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Richer was drafted 29th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 1,054 career NHL games, scoring 421 goals and 398 assists for 819 points. Richer won the Calder Cup in 1985. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
Richer scored 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens in 1987–88 and 51 in 1989–90, becoming the only player to do so since Guy Lafleur's prime. To this date, Richer is the last player to have scored 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens.
Richer was known to have one of the hardest shots in the NHL during his playing days, coupled with an extremely quick release. Unlike many other players, Richer only had to wind up his stick to about waist height to achieve full power on his shot. During the 1994 New Jersey Devils team-only skills competition prior to the All-Star Game, Richer recorded multiple slapshots that exceeded the 100 mph mark.
Iafrate was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft after a standout career with the Detroit Compuware Spitfires and a short but distinguished stay with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Iafrate played for Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals.
He is perhaps most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record in 1993 which stood to 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3km/h).
Marty McSorley is one of the toughest players to ever play in the NHL. During the mid-80’s he was best known around the hockey world as “Wayne Gretzky’s Bodyguard”. His physical play would play a prominent role in Edmonton capturing back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1987 and 1988. In just 961 career games, he amassed over 3000 penalty minutes. Over the course of his career, he has made several television and film appearances, including Bad Boys & Con Air.
He was touted as a star throughout his early hockey career. Savard's amateur teams consistently won titles at all levels of peewee, midget and provincial leagues. He was projected as a “can’t miss” prospect in the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Savard in the 1st round, 3rd overall in the 1980 NHL Draft. After being traded to Montreal he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1993. Savard was among the top 10 in scoring five times in his career, including two third-place finishes. His exceptional stickhandling skating and playmaking skills earned him numerous appearances on hockey's highlight reels. Over the course of his stellar 17 year NHL career he registered 1338 points in 1196 games.
Bryan Muir played for Canada’s National team in a tournament in Moscow where he impressed the Edmonton Oilers as they signed him to a try out. Muir was a gritty defenseman that did not have a problem with protecting his teammates. In 2001 the Colorado Avalanche acquired Muir to some strength to their defense course. Muir and the Avalanche ended up winning the Stanley Cup that year. Over his 12 year NHL career, he played for 7 different franchises recording 281 penalty minutes in 279 games.
Vaive was selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
In 1980, the Canucks traded Vaive, along with Bill Derlago, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jerry Butler. In Toronto, Vaive and Derlago were teamed with Pat Hickey, and Derlago became Vaive's setup man. Vaive scored prolifically with the Leafs, becoming the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history, surpassing that threshold three times. He recorded 54 goals in 198182, 51 goals in 198283, and 52 goals in 198384. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982 to 1986.
Thornton was drafted in the first round, third overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He also played left wing for the Edmonton Oilers, Montréal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks. In his first season with San Jose, he had a career year, scoring twenty goals playing alongside gritty centre Mike Ricci. He signed a two-year contract extension in the 2003/04 season. The first season of the extension coincided with the 2004/05 NHL lockout, and after the second year, Thornton became an unrestricted free agent and on July 1, 2006, he signed a 2 year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
Thornton announced his retirement on July 28, 2008.
Mike Krushelnyski was a versatile forward who was equally proficient at left wing and centre. He was a good stickhandler with a long reach who could score, set up plays and check. “Krusher” was selected 120th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1979 NHL draft. After being traded to Edmonton, Krushelnyski scored 13 points in 18 games while helping the Oilers repeat as Stanley Cup champions. He would go on to win 4 Stanley Cups and record over 500 points in his 15 year NHL career.
Selected as the Leafs’ first pick and eighth over-all in the 1970 Entry Draft, Sittler’s offensive exploits began to shine during his third-season in the league when he scored 77 points. At the age of 24, he became the second-youngest captain in team history. On February 7, 1976 in a game against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists to set a NHL record one that still stands today for most points in a game with 10. That record-breaking moment helped Sittler become the first ever Maple Leaf to reach 100 points in a single season. Later that April, Sittler’s sensational scoring streak would continue in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he scored five goals in a single game against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying a playoff record. On September 15, 1976 during the Canada Cup final Darryl scored the tournament winning goal for Canada. In 1989, Sittler was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Dennis Maruk was a classic case of a small man looking to excel in a big man’s game. He would get his chance when he was selected 21st overall in the 1975 NHL draft by the California Golden Seals. He was traded to Washington where he would register 50 goals twice and one incredible campaign where he tallied 60 goals and 76 assists for a total of 136 points. Only nine players in league history have scored as many goals in a single season as Dennis Maruk and only eight players equaled or surpassed his single-season point totals. As a result, Maruk was selected for the All-Star team in 1978 and 1982.
Tory Crowder had a reputation for being one of the best enforcers in all of junior hockey, and the Devils selected him, knowing that a player such as Crowder would have a role to fill in the NHL. When he began his NHL career, Crowder had no intention of being a fighter, but he soon realized that was the sole reason for his being called up to the big leagues. He quickly earned respect around the NHL for being one of the games top enforcers. Crowder left the NHL having played in 150 games, scoring nine goals and 16 points with 433 minutes in penalties.
A hard worker without a lot of flash who was good on defence and at making plays, Adam Oates was one of the few NHL stars never to have been chosen in the draft.
Oates played nineteen seasons in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers. Known as an elite playmaker, Adam Oates scored 341 goals and contributed a staggering 1,079 assists for a total of 1,420 points in 1,337 regular season NHL games. He also scored 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points in 163 playoff contests. After retiring as a player in April 2004, he served as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils prior to joining the Capitals as their head coach for two seasons between 2012 and 2014.
In 2012, the outstanding playmaking skills of Adam Oates were recognized when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A native of Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Wendel Clark was selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending two years with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL. For much of Clark's childhood, and through most of his playing days in Saskatoon, he was a defenseman but also saw some playing time on left wing during his final season in junior. During his rookie season in Toronto, the coaching staff decided to move Clark to the left wing on a full-time basis. The change seemed to agree with him, as he scored 34 goals and finished second in the Calder Trophy race for the NHL’s top rookie. Clark spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Leafs and would be named team Captain in 1991.
Clark was traded to Quebec in 1994 and would spend the next two seasons split between the Nordiques and New York Islanders before returning to the Leafs in a deadline deal in 1996. He played the next two seasons with the Leafs before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998. Spending less than a season in Tampa and two brief stints in Detroit & Chicago, Clark would return to Toronto for his third tour of duty in 2000. In 793 career NHL regular season games spanning 15 seasons, Clark recorded 330 goals, 234 assists, 564 points and 1690 penalty minutes.
After spending his junior career with the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL and two seasons with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL, Dan Daoust was called up to the Montreal Canadiens in 1982-83 where he played four games and tallied one assist. Soon thereafter, Daoust was off to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, where the bulk of his NHL career would be played. In 48 games with the Leafs that year, Daoust contributed 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. He had high expectations for himself the following year, and he came through as promised. In 78 games, Daoust averaged almost a point per game, scoring 18 times while assisting on 56 others for 74 points.
Daoust played a total of eight years in Toronto, becoming a fan favourite along the way. Despite his lack of size, he was always willing to stick his nose into a scrum. The final numbers for Daoust read 522 games played, 87 goals, 167 assists, 254 points, and 544 minutes in penalties.
Kevin Maguire was signed as an undrafted free agent prior to the 1984-85 season and the hard-nosed right winger got his first taste of NHL action as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1986-87 season. The following season he was picked up on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres where he quickly became a fan favourite with his gritty play. It was with the Sabres in 1988-89 that he had a career year by amassing 18 points and 241 penalty minutes in 60 games. Kevin split the 1989-90 season between the Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers before returning to Toronto for parts of the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. Throughout his NHL career, Maguire would appear in 260 games scoring 29 goals and adding 30 assists while amassing 782 penalty minutes.
After a highly successful junior career that included three Memorial Cups with the Kamloops Blazers and a gold medal as a member of Team Canada’s World Junior team in 1995, Darcy Tucker began his professional career in the Montreal Canadians organization playing for Fredericton in the AHL. Tucker would win the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s top rookie that season and would spend the next two years with the big club in Montreal before being traded to Tampa Bay.
After spending parts of three seasons in Tampa Bay, he would be traded to Toronto and would quickly establish himself as a fan favourite while wearing the blue & white. Tucker would spend eight seasons in Toronto before signing with the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2008-09 season. He would spend the next two season with Colorado before retiring after the 2009-10 season. Throughout his NHL career, Tucker played in 947 regular season games, scoring 215 goals and adding 261 assists for 476 points.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Peter Ing was drafted by his hometown team in the 2nd round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft (48th overall) after a dominant season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. Ing would spend one more full season in the OHL, split between Windsor and the London Knights, before making his professional debut during the 1989-90 season. He spent the majority of that season with Toronto’s AHL affiliate in Newmarket but also had a brief stint back in junior with the London Knights, along with some time spent with the Canadian National Team and, finally, played his first three games in the NHL with the Maple Leafs. Ing would earn the starting role in Toronto’s goal the following season and recorded 16 wins on a struggling team. That season he was named the team’s recipient of the Molson Cup along with the NHL’s Rookie-of-the-Month in December 1990 when he posted a 7-3-1 record with a .913 save percentage.
Prior to the 1991-92 season, Ing was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in a blockbuster deal that saw Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson & Craig Berube sent to Toronto for Ing, Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton & Luke Richardson. He would spend a brief time with the Oilers, split between Edmonton and their AHL affiliate in Cape Breton, before being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in 1993. Ing played in only 3 games with Detroit that season, spending much of his time with the Adirondack Red Wings (AHL) and Las Vegas Thunder (IHL), and went on to play two more seasons in the IHL before retiring in 1996. Ing played in 73 career NHL games and finished with a record of 20(W)-37(L)-9(T) with 1 shutout.
Mike Gartner was drafted 4th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals after spending his junior career with St. Catharines and Niagara Falls of the OMJHL and a year in the WHA with the Cincinnati Stingers. Gartner would have an immediate impact with the Capitals, recording 36 goals and 32 assists in his rookie campaign. He would spend nearly a decade with Washington prior to being dealt to Minnesota in 1989. Mike would spend just one year with the North Stars before being dealt to the New York Rangers in 1990.
At the 1994 trade deadline, Gartner was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would help guide the team to their second straight Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. He would spend two more seasons with his hometown Leafs before being dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes, the team he would finish his Hall of Fame career with. Throughout his stops in Washington, Minnesota, New York, Toronto & Phoenix, Mike played in 1432 regular season games, scoring 708 goals and adding 627 assists for 1335 career points.
Born in Seaforth, Ontario, Dave McLlwain would spend his junior career with the Kitchener Rangers and North Bay Centennials before making his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that drafted him in the 9th round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (172nd Overall). McLlwain spent the majority of the 1987-88 season and parts of the following season with Pittsburgh before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets. He had two productive seasons with the Jets but would spend the 1991-92 season bouncing from team to team. He would spend time with the Jets, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres before settling in with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the 1992-93 season with Toronto before being claimed by the Ottawa Senators, where he would spend parts of the next three seasons.
McLlwain had two brief stints back with the Penguins and Islanders in 1996 and 1997 before heading to Europe, where he would spend twelve seasons split between Switzerland and Germany. McLlwain played in 501 career NHL regular season games, scoring 100 goals and adding 107 assists for 207 points.
Mark Napier was blessed with blinding speed and a natural scoring ability. In 1974-75 while playing with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros he registered 66 goals in the regular season and then led all playoff scorers with 24 goals and 48 points when the team won the Memorial Cup. Following the season he was named to the OHA first all-star team. Napier turned pro in 1975-76 with the Toronto Toros of the WHA. That year he earned the Lou Kaplan trophy as the league's top rookie. He was selected tenth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He accounted for 235 career goals with four different NHL clubs, won two Stanley Cups then excelled in Europe for four seasons.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Pat Boutette went the college route, playing his NCAA hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, following a season with the London Knights of the OHA. Boutette was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 9th round of the 1972 NHL Entry Draft (139th overall) and would spend the first two years of his professional career with the organization’s CHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. In 1975-76, he was called up to the big club and skated on a line with Dave “Tiger” Williams and Jack Valiquette.
In his fifth season with the Leafs, Boutette was traded to the Hartford Whalers, a team he would average nearly a point per game with over a season and a half. Following the 1980-81 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would spend the next four seasons before returning to Hartford for a brief stint. Boutette retired in 1985 and finished his NHL career with 756 regular season games played, scoring 171 goals and adding 282 assists for 453 points.
After a standout season with the Regina Pats (WHL) in 1981-82, Gary Leeman was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round (24th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft. He would return to Regina the following season, where he was selected to join the Team Canada World Junior team, before making his debut with the Maple Leafs in the 1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs. By the 1985-86 season, Leeman had become part of the “Hound Line” along with Russ Courtnall and Wendel Clark. From 1986-90, Leeman was the top goal scorer on the Leafs with four 20-goal seasons to his credit, including a 50-goal season in 1989-90 which made him the second Maple Leaf to ever accomplish that feat. In his 10th season as a Leaf, Leeman became the key piece in a trade that saw Doug Gilmour dealt to Toronto from the Calgary Flames.
Leeman would spend a year with the Flames before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1993 and went on to win a Stanley Cup later that season. He would spend the following season with the Canadiens before signing with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent. Leeman would spend a brief period with the Canucks and St Louis Blues organizations before going overseas to play in Italy, Germany & Switzerland. At the conclusion of his NHL career, Leeman played in 667 regular season games, scoring 199 goals and 267 assists for 466 points.
Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd Round (24th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Ric Nattress would spend two more seasons with Brantford of the Ontario Hockey League before making his professional debut with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League. After a brief stint in Nova Scotia, Nattress would make his NHL debut with Montreal in 1982. Following the 1984-85 season, he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues where he would spend the next two seasons before being traded to the Calgary Flames. Nattress spent the next four seasons in Calgary, making the playoffs in each of those seasons, before being traded to Toronto as part of the Doug Gilmour 10-player deal midway through his fifth season with the team. He finished the 1991-92 season with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent for the 1992-93 season. Following his lone season with the Flyers, Nattress retired from the NHL in October of 1993. He played in 536 career regular season games in the NHL, scoring 29 goals and adding 135 assists for 164 points.
Kraig was signed as a college free agent by the Boston Bruins in 1985. In his first 84 games, he would score 20 goals. After leaving the NHL, Kraig moved to Europe where he continue to play for another 11 seasons. Today, he is a singer/songwriter who entertains at any and all functions and events . Kraig has performed at 3 Winter Classic games, and most recently was a featured performer at the Edmonton Oilers 30 Year Stanley Cup Reunion celebration. In addition, Kraig performed in front of a world record audience of 115,000 when the Michigan Wolverines took on the Michigan State Spartans at The Big Chill at The Big House in 2010. To check out his website please visit: http://www.9house.net/
Joe was a second round selection of the Calgary Flames, 27th overall, at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 20 seasons for the Flames, Stars, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. He is one of only ten players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams, winning titles with Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. A two-time Olympian, Nieuwendyk won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 winter games. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and his uniform number 25 was honoured by the Flames on March 7, 2014.
Smooth-skating Paul Coffey embodied everything an offensive defenseman could be - lightning fast, a skilled playmaker, a booming shot and savvy, yet still able to defend his team's zone employing blinding speed. Through twenty-one NHL seasons, Paul Coffey was named to either the First or Second All-Star Team eight times, and as the Norris Trophy winner on three occasions. He also appeared in fourteen NHL All-Star Games and represented Canada at four Canada/World Cup tournaments. Paul retired as the highest scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history and the second most proficient defenseman in NHL regular season history. He finished his career with an outstanding 1531 points.
Paul Coffey was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Edmonton Oilers retired his uniform number 7 in 2005.
Gare was selected 29th overall in the 1974 Amateur Draft and reported straightway to the Sabres camp. He made an immediate impact, scoring 31 goals during the regular season and adding 13 points during a 1975 playoff run that saw the team fall short in the finals to Bernie Parent and the Flyers.
In year two, Gare joined Don Luce and Craig Ramsey on the club's checking line. They played a great two-way game as Gare tallied his first 50-goal season.
By 1979-80, Gare, as the team's captain, buried 56 goals and 33 assists to lead the league in scoring along with fellow snipers Charlie Simmer and Blaine Stoughton.
Shortly after representing Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup Tournament, Gare was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he performed until 1986. He then put in one final season with the Edmonton Oilers in the company of Gretzky, Messier and Coffey.
A first-round draft choice of the Atlanta Flames in 1978, he joined the ranks of NHL players that fall, playing all 80 games with the Flames that season. When Atlanta relocated to Calgary for 1980-81, Marsh went with the team up to Alberta and stayed there until he was traded to Philadelphia for Mel Bridgman in November 1981. Marsh was an exuberant Flyer until the completion of the 1987-88 season. He was then picked up by the Maple Leafs where he quickly became a fan favourite. His heart and determination led him to play over 1000 games in the NHL. His career culminated with a selection to the NHL All Star game in 1993.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Ryan VandenBussche played three seasons with the Cornwall/Newmarket Royals franchise in the early 1990s and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played for 3 teams throughout his NHL career with New York Rangers (19961998) Chicago Blackhawks (19982004) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (20052006). VandenBussche's role was as an enforcer. He has the distinction of being pound for pound one of the toughest enforcer's at the NHL level.