Gordie Sinclair

 

 

Seattle Americans 1955-58
Seattle Totems 1958-66
Defenseman - 5'10" - 155 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1957, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1965
  • WHL Second Team All-Star:  1958, 1964

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1955-56 Seattle Americans 70 13 12 25 83
1956-57 Seattle Americans 70 14 34 48 66 6 2 6 8 10
1957-58 Seattle Americans 70 11 32 43 78 9 0 4 4 10
1958-59 Seattle Totems 69 14 31 45 80 12 1 4 5 4
1959-60 Seattle Totems 67 6 33 39 34 4 0 0 0 2
1960-61 Seattle Totems 62 6 31 37 26 11 2 4 6 6
1961-62 Seattle Totems 70 10 38 48 48 2 0 1 1 0
1962-63 Seattle Totems 70 10 43 53 44 17 4 4 8 6
1963-64 Seattle Totems 69 14 42 56 62
1964-65 Seattle Totems 61 9 26 35 52 7 0 4 4 10
1965-66 Seattle Totems 66 7 36 43 42
Seattle Totals 744 114 358 472 615 68 9 27 36 48

Gordie Sinclair came to the Seattle Americans in 1955-56 following a solid rookie season with New Westminster.  It quickly became apparent that Gordie wasn't like most other defenseman of the era, with his smooth skating and excellent passing.  He quickly established himself as an offensive threat on the blue line, averaging almost 43 points per season with Seattle from 1955-66.

"Wedge" came into his own in 1956-57, picking up 14 goals and 48 points during the regular season and tacking on another eight points in six games during the playoffs.  He was an important part of the building process with the Americans during the late 1950s, culminating with a WHL championship in 1959 with the newly renamed Totems.

Sinclair was surprising sturdy for a player of his relatively small size, missing only 26 regular season games during his 11 seasons with the Americans and Totems, and his 114 career goals are the most ever scored by a Seattle defenseman.  He was regularly recognized as one of the top defenseman in the WHL, being named to seven all-star teams while in Seattle. 

Sinclair was traded to the expansion San Diego Gulls prior to the 1966-67 season, so unfortunately he missed the Totems' back-to-back championships in 1967 and 1968.  He went on to play four productive seasons with the Gulls before retiring in 1970.