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Barry Beck
Selected in first round
No. 2 overall by Colorado Rockies

Born June 3, 1957
Position: Defense
Height: 6-3   Weight: 215
Last Team: New Westminster (WCHL)               
Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C. (Canada)
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1973-74 LangleyBCJHL 638 2836 329
  KamloopsWCHL 10 00 0
1974-75 New WestminsterWCHL 589 3342 162
1975-76 New WestminsterWCHL 6819 8099 325
1976-77 New WestminsterWCHL 6116 4662 167

Memorial Cup:
1977 (New Westminster)
Memorial Cup Smythe Trophy (MVP): 1977 (New Westminster)
WCHL MVP: 1976-77 (New Westminster)
WCHL Top Defenseman: 1976-77 (New Westminster)
Memorial Cup All-Star First Team: 1976, 1977 (New Westminster)
WCHL All-Star First Team: 1975-76, 1976-77 (New Westminster)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as WCHL's No. 1 prospect for the 1977 NHL draft. ... Missed part of 1976-77 season with pneumonia. ... Paired on defense with Brad Maxwell for New Westminster in 1976-77. ... Was first defenseman to win WCHL/WHL MVP honors. ... Played middle linebacker in high school football and also played high school basketball. ... Grew up idolizing football star Dick Butkus and was offered college football scholarships.
Debut: October 14, 1977 (Vancouver at Colorado)
Numbers:  5 (Colorado); 3, 5 (N.Y. Rangers); 21 (Los Angeles)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Status: Retired final time March 7, 1990
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1977-1990 Colorado, N.Y. Rangers, LA 615104251 3551,016
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1978-1985 Colorado, N.Y. Rangers51 1023 3377

All-Star Game:
1978 (Colo.), 1980, 1981, 1982 (N.Y. Rangers)
Colorado MVP: 1977-78, 1978-79
Colorado Player of Year (Three-Stars Leader): 1977-78, 1978-79
Colorado Best Defenseman: 1977-78
Colorado Rookie of Year: 1977-78
Colorado Most Popular Player: 1977-78
N.Y. Rangers MVP: 1981-82 (co-winner), 1983-84
N.Y. Rangers Boucher Trophy (Most Popular): 1983-84 (shared)
N.Y. Rangers Good Guy Award: 1981-82
N.Y. Rangers Crumb Bum Award (Service to Local Kids):
N.Y. Rangers Captain: Feb. 4, 1981 until Aug. 12, 1986
Colorado/New Jersey Records: Most goals by a rookie defenseman (22 in 1977-78)
Colorado Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1978-79 (91)
N.Y. Rangers Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1980-81 (231)
Miscellaneous: Signed first pro contract with Colorado on June 21, 1977. ... Paired on defense with John Van Boxmeer for Colorado in 1977-78. ... Set NHL records (since broken) for points (60) and goals (22) by a rookie defenseman in 1977-78. ... Finished second in voting for 1977-78 Calder Trophy. ... Missed part of 1978-79 season with knee injury. ... Missed part of 1979-80 season with hyper-extended left elbow, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 31, 1980, game at Buffalo. ... Missed start of 1980-81 season with broken right middle finger, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 3, 1980, preseason game vs. N.Y. Islanders in New Haven, Conn. ... Set N.Y. Rangers single-season record (since broken) with 231 penalty minutes in 1980-81. ... Tied N.Y. Rangers single-season playoff record (since broken) for points by a defenseman with 13 in 1980-81. ... Suspended first three games of 1981-82 season for coming off bench to fight during N.Y. Rangers' final preseason game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended six games for coming off bench to fight Paul Baxter during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 14, 1981, game vs. Pittsburgh. Beck, in a fury, charged Baxter after Baxter exchanged some words with him at 15:31 of the second period. Beck later explained that he had seen Baxter spear his N.Y. Rangers teammate Eddie Johnstone, and he was teaching Baxter a lesson by coming after him. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with left shoulder injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 24, 1982, game vs. Chicago. ... Began wearing No. 5 for N.Y. Rangers in 1982-83 season after Carol Vadnais left team. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with strained neck muscles, an injury suffered in January 1983. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with sprained right wrist, an injury suffered in February 1984. ... Missed final game of 1984 playoffs after separating left shoulder on a hit from Pat Flatley during Game 4 of first-round series vs. N.Y. Islanders on April 8, 1984. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with left shoulder injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' season-opener on Oct. 11, 1984, vs. Hartford. Later missed end of regular season after re-injuring shoulder during N.Y. Rangers' March 17, 1985, game vs. New Jersey. The shoulder required postseason surgery on April 18, 1985. ... Missed parts of 1984-85 season with bruised right instep, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 12, 1984, game vs. Boston and left hip pointer, an injury suffered in N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 5, 1985, game at Boston. ... Missed most of 1985-86 season with bruised muscle in right shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 9, 1985, game at Minnesota. ... Missed end of 1985-86 season and entire 1986 playoffs with left shoulder injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 12, 1986, game vs. Calgary. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with broken thumb, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Nov. 8, 1989, game vs. Calgary, and concussion suffered in December 1989.
Beck's Multiple Retirements: Beck retired for the first time on Aug. 12, 1986, at the age of 29, because he refused to play for N.Y. Rangers coach Ted Sator. He said that he and Sator had "philosophical differences" and did not want to see Sator return to the team in 1986-87. Sator said he had no idea why Beck didn't like him, and refusing to be bullied, N.Y. Rangers general manager Phil Esposito insisted that he would continue to renew Sator's contract, regardless of what Beck thought. That stance prompted Beck to call it quits, and he walked away from a $385,000 contract. Sator was fired in November 1986, but Esposito could not talk Beck into returning at all during the 1986-87 season. Beck did not feel it would be right to return to the team in the middle of a season. However, the following year, the Rangers had a new coach in Michel Bergeron, and Beck, now 30, decided to come out of retirement and sign new contract with the Rangers on Aug. 12, 1987. In order to make the team, Beck had to pass a physical and show that his left shoulder could endure NHL competition. Beck passed his physical and showed up for the Rangers' training camp on Sept. 14, 1987. But during a N.Y. Rangers' Sept. 29, 1987, preseason game vs. Winnipeg in Colorado, Beck collided with another player and re-injured his left shoulder. The injury appeared as though it would end his season before it began. Frustrated, Beck retired for the second time on Oct. 13, 1987. Two years later, Beck, now 32, came out of retirement again after the Rangers traded his NHL rights to Los Angeles in exchange for future considerations on Sept. 1, 1989. Los Angeles general manager Rogie Vachon had learned of Beck's desire to return to the NHL and engineered the trade after a talk with Beck. Despite being hampered by an early-season groin injury, Beck went on to play 52 games for Los Angeles in 1989-90, but decided he was too slow for the NHL game. On March 7, 1990, Beck and the Kings announced they had reached a mutual agreement for Beck to retire from hockey for good.
Post-Draft Teams: None
Challenge Cup: 1979
Canada Cup: 1981 (second place)
WHA Draft Pick:
1977 (by Calgary, No. 2 overall in Round 1)
Management Career: Served as Osoyoos (KIJHL) general manager into 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Was active in charity work with disadvantaged children during his playing days in New York, running the Barry Beck Foundation. Earned West Side Association of Commerce's Gold Medal Award in October 1984 for his work with United Neighborhood Houses of New York. ... Played on N.Y. Rangers' off-season charity softball and tennis teams. ... Was an outspoken fan of the TV show The Honeymooners as well as professional wrestling during his playing days. ... Founded Barry Beck's Inside Pro hockey camp in Osoyoos, British Columbia, after his retirement. Worked as camp's lead instructor with his brother Murray. ... Played for Colorado alumni team in Heroes of Hockey game at 2001 NHL All-Star Weekend in Denver.
Personal: Nicknamed "Bubba." ... Full name is Barry David Beck. ... Younger brother of former minor-leaguer Murray Beck.
TRADE: Colorado traded Beck to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Pat Hickey, Lucien DeBlois, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations on November 2, 1979. N.Y. Rangers completed the deal by sending Bobby Crawford to Colorado on January 15, 1980.

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