Celebrity Players

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RICK VAIVE

Rick Vaive played in the NHL from 1979-1992 and is best remembered as the first 50 goal scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a feat he accomplished three times. He entered the NHL in 1979 after being selected 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks, after an impressive junior career with the Sherbrooke Castors. He scored 54 goals in 1981-82, 51 goals in 1982-83 and 52 goals in 1983-84. He was also captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982-86. In 1987, he was traded to Chicago, scoring 43 goals in his first season and afterwards, spent 4 season with the Buffalo Sabres, retiring in 1992. In 1993, he joined the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Canucks and has served as a minor-league coach in Hamilton, Charleston, St. John and Mississauga in the OHL.

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WENDEL CLARK

Drafted 1st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft after spending his Junior career with his home Province Saskatoon Blades on the WHL. Clark represented Canada in the ’85 World Juniors winning Gold. In his rookie season with the Leafs, Wendel made an immediate impact in the league and with Leafs Nation. He scored 34 goals for 45 points and took on all comers racking up 227 penalty minutes. His physical style of play and offensive talent built the foundation of a great career and later leading to Clark becoming the Captain of the storied Maple Leafs. He led by example and was the one working the hardest and scoring the big goals.In 793 career NHL games Clark recorded 564 points and 1690 Penalty Minutes playing for Toronto, Quebec, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit & Chicago.

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SHAYNE CORSON

Drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, Shayne Corson would twice represent his country at the World Junior Championships, while playing in the OHL for the Hamilton Steelhawks, before turning pro with Montreal in 1986. He quickly established himself as a power forward and would spend parts of eight seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Shayne would spend the next three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues. He would spend just over a year with St. Louis before being dealt back to Montreal during the 1996-97 season. Shayne spent the next four seasons back with the team that drafted him, representing his country on the Olympic stage in Nagano in 1998, before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000. He spent the next three years with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars prior to the 2003-04 season.

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GUY CARBONNEAU

Drafted in the 3rd round by Montreal in 1979, Guy Carbonneau would spend another year in junior and then two years in the minors before making the roster of the legendary Canadiens. Part of that team’s rebuilding after an unusual gap between Cups, Carbonneau earned 47 points and was plus-18 in his rookie season. His two Cups in 13 seasons with Montreal were a direct result of his leadership and his incredible two-way play. In fact, he single-handedly shut down Wayne Gretzky in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals. He won three Selke trophies before being traded to St. Louis. After only one season there, he moved to the Dallas Stars, where he won a third cup in 1999. He spent five seasons in Texas but then returned to Montreal, this time in the front office. After Bob Gainey became GM in 2003, he made sure that Carbonneau, his old wingman, was behind the bench. In 2006, he became the Head Coach of his beloved Canadiens, a position he held until 2009.

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MIKE KRUSHELNYSKI

Mike Krushelnyski learned the fundamentals of the game in his hometown Montreal, that lead to a NHL career of almost 900 games. Drafted by Boston in 1979 he spent two years in the organization before joining full time in 1982-83. He scored 23 goals and 65 points in his rookie season and quickly became regarded as one of the best young players in hockey. Traded in 84-85 season to the Oilers where he recorded his career highs as well as the Stanley Cup and played in the 1985 All-Star Game. Krushelnyski was part of the biggest trades in NHL history, On August 9, 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Wayne Gretzky and Marty McSorley. He played with the Kings before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1990-91. He was with Toronto for four seasons before signing for one year with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. He finished his career in 1996-97.

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RIC NATTRESS

In 1980 he was drafted 27th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, but made his pro debut in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs with the Habs farm team Nova Scotia. Ric played 3 seasons in Montreal before being traded to St. Louis in the 1985-86 season. Nattress spent 2 seasons with the Blues and then went to the Calgary Flames in June 1987. In Calgary Ric won a Stanley Cup and played a steady defensive game his entire career. Ric was traded to the Maple Leafs as part of a 10 player trade that included Doug Gilmour. Nattress spent 1 season in Toronto and finished his career in Philadelphia with the Flyers. An 11 year NHL career totaling 536 games with 236 points.

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TOM FERGUS

Fergus was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1980 NHL entry draft by the Boston Bruins. Tom spent 4 seasons in Boston and tallied 236 points. He was traded to Toronto in 1985 and was a top scorer. Fergus played 7 seasons in Toronto before moving to Vancouver and his final 2 seasons in the NHL with the Canucks. He amassed career totals of 235 goals and 346 assists for 581 points in 726 NHL games, along with 499 penalty minutes.

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TODD WARRINER

Warriner was a highly touted player in Junior and was selected 4th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1992 NHL entry draft. Before making his NHL debut Todd won a silver medal for Canada at the 1994 Olympics. In 1995 he became a regular with the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent 6 seasons in Toronto before being traded to Tampa Bay. Todd spent 2 seasons in Tampa followed by stops in Phoenix, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Nashville. He totaled 249 points in 453 NHL games. Warriner is currently a TV broadcaster with SportsNet in Toronto.

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KRAIG NIENHUIS

Kraig started playing competitive hockey at the age of 19, joining the Sarnia Jr. Bees. He quickly became a skilled player and went onto play NCAA Div. I with R.P.I. winning a National Championship in 1985. After college he spent a few seasons between Boston and their AHL farm team before going to Europe where he played professionally for 10 more seasons. He is currently the lead singer in the band 9 House and has opened for Tom Cochrane and The Tragically Hip at charity events.

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TODD HARVEY

Harvey was selected in the first round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 9th overall, by the Dallas Stars, following a successful junior career, which included being the captain of the Canadian team at the World Junior Hockey Championships. His intense style of hockey and smallish frame lead to numerous injuries, and after three seasons in Dallas, and a brief stint with the New York Rangers, Harvey was dealt to the San Jose Sharks, where he played a key role as a checking forward and an agitator. Harvey signed with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to the NHL lockout and was part of the cinderella Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Harvey had 1 goal and 1 assist in the 2006 Playoffs.

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DAVE GAGNER

Drafted 12th overall by the New York Rangers, Gagner first played on the Canadian National team, where he competed in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. When he returned, he alternated between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate for 3 seasons. When he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1987, his career significantly picked up – he had a 30+ goal season in every year he played there. His best season was 1990-1991 when he had 82 regular-season points and was a juggernaut in the Stars run to the Stanley Cup. Staying with the team when they relocated to Dallas, he was traded to the Maple Leafs for the last third of the 1995-1996 season. He then spent a season in Calgary and then a year and a half in Florida before finishing his career in Vancouver. Gagner served as an assistant coach from 2006-2008 with OHL’s London Knights and as director of player development for the Vancouver Canucks from 2008-2013.

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DAVE MCLLWAIN

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL entry draft and making his NHL debut with the Pens in ’87 a team he would play 2 seasons with before moving to Winnipeg in an off season move. In 1989. As a Jet, he enjoyed the finest offensive season of his career, scoring 25 goals and 26 assists. McLlwain has the distinction of playing for four different NHL teams in a single season. He started as a Jet playing three games, was traded to Buffalo where he skated in five games, was traded to the Islanders, playing 54 games on Long Island, then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final eleven games of their season. McLlwain played 1992-93 with Toronto but with Ottawa entering the league, he was picked up in the Waiver Draft. The dust never really got to settle on Dave’s suitcase, as during the 1995-96 season, he was dealt to Pittsburgh. The next season, he signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent where he ended his NHL career.

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KEITH ACTON

Keith was selected in the 6th round 103rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 3 full seasons with the Habs and quickly earned the respect of the league as a tenacious 2 way player. He then spent 5 years in Minnesota before moving to Edmonton and winning a Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1987/88. He then went to Philadelphia for 5 more seasons then Washington and finished his 15 season career with the NY Islanders at the end of the 1994 season. Actons career totalled 1023 games played and 584 points.

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KEVIN MAGUIRE

Maguire signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization in 1984, but didn’t make his NHL debut with the Leafs until 1986. In 1987, Maguire joined the Buffalo Sabres where he saw his steadiest stretch of action. He achieved his career-best 18 points and 241 penalty minutes during his second campaign with the club. Maguire rounded out his pro career with a brief stop in Philly followed by a return engagement with the Leafs that ended in 1992. Maguire appeared in 260 games, scored 29 goals and added 30 assists while accumulating 782 penalty minutes. Upon retirement, Maguire left his skates on to pursue a career as a referee. After an apprenticeship in the AHL and the IHL, he made it to the NHL in 1999.

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DAN DAOUST

Dan Daoust had a solid junior career before being signed as a free agent by Montreal in 1980. Dan played a few games with the Canadiens, before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982. Daoust was an immediate success in Toronto, scoring 51 points in 48 games in his first season there. Daoust relied on grit and hard work to compensate for his small stature, and became a fan favorite in Toronto in the 1980s Daoust finished his eight-year NHL career with 254 points and 544 PIMs in 522 games.

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TROY CROWDER

Crowder was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 108th overall in 1986. Crowder quickly became a fan favorite in NJ with his style of play and willingness to drop the gloves with NHL heavyweights like Bob Probert. He accumulated 433 career penalty minutes in 150 NHL games playing for New Jersey, Detroit Red Wings, LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks