What do we know about the Seattle Breakers
Guys, I've gotten into the habit recently of rummaging through the archives at DYG and HockeyDB to learn about some of the wild players, teams, leagues, and brawls of yesteryear. I can usually find enough to satisfy myself from the stats listed there, fight comments, postings here, old newspaper articles, etc. But I'd like to pick your brains to see how much you know of an old Western Hockey League team: the Seattle Breakers and their 1981-1982 team specifically.
This group looks like one of the rowdiest bunch of goons ever assembled, which makes sense since they skated during the massive arms race that was the WHL in the late 1970s and early 1980s sparked by teams like the legendary New Westminster Bruins and the Saskatoon Blades. I've read that there nickname around the league was the "The Seattle Gangsters" but some these guys could play the game and apparently play the game quite well.
*Of the 25 players who suited up at least 10 games, 20 had more PIMs than games played.
*They had an equal number of players with 10+ goals and 100+ PIMs (13), and 9 players accomplished both.
These players caught my eye the most:
*D Wayne Prestage 72GP, 50G, 58A, 197 PIM
*D Craig Channell 71GP, 9G, 79A, 244 PIM
*RW Brent Shaw 71GP, 33G, 42A, 209 PIM
*LW Ken Ficocelli 71GP, 39G, 34A, 185 PIM
*D Phil Stanger 61GP, 13G, 28A, 349 PIM
*RW Marc LeClair 50GP, 21G, 19A, 284 PIM
*RW Mitch Wilson 60GP, 18G, 17A, 436 PIM
*D Steve Dykstra 57GP, 8G, 26A, 139 PIM
*RW Alan Kerr 68GP, 15G, 18A, 107 PIM
*RW Pat Smith 71GP, 10G, 20A, 102 PIM
*D Ken Daneyko 38GP, 1G, 22A, 151 PIM
*Les Bellai 60GP, 11G, 9A, 132 PIM
*Lee Robbins 59GP, 4G, 8A, 100 PIM
Everyone knows Daneyko (although I don't know anything about his pre-NHL days), and Kerr and Dykstra spent time bruising their knuckles in the NHL in the mid-late 1980s but I've frankly never heard of most of the guys who looked like they played some mean hockey for a tough team and put up a ton of PIMs throughout their, mostly short, careers. Does anyone have any stories or information about this team or its players?
I can't add anything about seattle but a few of those guys sparked my memory from the AHL. Mitch Wilson was one badass "pound for pound" type.
It's too bad he only had a few fights in the show. He was a terror in the AHL. Guaranteed massive penalty totals and fights. One of the toughest guys under six feet i've seen.
I looked him up on DYG. He also cracked 400 one other time and broke 349 or better four other times. In 756 pro games, he compiled 3769 pims!
A lot of these guys' careers seem to begin and end with the Breakers. To wit is Phil Stanger, a defenseman from Calgary. He came to the Breakers before the 1980-1981 season after a year spent with the Nor-Wes Caps of the BCJHL and used the 1981-1982 season as a springboard and was selected with the 97th overall pick in the 5th round by the Quebec Nordiques. He spent his last season with the Breakers the next season, returned to the BCJHL (this time with the Langley Eagles) for the 1983-1984 season (stats unavailable) and was never heard from again, at least hockey-wise. In 192 games over 3 seasons with Seattle, he managed to rack up 929 PIMs (305, 379, 275) and 61 PIMs in 19 playoff games. The Breakers were littered with stories like that.
Here is an article I found on the Breakers from SeattleHockey.net
Here are some highlights:
#40 with the Devils and #33 with the Penguins.
I am in the midst of making a Mitch Wilson DVD
Here's what I got so far. If anybody has anything to add, it will only make the disc better.
Mats Thelin vs Mitch Wilson BRUINS vs DEVILS NHL
Mitch Wilson vs Steve Taylor MAINE MARINERS vs SPRINGFIELD INDIANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Tom Martin ROUND 1 MAINE MARINERS vs SHERBROOKE CANADIENS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Tom Martin ROUND 2 MAINE MARINERS vs SHERBROOKE CANADIENS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Greg Joly MAINE MARINERS vs ADIRONDACK RED WINGS AHL
Steve Thomas vs Mitch Wilson ST CATHERINES SAINTS vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Basil McRae vs Mitch Wilson ADIRONDACK RED WINGS vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Carl Mokosak MAINE MARINERS vs HERSHEY BEARS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Mike Rowe MAINE MARINERS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs John Miner MAINE MARINERS vs NOVA SCOTIA OILERS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Ali Butorac MAINE MARINERS vs MONCTON FLAMES AHL
Ari Haanpaa vs Mitch Wilson SPRINGFIELD INDIANS vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Andre Dore vs Mitch Wilson HERSHEY BEARS vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Basil McRae vs Mitch Wilson ADIRONDACK RED WINGS vs MAINE MARINERS ROUND 2 AHL
John Miner vs Mitch Wilson NOVA SCOTIA OILERS vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Alan Kerr MAINE MARINERS vs SPRINGFIELD INDIANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Barry Melrose MAINE MARINERS vs ADIRONDACK RED WINGS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Bruce Shoebottom MAINE MARINERS vs BINGHAMPTON WHALERS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Dale Henry MAINE MARINERS vs SPRINGFIELD INDIANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Mal Davis MAINE MARINERS vs ROCHESTER AMERICANS NO GO AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Lou Crawford MAINE MARINERS vs ROCHESTER AMERICANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Vern Smith MAINE MARINERS vs SPRINGFIELD INDIANS AHL
Wade Campbell vs Mitch Wilson MONCTON FLAMES vs MAINE MARINERS AHL
Kelly Buchberger vs Mitch Wilson NOVA SCOTIA OILERS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Colin Chisholm SKIPJACKS vs INDIANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Jim Archibald SKIPJACKS vs INDIANS AHL
Craig Berube vs Mitch Wilson HERSHEY BEARS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Gerald Diduck vs Mitch Wilson BENCH SPRINGFIELD INDIANS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Craig Berube BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS vs HERSHEY BEARS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Roger Kortko BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS vs SPRINGFIELD INDIANS AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Al Tuer BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS vs NOVA SCOTIA OILERS ROUND 1 AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Al Tuer BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS vs NOVA SCOTIA OILERS ROUND 2 AHL
Mitch Wilson vs Jim Hofford AMERICANS vs SKIPJACKS AHL
Ken Daneyko vs Mitch Wilson DEVILS vs PENGUINS NHL
Ed Olczyk vs Mitch Wilson BLACKHAWKS vs PENGUINS NHL
Mitch Wilson vs Frantisek Musil PENGUINS vs NORTH STARS NHL
Brian Curran vs Mitch Wilson ISLANDERS vs PENGUINS NHL
Mitch Wilson vs Steve Konroyd NO GO PENGUINS vs ISLANDERS NHL
Mitch Wilson vs Grant Jennings BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS vs BINGHAMPTON WHALERS1 AHL
Shawn Anderson vs Mitch Wilson ROCHESTER AMERICANS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Tony Kellan vs Mitch Wilson BINGHAMPTON WHALERS1 vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Jeff Chychrun vs Mitch Wilson HERSHEY BEARS vs BALTIMORE SKIPJACKS AHL
Bill Watson vs Mitch Wilson HAWKS2 vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Byron Lowmow vs Mitch Wilson KOMETS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Dale Marquette vs Mitch Wilson ICE vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Jim Playfair vs Mitch Wilson HAWKS2 vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Kerry Clark vs Mitch Wilson ROADRUNNERS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Kevin MacDonald vs Mitch Wilson ROADRUNNERS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Kevin MacDonald vs Mitch Wilson ROADRUNNERS vs LUMBERJACKS NO GO IHL
Mike Peluso vs Mitch Wilson ICE vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Mitch Wilson Spears Rick Hayward LUMBERJACKS vs ROADRUNNERS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs 21 LUMBERJACKS vs KOMETS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs 6 LUMBERJACKS vs ICE IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Cam Brown LUMBERJACKS vs ADMIRALS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Chris Luongo LUMBERJACKS vs ROADRUNNERS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Derrick Smith LUMBERJACKS vs RIVERMEN IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Jerome Bechard LUMBERJACKS vs ROADRUNNERS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Kevin Evans LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Kevin Evans LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS ROUND2 IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Kevin Evans LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS ROUND3 IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Link Gaetz LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS IHL P1
Mitch Wilson vs Link Gaetz LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS IHL P2 KEVIN EVANS
Mitch Wilson vs Scott Robinson LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Somebody LUMBERJACKS vs KWINGS IHL
Mitch Wilson vs Stu Grimson LUMBERJACKS vs GOLDEN EAGLES IHL
Muskegan Lumberjacks vs Kalamazoo Kwings SCRUM MITCH WILSON IHL
Natyshak vs Mitch Wilson KOMETS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Neil Wilkinson Nails Mitch Wilson KWINGS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Neil Wilkinson vs Mitch Wilson KWINGS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Peter Fiorentino vs Mitch Wilson SPIRITS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Ronnie Stern vs Mitch Wilson ADMIRALS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Ronnie Stern vs Mitch Wilson ADMIRALS vs LUMBERJACKS NO GO IHL
Shaun Clouston vs Mitch Wilson ADMIRALS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Steven Fletcher vs Mitch Wilson KOMETS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Villeaux vs Mitch Wilson KWINGS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Warren Babe vs Mitch Wilson KWINGS vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Warren Rychel vs Mitch Wilson ICE vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
Wayne Van Dorp vs Mitch Wilson HAWKS2 vs LUMBERJACKS IHL
If you're still interested in, Seattle Breakers footage. I was watching some last night. Granted, it wasn't any of the aforementioned big names, fighting. It was however several fights, at least 6. I think 9 total. And it's funny, they did mention "Sangster's goons". They're on the Portland Winter Hawks 82-87 disc. The first of 5 fights was during a game, the Breakers were losing 14-4, LOFL!!!
My uncle was the owner of The Seattle Breakers. There were just as many fights in the stands as there was on the ice back then. Nearly everyone in the league was afraid of John Kordic back in 81-82.
Not to be a dick, but Kordic didn't play in the WHL until the 1982-1983 season, and from what I remember it took a while for him to establish his reputation as a tough guy... Had a good win over another young rookie in Craig Berube at the time and supposedly had a barn burner with Lyndon Byers but I've never seen the fight. He played on that stacked Portland team that had guys like Neely, and Ferarro and FOUR guys that over 50 goals! Unreal.
Here's a few fun facts/blurbs:
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