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Orland Kurtenbach 9-7-36
The 6′-2″ Cudworth, Saskatchewan Canada, native started his road to the National Hockey League in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with the Prince Albert Mintos team making a few appearances in higher level the Western Hockey League during his Canadian Junior years from 1953-51 to 1956-57. Riding the bus of the minor-pro leagues in the WHL and American Hockey League ranks, the rangy center with good vision and speed debut in the NHL during the 1960-21 season with the New Your Rangers. After 10 games with the NHL Club, he was sent back to his junior club the Vancouver Canucks where he posted 47 points in 55 games which caught the eye of the Providence Reds who were the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate at the time. In 64 games with the Reds the big forward was a point-a-game player in the minor depth system producing 64 points in 64 games but failed to gather a point in his eight games he got called up to the NHL B’s in the same 1961-62 season.
Kurtenbach would play in two-full seasons with the Boston team from 1963-64 to 1964-65 contributing 18-45-63 numbers in 134 career games with the Black and Gold. He would leave the Bruins organization and continue his professional hockey career making stops back in New York with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHL Vancouver Canucks. His NHL career numbers are 119-213-332 in 639 games played.