlyersOHA5918304876
1971–72Niagara Falls FlyersOHA60254873122
1972–73Sudbury WolvesOHA63485710580
1973–74Omaha KnightsCHL3710182854
1973–74Atlanta FlamesNHL2329113010002
1974–75Atlanta FlamesNHL7239216046
1975–76Atlanta FlamesNHL601631473420000
1976–77Atlanta FlamesNHL783239712231340
1977–78Atlanta FlamesNHL792236581621120
1978–79Atlanta FlamesNHL803548835320112
1979–80Atlanta FlamesNHL772825532243142
1980–81Calgary FlamesNHL642836642360000
1981–82Oklahoma City StarsCHL30330
1981–82Adirondack Red WingsAHL103470
1981–82Calgary FlamesNHL64150
1981–82Detroit Red WingsNHL5210142435
1982–83Adirondack Red WingsAHL742029493351120
NHL totals 591 216 260 476 281 20 5 6 11 6

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Preceded by
Denis Potvin
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier

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