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|1982 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
20 overall by Edmonton Oilers
Born May 22, 1964
Height: 6-3 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Vanderhoof, B.C. (Canada)
Hometown: Fort St. James, British
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as the
No. 16 WHL prospect for the 1982 NHL draft.
| Debut: November 19, 1983 (New Jersey at
Numbers: 5, 29 (Edmonton); 20, 37, 39
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 2004 (Calgary)
(as assistant coach)
Career: Named Calgary assistant coach on Jan. 2, 2003, and remained in
that position until July 12, 2006. ... Named Calgary head coach on July 12,
2006, and remained in that position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Scored goal and had assist in his first NHL game. The goal
beat New Jersey goalie Glenn Resch at 14:26 of the third period in a 13-4
Edmonton win. The game was noteworthy because Wayne Gretzky called the
Devils a "Mickey Mouse organization" after the Oilers rout -- one of the few
quotes Gretzky regretted during his NHL career. Earlier in the game,
Playfair had earned his first NHL point by assisting on a Gretzky goal... Missed parts of 1988-89
season with bruised left shoulder, suffered during Chicago's Oct.
18, 1988, game at Detroit, and with strained back, an injury suffered in
Portland, Calgary (WHL); Nova Scotia (AHL); Saginaw, Indianapolis (IHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup:
2001 (Saint John) (as head coach)
IHL Turner Cup:
Memorial Cup: 1983
Hockey News Minor Pro Coach of Year:
2000-01 (Saint John)
AHL All-Star Game: 2002 (Saint John) (as head
Indianapolis Captain: 1989-90
Coaching Career: Named Indianapolis (IHL) player-assistant coach prior to
1990-91 season, stopped playing after 1991-92 season, and remained in that position
until August 1993. ...
Named Dayton (ECHL) head coach in August 1993 and remained in that
position until June 1996. ... Named Michigan (IHL) assistant coach
in June 1996 and remained in that position until Jan. 24, 2000.
... Named Michigan (IHL) head coach on Jan. 24, 2000, and remained in that
position until team folded in June 2000. ... Named Saint John (AHL) head
coach on Aug. 10, 2000, and remained in that position until Jan. 2, 2003.
Miscellaneous: Traded by Portland (WHL)
to Calgary for Craig Butz in November 1983. ... Missed part of
1984-85 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered in November
1984. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with bruised liver, an injury
suffered while playing for Nova Scotia in February 1987 AHL game vs.
Sherbrooke. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with sore back, suffered in March 1990. ... Missed half of 1990-91 season with back injury,
suffered during Indianapolis' practice on Dec. 20, 1990. He did not return
to action until Indianapolis' March 3, 1991, IHL game vs. Albany. ... Missed
remainder of 1990-91 season with detached retina, suffered during
Indianapolis' March 3, 1991, IHL game vs. Albany. Chronic eye problems would later force him to retire.
Personal: Full name is James
Younger brother of former NHL player Larry Playfair.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Playfair played out his contract
with Edmonton in 1986-87 and became an unrestricted free agent when the team
did not offer him another contract. He signed
with Chicago on July 31, 1987.||
|Tier II/Jr. B:
|Hall of Fame: