Rudy Filion

 

 

Seattle Ironmen 1948-52
Seattle Bombers 1952-54
Seattle Americans 1955-58
Seattle Totems 1958-63
Center - 6'0" - 178 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • PCHL Second Team All-Star:  1951

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959

Coaching

  • Seattle Totems:  1973-74
  • Coaching Record:  11-24-0

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1948-49 Seattle Ironmen 70 37 38 75 8
1949-50 Seattle Ironmen 34 13 23 36 2
1950-51 Seattle Ironmen 65 22 51 73 4
1951-52 Seattle Ironmen 65 15 50 65 23 4 3 4 7 0
1952-53 Seattle Bombers 68 28 46 74 2 5 4 2 6 2
1953-54 Seattle Bombers 52 16 35 51 0
1955-56 Seattle Americans 70 15 24 39 8
1956-57 Seattle Americans 49 4 14 18 6 6 0 1 1 0
1957-58 Seattle Americans 67 28 29 57 8 9 4 6 10 2
1958-59 Seattle Totems 67 30 37 67 2 12 7 11 18 0
1959-60 Seattle Totems 70 36 49 85 2 4 0 2 2 0
1960-61 Seattle Totems 70 36 60 96 2 11 2 7 9 0
1961-62 Seattle Totems 70 21 63 84 8 2 0 1 1 0
1962-63 Seattle Totems 70 15 34 49 7 14 3 3 6 0
Seattle Totals 887 316 553 869 82 67 23 37 60 4

Rudy Filion was one of the best and also one of the classiest players ever to wear the Seattle uniform.  Acquired by Seattle in the wake of the failure of the Tacoma Rockets franchise in 1948, he turned pro with the 1948-49 Ironmen and became a fixture at center in Seattle for the next 14 seasons.  He ranks second all-time in goals, assists and total points scored in a Seattle uniform, behind only Guyle Fielder in all three categories.  As for his clean play, he averaged one minor penalty per 10.8 games played, one of the lowest ratios in history. 

While Filion never led the league in any offensive category, he did lead his team in scoring four times and was a member of the Totems' championship squad in 1959.  Always a popular player in Seattle, he was honored with "Rudy Filion Night" at the Mercer Arena on March 11, 1960.  Ironically the night honoring one of the league's least penalized players was a near riot, resulting in 33 penalties being called against the Totems and the visiting Spokane Comets.

After his final year in Seattle Filion went on to play three more seasons with the Jersey Devils of the EHL before retiring as a player.  He later went to work in the Totems' front office, acting as both a scout and operations manager at the Coliseum.  Filion stepped behind the Totems' bench in January of 1974 to replace coach Phil Maloney, who had been promoted to the head coaching job of the parent Vancouver Canucks of the NHL.  Unfortunately injuries hit the team hard, and Rudy was only able to lead the club to 11 wins in their last 35 games of the season.