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Belleville NHL Alumni Player Bio Line Up 2013-2014

Belleville NHL Alumni Player Bio Line Up 2013-2014

Line up is subject to change

Walter Gretzky- Guest Coach & Ambassador Of The NHL Alumni Team 

Walter’s zest for life, love of sports, and appreciation of Gretzky fans have made him know as hockey’s most famous Father. This strong Canadians’ home town is Brantford Ontario and he is proud to be part of that community.

Dave Hutchison- Guest Referee

Our game official is one of the toughest defenseman the NHL has ever seen Drafted 36th overall in the 1972 NHL draft he would go on to post 1735 penalty minutes in 584 career games while playing with Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New Jersey.

Mark Laforest-Goalie

A junior standout in the OHL with the Niagara Falls Flyers this goaltender would go to sign with the Detroit Red Wings in 1980 After a stop in Philadelphia he would go to split the goaltending duties in Toronto with Allan Bester and Jeff Reese He has been twice awarded the Baz Bastien award as the AHL’s top goaltender.

Marty McSorley

This versatile player shared his talents and toughness as both a defenseman and winger He is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers and may be best known for his role as “Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard” This title would follow him to LA in 1988 when both he and the Great One were obtained by the Kings His toughness his evident by the stats sheet alone posting over 3300 penalty minutes in a successful 961 game career His life in LA was not limited to hockey as he appeared in the movies Con Air, Forgetting Paris and Bad Boys alongside Will Smith.

Matthew Barnaby

Born May 4, 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario. Matthew was fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. In his first full season in the NHL, with the Buffalo Sabres, Barnaby led the league with 335 minutes in penalties. After a run of almost five seasons in the Buffalo organization, Barnaby spent time in Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, New York, Colorado, Chicago, and Dallas. Always noticeable when on the ice, Barnaby became a fan favorite with his feisty play and give all attitude. As a member of the Stars, he would suit up for 39 games with the club before suffering a concussion in a January 9, 2007 in a game against the Coyotes. The concussion Barnaby suffered caused him to miss the remainder of the season and eventually ended his career after 834 career NHL games played.

Mark Napier

This goal scoring winger began having success as a youngster winning a Memorial Cup in 1975 and being named the WHA’s rookie of the year as a nineteen year old in 1976. His early success did not stop there as a he joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1979 winning a Stanley Cup in his first year with the team His career would blossom in Montreal posting two 40 goal seasons After a short stint in Minnesota his talent and leadership were shipped to Edmonton where he would help the Oilers capture the Stanley Cup in 1985 He is currently the executive director of the NHL Alumni Association

Mike Krushelnyski

Known as “Krusher” He was selected 120th by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL draft. After two solid years in Beantown he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers His most successful year came in 1984-85 posting 43 goals, 88 points and being named to the All-Star team His ability as a two-way centre was a large component to the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup triumphs in 1987 and 88 In August 1988 he was part of the monumental trade to the Los Angeles Kings with Gretzky After two successful seasons in LA he would finish career with Toronto and Detroit

Brent Gretzky

The brother of Wayne and Keith Gretzky. He played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2008, Gretzky played six games for his hometown Brantford Blast team in the senior league Major League Hockey, which went on to win the 2008 Allan Cup.

Mike Pelyk

He was a great mix of talent that could dish out tough defense and chip in with timely offense His career year came in 1973-74 when he lead all Maple Leaf defensemen with 12 goals. He would enjoy 7 successful seasons in Toronto before being lured away to the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA with a million dollar contract

Bill Derlago

Taken with the 4th draft choice by the Vancouver Canucks he was voted by The Hockey News as the #1 player to ever come from the WHL ahead of greats like Niedermayer, Iginla and Sakic. He was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1980 season where he would begin to excel. During his 5 full seasons with Toronto he would post 30+ goals 4 times. Injuries once again hampered his progression as he ended his career in Boston, Winnipeg and Quebec.

Dave Reid

He is a left winger who played for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche. He was selected in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. In 1988 he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After three seasons in Toronto, he returned to Boston and played there for the next five seasons. He signed with the Dallas Stars in 1996 and helped the Stars win their first Stanley Cup in 1999. He then signed with the Colorado Avalanche, where he spent the last two years of his NHL career. In 2001, he won his second Stanley cup with Colorado.

He finished his career with 961 NHL games, 165 goals, and 204 assists for a total of 369 points. On May 4th, 2010 Dave Reid was hired as the new General Manager of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.