Sault Ste Marie NHL Alumni Player Bio Line up
Thursday Feb 5th 2015 @ 7 pm
Line up subject to change
Walter Gretzky – Coach
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.
He started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994.. He also played for the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, and Los Angeles Kings. He retired after the 2006 season. He currently coaches 5 year olds’ hockey in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie.
He played for 8 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, and the San Jose Sharks. He was picked in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, but ended up becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 1983-84 season and then signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
Best known as an enforcer, he played in 235 regular season games, scoring 45 points and racking up 713 minutes in penalties.
A hard-nosed player, he was named to the NHL All Rookie team in 1983 when he finished with 51 points in 48 games. He played in 522 games, of which all but 4 were with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a large accomplishment given his small stature, becoming a fan favourite along the way.
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.
The Brantford native was chosen 49th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 after registering 250 points over three seasons for the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. In 1992-93 he notched 20 goals in his rookie pro season for the Atlanta Knights of the IHL. Over the next two years, Gretzky played briefly in the NHL but had difficulty shedding the tight checking throughout the league. He continued to toil in Atlanta and helped the franchise win the Turner Cup in 1994.
The crafty pivot signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1995-96 season. He never returned to the NHL but was a popular addition to the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the AHL.
He is perhaps most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal. Iafrate was born in Dearborn, Michigan, but grew up in Livonia, Michigan. Iafrate was given the nickname “the Planet” by Boston Globe sportswriter Kevin Paul Dupont for his peculiar personality.
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
He played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (twice), Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and the Atlanta Thrashers between 1995 and 2002.
This enforcer played 487 regular season games, scoring 27 goals and 66 assists for 93 points, while racking up 1391 penalty minutes.
He has coached the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds since 2008.
After a fine junior career as a goal scorer with the OHL’s North Bay Centennials, McLlwain joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88 and played in Pennsylvania for two seasons. But a summertime trade made McLlwain a Winnipeg Jet in 1989. As a Jet, he enjoyed the finest offensive season of his career, scoring 25 goals and 26 assists in 1989-90.
In 1991-92, 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.
After a successful 501 NHL game career Dave McLlwain took his act to Europe, where he continues his circuitous career.
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.
Your prototypical sniper, with a feared shot, lead him to 3 consecutive seasons of 50 plus goals, including the distinction of being the first Toronto Maple Leaf to do so
Due to this, he was selected to the All Star Game from 1982 through to 1984
Over the span of his career, he managed to score 441 goals in 876 games, while playing the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres.
Mark Laforest – Goal
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
Dave Hutchison -Ref
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