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1/28/1949 Sudbury, Ontario
NY Rangers 4th, 20th overall, in 1966.
During his three seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHA, Jack Egers was a big-time scorer, especially during his final campaign in 1967-68 when he led the league by scoring 53 goals.
With his rights owned by the New York Rangers, he was dispatched to play for the Omaha Knights of the CHL the following year. In spite of a shoulder separation during his first campaign, he still managed to score 58 points in 59 games. In his second year, he was voted a league all-star on the strength of a 90-point season.
It was then time to join the Rangers at the NHL level. He entered the league with high expectations for success. His nickname was "Smokey," a reference to his ability to knock the sap out of the wood of his sticks with his rocket of a slapshot.
But his transition into the majors was not smooth. During a game against the North Stars, he let a shot go just over the blueline at goaltender Gilles Gilbert. Just as the puck took off, Stars defenseman Fred Barrett hit him with a thunderous check that caused him to hit his head on the ice. The hard impact caused him to swallow his tongue, putting his life at risk. Swift medical attention averted disaster although Egers was sidelined with a concussion for some time.
With the Blues, Egers was placed on a line with Mike Murphy and Garry Unger. The mix suited Egers just fine as he enjoyed the two most prolific campaigns of his career.
Egers was claimed by Washington from the New York Rangers in the Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. In his 12th game of the season he ruptured a disc in his lower back that required surgery. He tried to return to play, but the injury was season ending. In 1977, Jack's last season of play was spent with the Brantford Alexanders that took home the Allen Cup. He then went on to coach Junior B hockey for six years and started a career as a firefighter for the City of Kitchener, holding the rank of Captain.
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1968) ; CHL First All-Star Team (1970). Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Andre Dupont and Mike Murphy for Gene Carr, Jim Lorentz and Wayne Connelly, November 15th, 1971. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Glen Sather and Rene Villemure, October 28th, 1973. Claimed by Washington from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 12th, 1974.