Friday, February 18, 2011

Dick Lamby

Dick Lamby was a big, strong and aggressive defenseman with great mobility and strong on his skates.

He attended from Salem State University, the only NHL graduate ever produced at that school.  Dick had some very steady seasons at Salem State and was NCAA All-Star both in 1974 and 75. During the 1974-75 seasons Dick racked up 57 points (including 25 goals) in 26 games. He was then selected 135th overall by St.Louis in the 1975 draft. His impressive play gave him an invitation to play for USA during the 1975-76 season and an eventual shot at the 1976 Olympics. Dick was impressive during the 63 games he played for USA, scoring 47 points (12 goals, 35 assists).

He made the final cut and played in the 1976 Olympics. After that thrilling experience Dick went on to play two seasons for Boston University. He racked up a total of 104 points (24 goals and 80 assists) in only 54 games. In time for the 1978 World Championships in Prague, Dick was called into action to represent USA once again.

When Dick made his debut with St.Louis in the NHL he had more experience than most players his age. Although he spent most of the 1978-79 season playing for Salt Lake (CHL) he managed to play 9 games for St.Louis (4 assists).

Dick never won a regular job on the St.Louis defense and only played a total of 13 more games for the Blues the following two seasons. The rest of the time he played in Salt Lake. St.Louis lost their patience with Dick and traded the curly haired defenseman to Colorado with Joe Micheletti for Bill Baker on December 4, 1981. Baker ironically had also represented USA in the Olympics - but he won the Gold in 1980.

After the trade when Dick realized that he didn't figure in Colorado's plans either he decided to quit playing. He was tired of the travelling between various minor league teams. In a little bit over a year he played in Salt Lake, Fort Worth, Dallas and Muskegon.

What looked to be a bright future in the NHL never panned out and that was really a shame because Dick was pretty solid defenseman, especially offensively.


dpelletier24 October 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM  

Hey Joe, my name is Dan Pelletier and I am related to Dick. His father and my father's mother were brother and sister. I am just curious to know what made you choose to write about Dick? Are you also related to him?

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