"I'll never forget the first game of the series. The Russians were using these sticks, 'Montreal Surprise', they were called. The name was all over them. It was like they knew what was going to happen."

Don Awrey

Team Rosters: Canada

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Kitchener, Ontario

Club 1972:
Boston Bruins

Don Awrey
Team Canada # 26

Don Awrey was a classic NHL defense player that represented Boston Bruins in the 1972 Summit. Paired with one of the best blueliners of all time, Awrey always allowed Bobby Orr’s offensive talent to shine by supporting and backing up his magnificent end-to-end rushes. Awrey had a reputation of being a solid and tough defenseman and a great team player. In his NHL years, he was always thrilled to help his team with reliable and steady defense work including physical battles in the corners and shot blocking.

Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 969 31 158 189 1065
NHL Playoffs 71 0 18 18 150


  • Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1963-1979
  • Professional hockey clubs that Don Awrey played in: Boston Bruins, St.-Louis Blues, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens
  • Stanley Cups (2) : 1970, 1972


"A defenseman like Donny Awrey, who loved to block shots, had a tough time against those guys. I don't want to take anything away from Awrey, but he wasn't the right style of the defenseman to play the Russians."

Serge Savard, Team Canada 1972

The Awrey-Seiling blueliners' pair was considered the best in the training camp of Team Canada. However, they were beaten too often by the speedy Soviet forwards. Don Awrey played in just two games of the Summit Series.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
2 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
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