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Paul Shmyr

Born:Jan 28, 1954Draft: Undrafted
Hometown:Cudworth, SaskatchewanPosition:Defense
Known For:WHA Best Defenseman (1976)Shoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Paul Shmyr (January 28, 1954 – September 2, 2004) was a Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers during the 1981-82 season. As one of the top defensemen of the WHA, Shmyr earned a reputation for being a gritty blueliner. Making his debut in the 1968-69 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, he appeared in just three games, spending the rest of the year with their minor-league affiliate. After two more years in Chicago, and one with the California Golden Seals, Shmyr opted to join the WHL and dress for the Cleveland Crusaders. After four seasons in Cleveland, he put up his best numbers offensively as a member of the San Diego Mariners, scoring 13 goals and 50 points in 81 games.

Shmyr served as the captain of the WHA Edmonton Oilers, opting to wear the letter “K” instead of the traditional “C” due to his Ukrainian heritage. He amassed 96 points in 160 games. When the WHA folded after the 1978-79 season, he was reclaimed by the Minnesota North Stars, the team that held his NHL rights at the time. Due to his leadership and experience at the NHL level, Shmyr was named the team’s captain for two seasons. He later joined the Whalers for one season before announcing his retirement in 1982. He sadly passed away in 2004 after a battle with throat cancer.

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  • WHA Best Defenseman (Dennis A. Murphy Trophy) (1976)