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ROD LANGWAY (1978-1982)

Rod
Langway

1952-1963
Position D
Shoots L
Weight 218lbs
Height 6'3"
Date of birth May 3rd, 1957
Place of birth Maaq, TWN
Seasons - MTL 4
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 268 26 101 127 160 347
1978-1979 45 3 4 7 5 30
1979-1980 77 7 29 36 36 81
1980-1981 80 11 34 45 53 120
1981-1982 66 5 34 39 66 116
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 26 3 6 9 0 42
1978-1979 8 0 0 0 0 16
1979-1980 10 3 3 6 0 2
1980-1981 3 0 0 0 0 6
1981-1982 5 0 3 3 0 18

THOUGH HE SPENT MOST OF HIS CAREER IN WASHINGTON, ROD LANGWAY DEVELOPED HIS GAME ALONGSIDE THE “BIG THREE” IN MONTREAL.

Only one native of Taiwan has made it to the NHL and Rod Langway’s career makes it unlikely that the Asian island will ever produce a better player. The greatest blue-liner in Washington Capitals history, Langway laid the foundation for his legendary career as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

Born to a U.S. military family stationed overseas, young Rod Langway was a talented multi-sport athlete. A standout in both baseball and football, he didn’t take up hockey until his teenage years. Rapidly making up for lost time, he was a star by the time he was old enough to drive. After leading his team to the Massachusetts High School Championship twice in three years, Langway then spent two years at the University of New Hampshire.

Drafted in 1977 by both the Canadiens and the Birmingham Bulls, the 20-year-old tried his luck with the WHA for a season before signing with Montreal in time for the 1978-79 season. He played 45 regular season games with the Habs and eight more in the playoffs, having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup at the conclusion of his rookie campaign.

Carrying 218 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, Langway was blessed with an incredible work ethic. Nobody worked harder than he did on or off the ice. Playing alongside “The Big Three,” Langway learned his trade from the best in the business. Primarily a stay-at-home defenseman, he was made to order for the Habs’ blue line corps.

By his second season, Langway had carved out a regular slot on the blue line. Featuring unerring anticipation and some of the NHL’s heaviest body checks, his solid defensive play allowed his more offensively-minded partners to apply themselves to augmenting the already overpowering Montreal attack.

Never a big goal scorer, Langway managed to contribute his fair share of assists, chipping in with 97 in his last three years with the Canadiens. In 1980-81, he had the best offensive numbers of his career with 11 goals and 45 points. No shrinking violet, he also picked up 120 penalty minutes that season, also a career high.

Traded to Washington in a six-player deal that brought Rick Green and Ryan Walter to Montreal before the 1982-83 season began, Langway made good use of the lessons he had learned with the Habs. He blossomed into one of the NHL’s premier defensemen with the added ice time and increased responsibility.

With Langway in the lineup, the Capitals – a team that had never reached the playoffs since their inception – reached the postseason for 10 consecutive years. The Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman, was awarded to Langway after his first campaign in the U.S. capital. Proving it was no fluke, he won it the following spring as well.

One of the greatest American players of all time, Langway proudly represented his country in numerous international competitions. He played his last NHL games in the 1992-93 season and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.