A prolific American Hockey League scorer during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Gerry Ehman played 19 seasons of professional hockey, including nearly 1,100 games combined between the AHL and the National Hockey League.
The Saskatchewan native was 20 years old when he debuted with the St. Louis Flyers in 1952, and he was a 40-goal scorer with the Springfield Indians during the 1957-58 campaign. But he is most remembered for his seven seasons with the Rochester Americans.
Between 1960 and 1967 with Rochester, Ehman topped the 30-goal mark six times and won two Calder Cup championships, helping the Amerks to back-to-back titles in 1965 and 1966. He claimed the AHL scoring title in 1963-64, earned three postseason All-Star Team nods, and was also a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup winning team in 1964.
Ehman, who still ranks fourth on the Amerks’ franchise scoring list, totaled 311 goals and 365 assists for 676 points in 654 career AHL games. He added 214 points in 429 games in the NHL before retiring into the front office.
Ehman finished his playing career with the NHL’s expansion Oakland Seals, and reunited with Seals general manager Bill Torrey on Long Island where he was part of the New York Islanders’ Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980’s as a member of their scouting department.
Ehman passed away in 2006 at the age of 73.