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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fourth round
71 overall by Hartford Whalers
Born July 4,
Right Wing / Center|
Height: 6-0 Weight: 180
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Niagara Falls (OMJHL)
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was Niagara Falls' second of two fifth-round picks, No. 64
overall, in 1979 OMJHL priority selection. ... Also played center during his
| Debut: December 20, 1981 (Pittsburgh at
Numbers: 18 (Pitt.); 24
(Edmonton); 18 (Det.); 20 (Toronto); 28 (Win.)
1984, 1985, 1987, 1988.
Status: Retired 1995
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Detroit, Toronto, Win.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Edmonton Records: Most penalty minutes in
one playoff year (75 in 1985), most penalty minutes by center in one season (281
Edmonton PIM Leader: 1984-85 (205), 1985-86 (266), 1986-87 (238)
Edmonton Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1985 (75)
1989-90: Played 10 regular-season games for Edmonton team that went on to
win Stanley Cup, but was not with team during postseason.
Miscellaneous: Missed start of 1981-82 season with dislocated shoulder, an
injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Sept. 21, 1981, preseason game vs.
Hartford. ... Missed remainder of 1982-83 season with dislocated shoulder, an
in fight with Paul Higgins during Pittsburgh's Jan. 24, 1983, game at Toronto.
The injury required season-ending surgery. ... Began playing center full-time
upon arrival in Edmonton. ... Played on line with Dave Hunter and Pat Hughes
for Edmonton in 1983-84. ... Scored lone goal in Edmonton's 1-0 victory at
N.Y. Islanders in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals on May 10, 1984. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with sprained left
knee, suffered in January 1985. ... Became first Edmonton NHL player
to record 200 penalty minutes in a season when he achieved feat in 1984-85. He
ended up setting Edmonton single-season record (since broken) with 212 PIM.
... Suspended one game by NHL during 1985-86 season for receiving third game
misconduct of season (automatic suspension). He sat out Edmonton's Feb. 6,
1986, game vs. New Jersey ... Set Edmonton record (since broken) for penalty
minutes in a season with 266 in 1985-86. ... Suspended three games by NHL
during 1986-87 season for being first player to leave bench to fight during
Edmonton's Dec. 10, 1986, game at Winnipeg. ... Missed parts of 1987-88 season
with sprained knee, suffered in November 1987, and with bruised
right knee, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Feb. 14, 1988, game vs.
Vancouver. ... Became Edmonton's all-time leader in penalty minutes (record
since broken) during game vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 30, 1987. ... Suspended one
game by NHL during 1987-88 season. ... Left Edmonton in November 1989 with
franchise records (since broken) for career penalty minutes (1,298) and most
penalty minutes, combined regular season and playoffs (1,574). ... Missed
parts of 1989-90 season with left shoulder injury, suffered during Detroit's
Dec. 15, 1989, game vs. Chicago, and with re-aggravation of left shoulder
injury, suffered during Detroit's Jan. 23, 1989, game vs. St. Louis. ...
Missed start of 1990-91 season with left shoulder injury, suffered during
Detroit's training camp in September 1990. ... Released by Detroit on April
21, 1991. He signed with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 2,
1991. ... Traded by Winnipeg to
Buffalo in exchange for future considerations on July 8, 1994, but never
played for parent team.
|Post-Draft Teams: Niagara Falls (OMJHL/OHL);
Baltimore (AHL); Adirondack (AHL); St. John's (AHL); Moncton, Rochester (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
OMJHL/OHL All-Star Game: 1981, 1982
St. John's Captain: 1992-93
Played on AHL regular-season champion (Baltimore).
Coaching Career: Named Bowmanville
(OPJHL) head coach prior to 1995-96 season and remained in that position
through 1995-96 season. ... Named Barrie (OHL) assistant coach prior to
1996-97 season and remained in that position until July 3, 1998. ... Named
Prince Albert (WHL) head coach on July 3, 1998, and remained in that position
until June 12, 2000. ... Named St. John's (AHL) assistant coach on June 15,
2000, and held position into 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Owned two race
horses during his playing days. ... Was active in charitable causes during his
playing days in Edmonton, including work with Canadian Cancer Society.
Personal: Full name is Kevin
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE-AGENT COMPENSATION: Hartford was forced
McClelland and Pat Boutette to Pittsburgh as compensation for the signing of
restricted free agent Greg Millen on June 29, 1981. Millen had signed his
offer sheet with Hartford on June 15, 1981, and two weeks later, NHL
arbitrator Joseph Kane awarded the Penguins Boutette and McClelland as compensation. The arbitration case was a victory for Pittsburgh, which
got what it had wanted from Hartford. The Whalers had offered
John Garrett and Jordy Douglas as compensation. ||
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