An enforcer who cut his teeth with North Bay in the OHL and the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, Chris Neil debuted for the Ottawa Senators in 2001. A regular part of the Senators line-up since his rookie season, Neil can be counted on for a clutch goal now-and-then and for some rough play is almost always expected. Neil is also a fixture in the Ottawa community taking part in many charitable endeavours. Neil, along with his wife, serves as honorary co-chairs of the Rogers House, an Ottawa paediatric hospice.
Nick Kypreos went undrafted to the NHL after finishing 2nd in scoring in Junior. He broke into the NHL in ‘89/’90 with the Washington Capitals where he played 3 seasons before being traded to Hartford a team he played just over a season with prior being traded to the New York Rangers in 1993, he played 46 games with New York and helped them win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. In 1996 he became a Toronto Maple Leaf and would retire from hockey in1997. He is a well-known hockey analyst with Sportsnet and on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
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.
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.
Shannon was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leaf’s after only one season in the OHL. In his second season, he was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s outstanding defenceman as well as being named a second all-star. His final season as a junior saw Shannon collect 83 points in only 60 games. as well as the Leaf’s, he played for the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabers, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadiens. Shannon played 544 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 28 goals and 111 assists for 139 points and collecting 523 penalty minutes. He would retire at the end of the ’01 season with the Montreal Canadiens.
PAUL COFFEY(HHOF ’04)
The ultimate offensive defenseman, Paul Coffey’s 21-year career brought him to nine different NHL teams. Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1980, Coffey’s skill set meshed perfectly with their style. He led all defensemen in scoring in his second year and was second in points only to Wayne Gretzky in 1984. That year, and the next, Coffey and the Oilers won the Stanley Cup; Coffey would also collect the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in 1985. Traded to Pittsburgh in 1987, he won another Cup with the Penguins in 1991, as well as passing the 100-point plateau for a fourth and fifth time. Coffey went on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. He finished with three Norris Trophies and is the second most proficient defenseman in NHL history.
A native of London ON, Brandon played junior hockey for the Knights and won a Memorial Cup in 2005. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2004 entry draft 70th overall. Prust played parts of 5 season in total with the Flames. With a quick stop in Phoenix and a return to Calgary, Brandon found his stride on Broadway…NYC! With the Rangers he became a fan favourite and was contributing on both sides of the game sheet. Career highs in points and PIMS. He would spend 3 seasons in NY before signing with the Montreal Canadiens. Three more very productive season with the storied Habs followed. He went onto finish his NHL career in Vancouver and totalled 539 games, 125 points & 1,152 PIMS all in the NHL over a 12-year pro career.
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
Born in Winnipeg Colton excelled in hockey as a kid and after years of playing as a junior was signed by the Boston Bruins as a free agent in 2002. Colton was a tough competitor who didn’t back down from anyone and was always a protector of his teammates. From there, he was signed to the New York Rangers where he remained as a powerhouse player dominating the physical aspect of the game. After four seasons with the Rangers, Colton signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would play for the remainder of his career. Colton finished his career with 500 NHL games played and over 1000 penalty minutes.
Having played his entire 13 of his 15 year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, Darren McCarty is known as a hard-nosed checker. McCarty and his line mates – Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby – are known as some of the best playoff performers in recent memory. In 2005, McCarty signed with the Calgary Flames, where he played two seasons. Left without a team for he 2007/08 season, McCarty signed minor league contract with the Redwings, and made his way back onto the Redwings roster. McCarty retired in 2009 after a final campaign with the Redwings organization.
Primeau was drafted in the 1st Round, 17th overall in the ’94 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He scored a goal in his first NHL game during the ‘94/’95 season but didn’t become a full time NHL’er until the ‘96/’97 season with the Sabres. Wayne would spend the next 4 seasons in Buffalo and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ‘98/’99 only to lose in triple OT on the controversial goal by Brett Hull, now commonly known in Sabre Land as NO GOAL! Wayne would go onto play in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Boston, Calgary and finished his career in Toronto in 2010. His career totals are 864 Games Played with 215 points.
Al Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent almost 7 seasons in Toronto where he was known as one of the best skaters in the game. Iafrate played in four All-Star Games and at the ’93 game set the record for the hardest slapshot at 105.2 MPH and held this record for 16 years. 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 while playing in Toronto, Washington, Boston, and San Jose. HE is also well known for having one of the best hockey hairdo’s The Mullet!
Clark was drafted First overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. 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, scoring the big goals and doing whatever was needed to win. In 793 career NHL games Clark recorded 564 points and 1690 Penalty Minutes playing for Toronto, Quebec, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit & Chicago. Clark also represented Canada in the ’85 World Juniors winning Gold. He currently resides with his family in Toronto and keeps busy as an Ambassador with the Leafs plus various charitable causes and has a restaurant chain and Meineke Car Care Centres.
Craig Muni was Toronto’s second round draft pick in 1980. However, in five years with the Leafs organization, he only played 19 games. In 1986, he went to Edmonton as a free agent. For the next seven seasons, he was a mainstay on the Oiler blue line, earning three Stanley Cups in the process. Following the 1993 season, he played with Chicago, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Dallas, before retiring in 1998.