January 15, 2014

Joe Junkin Passes Away

Goaltender Joe Junkin, who played one game in the National Hockey League totalling 8 minutes, passed away on January 11th, 2014. He succumbed to a battle with cancer.
Described as "an excellent athlete" with "unique speed and skating ability for a goaltender," Junkin appeared  in a game with the Boston Bruins in the 1968-69 season. He started the night as a back up called up from the minor leagues. He finished the night with mop-up duty, finishing the last 8 minutes of the game without allowing a single goal.
He was returned to the minors shortly thereafter, never to return to the NHL. A scary eye injury threatened his whole career and cost him the 1970-71 season as his retina was reattached to his eye.
But the Lindsay, Ontario native did return, starring in the minor leagues as well as brief stints with  the New Jersey Knights, the New York Golden Blades and the San Diego Mariners with the World Hockey Association.
Junkin was living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the time of his death. He was 67 years old.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Joe leaves behind a son, James Joseph Junkin, 41, of Oakton, VA and 2 grandsons, Jacob Aiden, 9, and Collin James, 7, Junkin, also of Virginia. James was born when Joe was playing for the Syracuse Blazers, and on Jan 5, 1973 Joe played in goal and had an 11-0 shutout against the Charlotte Checkers, one of his 5 shutouts for that season.

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