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|1982 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
12 overall by Winnipeg Jets
Born March 21, 1964
Height: 6-5 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 8 overall prospect and No. 4 OHL prospect for the 1982 NHL draft. ...
Missed part of 1979-80 season with broken left wrist, an injury suffered in
March 1980. ... Was
Cornwall's first-round pick, No. 12 overall, in 1981 OHL priority selection.
| Debut: December 29, 1982 (Winnipeg at Los
Numbers: 6 (Winnipeg); 3 (Pitt.); 4 (Calgary); 2
(Ottawa); 2 (S.J.)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||WIN, PIT, CGY, OTT, SJ||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||Winnipeg, Calgary, S.J.||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Winnipeg Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1986-87 (162)
Playoffs PIM Leader: 1986 (12, tie), 1987 (36)
1990-91: Played one regular-season game for Pittsburgh team that went
on to win Stanley Cup, but was traded away before playoffs.
1992-93: Played on Ottawa Senators expansion team.
Miscellaneous: Missed parts of 1987-88 season with neck strain, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's Jan. 13, 1988, game at Vancouver, and with
strained lower back, an injury suffered in Winnipeg's Jan. 30, 1988,
game at Philadelphia. ... Missed remainder of 1987-88 season and entire 1988
playoffs with stress fracture in lower back, suffered during
Winnipeg's Feb. 12, 1988, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1988-89
season with sprained shoulder, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's March
18, 1989, game at Toronto. ... Was Winnipeg's nominee for 1988-89 King
Clancy Award. ... Signed with San Jose as Group III unrestricted free agent
on March 31, 1995. ... Missed start of 1991-92 season with broken bone in
left hand, suffered in Calgary's training camp in September
1991. ... Missed remainder of 1991-92 season with broken right ankle, suffered
in Calgary's Jan. 27, 1992, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed
part of 1995-96 season with knee injury, suffered in San Jose's Oct. 7,
1995, season-opener vs. Chicago.
Cornwall (OHL); Muskegon (IHL); Salt Lake (IHL); New Haven (AHL); Las Vegas
(IHL); Kansas City (IHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Las Vegas Captain: 1993-94 and 1994-95
1993-94: Played on IHL regular-season champion (Las Vegas).
Miscellaneous: Shared home with
Jets teammate Dave Ellett during his playing days in Winnipeg from 1984 to
1989. ... Did not play first minor-league game until demoted to Muskegon
(IHL) by Pittsburgh during 1990-91 season. ... Forced to retire in summer of
1998 due to a concussion suffered in a 1997 off-season automobile
accident. He was unable to play during the 1997-98 season and chose not to
keep pursuing comeback. He continued to suffer post-concussion syndrome for
many years after his retirement. ... Was active in charitable
causes during playing days, including work with Special Olympics,
Canadian Hearing Society, the Manitoba Society of Disabilities, the Manitoba
Learning Foundation and the RCMP Drug Program. ... Became active in
Oldtimers' charity hockey after his retirement, playing for Ottawa Senators
Alumni team. ... Was a columnist for
Citizen newspaper after his retirement, authoring weekly "Point Man"
Personal: Full name is James G.
Kyte. ... Son of former Canadian college track star Dr. John Kyte, who was
named St. Francis Xavier's athlete of the half-century and became
a dentist after college. ... Brother of Canadian national track team member Anyslee Kyte.
Hearing-Impaired Star: Kyte was an inspiration
to deaf and hearing-impaired hockey players throughout his pro career,
because he was the NHL's only player who wore hearing aids during games and
the first legally deaf player to play in the NHL. To protect his hearing aids, Kyte wore a helmet that had special flaps
covering the center of his ears. Born with a hereditary hearing deficiency
that caused degeneration of his audio nerve, Kyte began slowly losing his
hearing as a 3-year-old. Throughout his career Kyte was very active in charitable causes involving hearing impairment. He
learned sign language even though it wasn't necessary for him to
communicate, and during off-seasons in his early NHL career, he worked with
deaf and hearing-impaired children at a special camp run by Stan Mikita in
Chicago. He also ran his own summer hockey school for deaf and
hearing-impaired kids in Toronto. He eventually opened the Jim Kyte Hockey
School for the Hearing Impaired in Ottawa, a business which he continued to
run after his retirement.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Winnipeg traded Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen to Pittsburgh in
exchange for Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain on June 17,
|Tier II/Jr. B:
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