September 07, 2015
George "Snowy" Swarbrick joined the Oakland Seals in 1967-69. With a reputation for having a hard shot - a badly needed trait on a team that needed goals. However injuries would beset Sawrbrick, as he suffered a broken hand and a broken ankle. That limited him to just 49 games, in which he contributed 13 goals and 18 points. His main role would not be to score goals. He was primarily a third or fourth line penalty killer.
In Brad Kurtzberg's book The Untold Story of The Oakland Seals, teammate Aut Erickson described Swarbrick as "a worker, he could really skate." Kent Douglas said he was "a quick skater who could really shoot the puck."
Swarbrick was also remembered as a jokester, on and off the ice.
On January 30, 1969, Swarbrick was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Bugsy Watson and Tracey Pratt for Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi. He would play sparingly with the Pens, playing mostly with their farm team in Baltimore. He would briefly appear in Philadelphia as well.
All told, Swarbrick played in 132 NHL games, scoring 17 goals and 25 assists. He later became an electrician near Omaha, Nebraska.
Swarbrick's son-in-law, Greg Adams, would also play in the NHL in the 1980s and 1990s.