Andrew Cassels

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Andrew Cassels
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Cassels as the assistant coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones during the 2011–12 ECHL season.
Born (1969-07-23) July 23, 1969 (age 45)
Bramalea, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Washington Capitals
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1987
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1989–2006

Andrew William Cassels (born July 23, 1969) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played sixteen seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals. He is currently an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Cassels was born in Bramalea, Ontario, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. His son, Cole, was drafted 85th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Andrew Cassels was selected 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He played three stellar seasons with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL, his best season coming 1987–88, when he led the OHL in assists and points in both the regular season and playoffs en route to winning the league MVP award. In his NHL debut with Montreal on 19 November 1989, Cassels scored his first career goal on his first shift and first shot against the Calgary Flames. However, Cassels would find his playing time limited on a deep Montreal team, and only played 60 games for the Canadiens before being traded to the Hartford Whalers in 1991 for a second round draft pick that the Canadiens used to pick Valeri Bure.

It was in Hartford that Cassels had his greatest success. He recorded 41 points in 1991–92 campaign and had a strong playoffs, finally showing the offensive potential that had seen him taken in the first round of the draft. He would explode in 1992–93, as he recorded 22 goals and 63 assists for 85 points, and formed a deadly partnership with sniper Geoff Sanderson establishing himself as one of the best young playmaking centres in the game. While he would not come close to matching those totals again as Hartford struggled to non-playoff finishes, he continued to mature as an all-around player in following years and he and Sanderson remained a consistent and effective offensive partnership. Cassels led the Whalers in assists for 5 consecutive seasons from 1992–1997, and led the team in overall scoring in the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season.

Cassels playing at the Legends Games for the 50th edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament.

Cassels was a member of the final Whalers team in 1996–97, but did not make the move with the franchise to Carolina as he was dealt to the Calgary Flames that summer. He would play two seasons for the Flames, but struggled to produce in the defensive system of coach Brian Sutter, slumping to totals of just 44 and 37 points.

In 1999 Cassels became an unrestricted free agent and signed a 3-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. In Vancouver, he would be rejuvenated offensively, bouncing back to record 45 assists and 62 points in 1999–2000. In his first two seasons in Vancouver, he would lead the team in assists and finish second in scoring. However, team success continued to elude him, as his string of playoff misses was extended to nine. In 2001–02, he would play some of the best hockey of his career, recording 50 points in 53 games in helping the Canucks reach the playoffs - their second appearance since 1996 and his first since 1992.

With the expiration of his contract in 2002 and the development of younger centremen Brendan Morrison and Henrik Sedin, Cassels left Vancouver in 2002 to sign a free agent contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he was re-united with his friend and former linemate Geoff Sanderson. None of their chemistry had disappeared in their five years apart, as both players had their biggest years since their time in Hartford. Cassels' 48 assists and 68 points were his highest totals since his career year in 1993. However, injuries would take their toll the in 2003–04 as he slumped to just 6 goals and 26 points, his lowest totals since his rookie year in Montreal.

Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Cassels signed with the Washington Capitals on 12 August 2005. However, the year-long layoff, along with age and injuries, had greatly reduced his effectiveness. After playing just 31 games and scoring only 12 points, Cassels was released by the Capitals on 28 January 2006.[1]

In 16 NHL seasons, Cassels appeared in 1015 games, recording 204 goals and 528 assists for 732 points along with 410 penalty minutes. He led his team in assists in 7 of those seasons.

Cassels is also the only known player to have scored two separate goals in incidents where a slap shot puck ricochet off of his face.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 26 66 92 28 11 5 9 14 7
1987–88 Ottawa 67's OHL 61 48 103 151 39 16 8 24 32 13
1988–89 Ottawa 67's OHL 56 37 97 134 66 12 5 10 15 10
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 2 0 2 2
1989–90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 55 22 45 67 25 12 2 11 13 6
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 6 19 25 20 8 0 2 2 2
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 11 30 41 18 7 2 4 6 6
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 21 64 85 62
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 16 42 58 37
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 7 30 37 18
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 20 43 63 39
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 22 44 66 46
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 81 17 27 44 32
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 70 12 25 37 18
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 17 45 62 16
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 12 44 56 10
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 11 39 50 22 6 2 1 3 0
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 20 48 68 30
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 6 20 26 26
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 31 4 8 12 14
NHL totals 1015 204 528 732 410 21 4 7 11 8

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1996 Vienna Ice hockey
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Canada WJC 7 2 5 7 2
1996 Canada WC 6 1 0 1 0
Junior int'l totals 7 2 5 7 2
Senior int'l totals 6 1 0 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (2006-01-28). "Cassel's short time with Capitals runs out". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Pederson
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1987
Succeeded by
Éric Charron