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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in sixth round
108 overall by Colorado Rockies
Born April 29,
Height: 6-0 Weight: 170
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1981 (Wisconsin)
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1980 NHL draft despite being
| Debut: March 2, 1984 (Vancouver at New
Numbers: 32, 23 (New Jersey); 33
Stanley Cup: 1995.
Playing Status: Retired September 11, 1998
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||New Jersey, NYR||922
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||New Jersey, NYR||108
AWARDS AND HONORS
New Jersey Unsung Hero: 1990-91
New Jersey Good Guy
Award (Media Vote): 1991-92
Jersey Captain: Oct. 5, 1991, until Sept. 24, 1992
New Jersey Records: Most points in one game by a defenseman (5 at N.Y.
Rangers on Dec. 23, 1986, shares record), most shots on goal by a defenseman
in one game (12 at Toronto on Feb. 17, 1990), most assists in one game by a
rookie (4 vs. Quebec on Dec. 15, 1984, shares record), most assists in one
game by a rookie defenseman (4 vs. Quebec on Dec. 15, 1984, shares record)
New Jersey Playoffs Points Leader: 1990 (6, tie), 1993 (4, tie)
New Jersey Playoffs Assists Leader: 1990 (5), 1993 (3, tie)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Assists Leader: 1996 (7, tie)
Management Career: Named New Jersey Devils Alumni Association
co-director in 2002 and remained in that position into 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Was property of Colorado organization when parent team
relocated to New Jersey on June 30, 1982. ... Signed with New Jersey
organization for balance of 1983-84 season after competing in 1984 Winter
Olympics in Sarajevo. ... Had assist in his first NHL game. ... Tied New Jersey records (since broken) for assists in
one game and assists in one game by a defenseman with four vs. Quebec on Dec.
15, 1984. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with sprained ligaments in right
knee, an injury suffered during New Jersey's March 5, 1985, game at
Washington. The injury required arthroscopic surgery. ... Missed remainder of
1984-85 season with re-aggravation of right knee injury, suffered when he was
slashed by Pat Hickey during New Jersey's April 2, 1985, game at St. Louis.
... Missed remainder of 1985-86 season with separated left shoulder, an injury
suffered during New Jersey's March 9, 1986, game at Buffalo. ... Tied New
Jersey record (since broken) for assists in one game by a defenseman with four
at N.Y. Rangers on Dec. 23, 1986. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with stiff
neck, an injury suffered in February 1987. The injury hampered him for
remainder of season. ... Paired with Joe Cirella on defense for New Jersey in
1987-88 regular season. ... Paired with Tom Kurvers on defense for New Jersey
in 1988 playoffs. ... Set New Jersey records (since broken) for consecutive
games by a defenseman with at least one point (6 from Jan. 21, 1988, to Feb.
1, 1988) and road points scored by a defenseman (25) in 1987-88. ... Missed
part of 1987-88 season with sprained ankle, an injury suffered during New
Jersey's Feb. 26, 1988, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Tied New Jersey
single-season record (since broken) for assists by a defenseman with 40 in
1987-88. ... Paired with Tom Kurvers on defense for New Jersey in 1988-89. ...
Missed remainder of 1988-89 season with severely broken right fibula. He broke
the leg in three places when he collided with Lou Franceschetti during New
Jersey's Dec. 7, 1988, game vs. Washington. The injury required surgery in
which a plate and 10 screws were implanted to hold the leg together. ...
Paired with Viacheslav Fetisov on defense for New Jersey during first half of
1989-90 season when Fetisov was NHL rookie. ... Missed parts of 1989-90 season
with groin injury, suffered during New Jersey's Oct. 14, 1989, game at
Hartford, with strained back, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Nov. 8,
1989, game vs. Quebec, and with groin injury, suffered during New Jersey's
March 27, 1990, game vs. Washington. ... Was New Jersey's nominee for 1989-90
Masterton Trophy. ... Suffered 41-stitch cut above right eye during New
Jersey's Dec. 23, 1990, game vs. Toronto, but did not miss any games. ...
Missed part of 1990-91 season with broken rib, an injury suffered when he was
checked by Bob Bassen during New Jersey's Jan. 8, 1991, game vs. St. Louis and
re-aggravated during New Jersey's Jan. 22, 1991, game at Pittsburgh. He did
not return to action until New Jersey's Feb. 2, 1991, game at St. Louis. ...
Paired with Ken Daneyko on defense for New Jersey in 1991-92 and 1992-93. ...
Missed part of 1991-92 season with the flu, contracted in December 1991. ...
Missed part of 1993-94 season with left shoulder injury, suffered during New
Jersey's Dec. 5, 1993, game at N.Y. Rangers. He did not return to action until
New Jersey's Jan. 9, 1994, game vs. Washington. ... Missed parts of 1995
season with dislocated shoulder, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Feb.
20, 1995, game at Washington, and with stiff neck, suffered during
New Jersey's April 16, 1995, game vs. Hartford. ... Was New Jersey's team
representative to NHLPA from 1991 to 1995. ... Left New Jersey with franchise records (since broken) for career points
(399) by a defenseman, career goals (83) by a defenseman, career assists (316)
by a defenseman, career power-play points (168) by a defenseman and career
power-play goals (33) by a defenseman. ... Missed start of 1995-96 season
while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He did not play his first
game of the season until N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 6, 1995, game vs. Calgary. ...
Missed parts of 1995-96 season with the flu, contracted in March 1996 and
again in April 1996. ... Missed parts of 1996-97 season with the flu,
contracted in December 1996 and again in January 1997. ... Missed parts of
1997-98 season with the flu, contracted in January 1998 and again in April
|Post-Draft Teams: Wisconsin (WCHA); Team
Canada; Maine (AHL)|
Olympics: 1984 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1987
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup: 1984
NCAA Championship: 1983 (Wisconsin)
NCAA West All-America First Team:
All-Star First Team: 1982 (Wisconsin)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1981-82 (Wisconsin)
Second Team: 1982-83 (Wisconsin)
Wisconsin Coyne Award (Most Consistent): 1981-82
Wisconsin Captain: 1982-83
Management Career: Named Metro
Fighting Moose (Monsey, N.Y.) (CEHL) director of player development on Feb. 1,
2003, prior to team's inaugural 2003-04 season, and held position into 2003-04
Miscellaneous: Scored goal and had two
assists in Wisconsin's 6-2 victory over Harvard in NCAA championship game on
March 26, 1983. It was also final game of his college career. ... Left
Wisconsin after his junior year to join Team Canada for 1983-84
pre-Olympic tour and 1984 Olympics. ... Named to Team Canada for 1985 World
Championships, but missed tournament due to right knee injury. ... Named to
all-time NCAA Tournament All-Star team by an NCAA panel in 1997.
Full name is Bruce Douglas Driver.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Driver signed with N.Y. Rangers
as a Group III unrestricted free agent on August 24, 1995.||
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