Though he only got into 4 NHL games, Jim Walsh was an incredible athlete in his own right.
Born in the anything-but-hockey-mad city of Norfolk, Virginia, Jim Walsh went on to become standout collegiate athlete at Northeastern University, where he starred at baseball, football and hockey. His athletic endeavors are legendary, as supported by his inclusion in the Northeastern athletic hall of fame in 1991.
Hockey emerged as Walsh's passion of choice, as he signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Sabres in 1979-80. Walsh spent 3 seasons apprenticing in the minor leagues with Rochester. His best season came in 1981-82 when he scored 7 goals and 40 points and was called up by the Sabres for a quick look.
The defenseman was released in the summer of 1982. He moved onto bounce around the AHL and IHL until 1984 when he retired.
In retirement Walsh opened his engineering and contracting firm in the greater Boston area.