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Born June 3, 1957 (1957-06-03) (age 52),
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 03 in (1.91 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
Pro clubs Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1977
Colorado Rockies
WHA Draft 2nd overall, 1977
Calgary Cowboys
Career 1977 – 1990

Barry Beck (born June 3, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. Beck helped the Bruins to the Memorial Cup in 1977. He opted to move to the NHL over the WHA, and began his career with the Colorado Rockies. He also played for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings over the course of his career, and retired in 1990.

Beck set a record in his rookie year for goals by a rookie defenceman while playing for the Colorado Rockies. Brian Leetch broke the record in 1989 with 23 goals.

While a member of the NY Rangers, Beck was often implored by broadcaster Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick to shoot the puck more often. The phrase, "Shoot the puck, Barry" is still known by many Rangers fans to this day.

When Herb Brooks coached the Rangers, he was disappointed at Beck's efforts as team captain, and said, "The 'C' on Beck's jersey stands for 'Coward.'"

Beck now lives and coaches in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, where his experiences and achievements are causing a heightened sense of awareness for hockey in Hong Kong, where the knowledge of the sport was previously mostly within a small community. The Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey continues to run hockey camps and work in cooperation with other well-established organizations in Hong Kong to promote the game of ice hockey with the help of Beck.

Legacy

  • Beck was ranked No. 62 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Kamloops Chiefs WCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1974–75 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 58 9 33 42 162 18 4 9 13 52
1975–76 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 68 19 80 99 325 17 3 9 12 58
1976–77 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 61 16 46 62 167 12 4 6 10 39
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 75 22 38 60 89 2 0 1 1 0
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 63 14 28 42 91
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 1 5 6 8
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 61 14 45 59 98 9 1 4 5 6
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 75 11 23 34 231 14 5 8 13 32
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 60 9 29 38 111 10 1 5 6 14
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 22 34 112 9 2 4 6 8
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 72 9 27 36 132 4 1 0 1 6
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 56 7 19 26 65 3 0 1 1 11
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 25 4 8 12 24
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 1 7 8 53
11 seasons NHL total 615 104 251 355 1014 51 10 23 33 77

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Walt Tkaczuk
New York Rangers captains
198086
Succeeded by
Ron Greschner
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