Jim McLeod

 

 

Seattle Totems 1960-62, 1964-67
Goalie - 5'8" - 175 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL Outstanding Goalkeeper:  1965, 1967
  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1965

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1967

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP W L T SO GAA GP W L SO GAA
1960-61 Seattle Totems 7 5 2 0 0 3.36
1961-62 Seattle Totems 12 6 6 0 0 3.08
1964-65 Seattle Totems 65 35 27 3 5 2.74 7 3 4 1 2.71
1965-66 Seattle Totems 46 20 23 2 2 3.64
1966-67 Seattle Totems 42 26 11 4 4 2.44 8 6 2 1 1.88
Seattle Totals 172 92 69 9 11 . 15 9 6 2 .
NHL Totals 16 6 6 4 0 3.00
WHA Totals 97 32 51 3 2 3.76

Jim McLeod made his professional hockey debut with the Seattle Totems in the fall of 1960, starting the first seven games of the season in place of Bev Bentley, who had suffered an eye injury during training camp.  The rookie was impressive, posting a 5-2-0 record before being farmed out to Muskegon of the IHL upon Bentley's return. 

McLeod earned the starting job for the 1961-62 season, and his position was solidified when Bentley was shipped of to San Francisco.  Unfortunately his play early in the season was inconsistent, causing coach Keith Allen to acquire veteran Al Millar to take over in goal.  McLeod was once again farmed out to the IHL.

The goaltender spent 1962-64 playing with Los Angeles and San Francisco in the WHL before the Totems once again obtained his rights prior to the 1964-65 season.  This time he got a shot at the starting duties for the entire season, posting an impressive record and earning the league's Outstanding Goalkeeper award.  He split time with backup Ernie Wakely during the Totems' disappointing 1965-66 season.

The Totems went into the 1966-67 under their third coach in three years.  It was Bill MacFarland's first year as coach, and the former Totem was popular with the players who really came together under his leadership.  McLeod was once again the starter, splitting time with new backup Jim Armstrong.  The tandem played well together, and McLeod won his second Outstanding Goalkeeper award in three years with a 26-11-4 record and a stellar 2.44 GAA.  He started every game in the playoffs, going 6-2 with a 1.88 GAA to help lead the Totems to the WHL Championship.

During the 1967 offseason the Totems made a surprise move, trading the goaltender to the Portland Buckaroos for their starting goalie Don Head and cash.  McLeod was younger than Head and was coming off of a much better season, but the move paid off for Seattle when Head helped them to the second straight league title in 1968.

Following four seasons in Portland, McLeod made appearances in both the NHL (St. Louis) and WHA.