Ted Green
Ted Green.jpg
Position Defence
Shot Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (2 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
New England Whalers
Winnipeg Jets
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 23, 1940(1940-03-23),
Eriksdale, MB, CA
Died October 8 2019 (aged 79),
Edmonton, AB, CA
Pro Career 1926 – 1959

Edward Joseph "Terrible Ted" Green (March 23, 1940 – October 8, 2019) was a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and player. Green played defence in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins and in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, and was noted for his physical play. Green served as a head coach with the Edmonton Oilers, and was an assistant coach with the Oilers and the New York Rangers.


Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Green played junior hockey in Manitoba for the Winnipeg Braves, winning the Memorial Cup in the 1958–59 season. He was originally the property of the Montreal Canadiens, but was claimed by the Bruins in the summer of 1960 and was called up for good in the 1961–62 season. He played ten seasons for Boston, gaining a reputation as a hard-hitting defensive defenceman, as well as one for violent play, and was a bulwark on the blue line when the Bruins emerged from being at the bottom of the league to becoming a powerhouse in the late 1960s. He was named to play in the All-Star Game in 1965 and 1969.

Wayne Maki paralyzes Ted Green, September 21, 1969.

The Bruins played the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game on September 21, 1969 at the Ottawa Civic Center. At the 13-minute mark of the first period, the Blues Wayne Maki shot the puck over the blue line into the Bruins corner. Ted Green played the puck with his skate and Maki hit him from behind. Green shoved Maki to the ice and the referee, Ken Bodendistel, raised his arm for a penalty to Green. From his knees, Maki speared Green in the genitals. Green swung his stick and slashed Maki on the arm, once again knocking him to the ice. As he turned away to go to the penalty box, Maki smacked him over the head with his stick, crushing part of his skull. The left side of Green's body was paralyzed and his speech slurred. Bobby Orr jumped over the boards and pummelled Maki while his teammates carried Green to the dressing room. Green had emergency surgery and missed the entire 1969-70 season. Maki was suspended for a month. Criminal charges were laid against both but resulted in acquittals. Green returned for the 1970-71 season. Maki played for several seasons until diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in 1974.

Green returned the following season to play two more years with Boston (and played for the 1972 Cup winning team) before jumping to the upstart New England Whalers in the WHA, being named their first captain and leading the team to the WHA's inaugural league championship. After three seasons with the Whalers, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets, with whom he finished his playing career in 1979.

Green ended his playing career with 254 points and 1029 penalty minutes in 620 games (NHL) and 180 points and 304 penalty minutes in 452 games (WHA). He ranked 17th all-time in games played in the WHA.

Jean Béliveau on Ted Green Night, January 24, 1971.

Before the January 24, 1971 Boston-Montreal game, "Ted Green Night" was celebrated. With Green's family present, including his three young children, he was showered with gifts and tributes including a new car, an addition to his home and a plaque from Canadiens captain Jean Béliveau. Green spoke and was extremely emotional, thankful for being able to return from the horrific skull injury inflicted upon him in the 1969-70 pre-season. Fittingly, the Bruins defeated the Habs 4-2.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Playing[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1956-57 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 17 1 2 3 76 7 0 0 0 10
1957-58 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 23 1 4 5 97 12 1 1 2 32
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 11 2 3 5 38
1958-59 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 1 0 0 0 4 -- -- -- -- --
St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 25 5 11 16 120 9 1 5 6 32
Winnipeg Braves Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 16 2 6 8 50
1959-60 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 70 8 20 28 109 -- -- -- -- --
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
Winnipeg Warriors WHL 57 1 18 19 127 -- -- -- -- --
Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 11 1 5 6 30 5 1 0 1 2
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 66 3 8 11 116 -- -- -- -- --
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 70 1 11 12 117 -- -- -- -- --
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 10 14 145 -- -- -- -- --
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 70 8 27 35 156 -- -- -- -- --
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 27 5 13 18 113 -- -- -- -- --
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 47 6 10 16 67 -- -- -- -- --
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 72 7 36 43 133 4 1 1 2 11
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 65 8 38 46 99 10 2 7 9 18
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL injured -- -- -- -- --
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 78 5 37 42 60 7 1 0 1 25
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 54 1 16 17 21 10 0 0 0 0
1972-73 New England Whalers "C" WHA 78 16 30 46 47 12 1 5 6 25
1973-74 New England Whalers "C" WHA 75 7 26 33 42 7 0 4 4 2
1974-75 New England Whalers "C" WHA 57 6 14 20 29 3 0 0 0 2
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 5 23 28 73 11 0 2 2 16
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 70 4 21 25 45 20 1 3 4 12
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 73 4 22 26 52 8 0 2 2 2
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 20 0 2 2 16 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 620 48 206 254 1029 31 4 8 12 54
WHA Totals 452 42 138 180 304 61 2 16 18 59

Coaching[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League Type GP W L T OTL Pts Finish GP W L Results
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 48 17 15 - 111 1st Smythe 5 2 3 Lost Div Semi
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 47 21 12 - 106 1st Smythe 16 11 5 Lost Final
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 57 18 5 - 119 1st Smythe 19 15 4 Won League
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 49 20 11 - 109 1st Smythe 18 15 3 Won League
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 56 17 7 - 119 1st Smythe 10 6 4 Lost Div Final
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 50 24 6 - 106 1st Smythe 21 16 5 Won League
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 44 25 11 - 99 2nd Smythe 18 16 2 Won League
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 38 34 8 - 84 3rd Smythe 11 4 7 Lost Div Final
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 38 28 14 - 90 2nd Smythe 21 16 5 Won League
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 80 37 37 6 - 80 3rd Smythe 18 9 9 Lost Conf Final
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL Head 80 36 34 10 - 82 3rd Smythe 16 8 8 Lost Conf Final
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL Head 84 26 50 4 - 56 5th Smythe DNQ
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL Head 24 3 18 3 - 9 - -
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 82 35 37 10 - 80 3rd Pac 12 5 7 Lost Conf Semi
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 82 33 37 12 - 78 2nd NW 4 0 4 Lost Conf Qtr Final
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assist 82 32 26 16 8 88 2nd NW 5 1 4 Lost Conf Qtr Final
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL Assist 82 33 43 5 1 72 4th Atl DNQ
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL Assist 82 36 38 4 4 80 4th Atl DNQ
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL Assist 82 32 36 10 4 78 4th Atl DNQ
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL Assist 82 27 40 7 8 69 4th Atl DNQ
NHL Head Coaching Totals 188 65 102 21 - 151 - 16 8 8 -

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Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Turnbull Cup Manitoba Junior Hockey League Championship (1958)
  • Abbott Cup Western Canada Junior A Hockey Championship (1959)
  • Memorial Cup Canada Junior A Hockey Championship (1959)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965 & 1969)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
  • Stanley Cup National Hockey League Championship (1972, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, & 1990)
  • Avco Cup World Hockey Association Championship (1973, 1976, & 1978)
  • Honoured Member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Inaugural member of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame (2010)

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