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Edwin Vernon "Shadow" Westfall (born September 19, 1940 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders from 1961 until 1978–79. Notable as a defensive specialist often tasked with defending against the star scorers of enemy teams, Westfall played most of his career as a right wing, although he played stints on defense in his earlier years and at center in his later years.

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Playing career

He played his junior hockey with the Barrie Flyers & Niagara Falls Flyers, and started his professional career with the Kingston Frontenacs (EPHL) team. By 1961 he joined the Bruins, although he had stints the next two years with the Frontenacs and the AHL's Providence Reds. By 1966, he was firmly ensconced on Boston's checking line,

Westfall won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. He earned an assist on Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970 and also scored the second of the three fastest goals in NHL history, when the Bruins scored three goals in 20 seconds in a 1971 game with the Vancouver Canucks. During those seasons he made his reputation as a preeminent penalty killer (generally paired with center Derek Sanderson or winger Don Marcotte), enough so that he was named to play in the All-Star Game in 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1975.

Westfall was chosen by the brand new New York Islanders in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft. He was subsequently made the first captain of the team, a position he held until 1977. Westfall scored the first goal in franchise history, in their first game, against the Atlanta Flames, on October 7, 1972. His best season statistically was the 1975, when Westfall led the Islanders into their first playoffs and all the way into the Stanley Cup semifinals, exploding in the playoffs with five goals and ten assists to cap a 22-goal, 55-point regular season.

He remained an effective scorer through the 1977 season, in which he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication, after which he relinquished the team captaincy to Clark Gillies. His scoring declined sharply in his final two seasons, during which he spent his time on checking lines and penalty killing.

Retirement

Westfall retired having played 1226 career NHL games, scoring 231 goals and 394 assists for 625 points.

After the end of his playing days, Westfall became the Islanders color analyst for what was then known as SportsChannel. He was often dubbed "18" by his confidant and broadcasting partner "Jiggs" McDonald because during his playing career he wore that number. He was also known by that nickname by his former Islander teammates. Westfall continued in that position until he retired in 1998. His spot in the broadcast booth was taken by former NHL player Joe Micheletti. He made occasional appearances on Islander broadcasts for several seasons after that.

He is currently working for The Corporate Relocator moving firm as a Relationship Coordinator.

Career statistics

                                          
                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1957-58  Barrie Flyers               OHA    51    3   10   13    0
1959-60  Barrie Flyers               OHA    48    7   28   35    0
1959-60  Kingston Frontenacs         EPHL    1    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
1960-61  Niagara Falls Flyers        OHA    48    9   45   54    0
1960-61  Kingston Frontenacs         EPHL    2    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1961-62  Boston Bruins               NHL    63    2    9   11   53  --  --  --  --  --
1962-63  Kingston Frontenacs         EPHL   21    5   16   21   14  --  --  --  --  --
1962-63  Boston Bruins               NHL    48    1   11   12   34  --  --  --  --  --
1963-64  Providence Reds             AHL    13    1    3    4    8   3   0   0   0   4
1963-64  Boston Bruins               NHL    55    1    5    6   35  --  --  --  --  --
1964-65  Boston Bruins               NHL    68   12   15   27   65  --  --  --  --  --
1965-66  Boston Bruins               NHL    59    9   21   30   42  --  --  --  --  --
1966-67  Boston Bruins               NHL    70   12   24   36   26  --  --  --  --  --
1967-68  Boston Bruins               NHL    73   14   22   36   38   4   2   0   2   2
1968-69  Boston Bruins               NHL    70   18   24   42   22  10   3   7  10  11
1969-70  Boston Bruins               NHL    72   14   22   36   28  14   3   5   8   4
1970-71  Boston Bruins               NHL    78   25   34   59   48   7   1   2   3   2
1971-72  Boston Bruins               NHL    77   18   26   44   19  15   4   3   7  10
1972-73  New York Islanders          NHL    67   15   31   46   25  --  --  --  --  --
1973-74  New York Islanders          NHL    68   19   23   42   28  --  --  --  --  --
1974-75  New York Islanders          NHL    73   22   33   55   28  17   5  10  15  12
1975-76  New York Islanders          NHL    80   25   31   56   27   8   2   3   5   0
1976-77  New York Islanders          NHL    79   14   33   47    8  12   1   5   6   0
1977-78  New York Islanders          NHL    71    5   19   24   14   2   0   0   0   0
1978-79  New York Islanders          NHL    55    5   11   16    4   6   1   2   3   0
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         NHL Totals                       1226  231  394  625  544  95  22  37  59  41

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Preceded by
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New York Islanders captains
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Succeeded by
Clark Gillies
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