Andrew McBain

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Andrew McBain
Born (1965-01-18) January 18, 1965 (age 49)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Winnipeg Jets
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa Senators
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1983
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1983–1996
International medals
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championship
Silver 1989 Ice hockey

Andrew Burton McBain (born January 18, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. McBain played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League between 1983 and 1994.

Playing career[edit]

McBain was selected 8th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft (one pick ahead of Cam Neely) by the Winnipeg Jets after scoring 120 points in junior hockey the previous season for the North Bay Centennials. He stepped straight into the NHL in 1983–84 at the age of just 18, and turned in a promising rookie campaign with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 78 games.

McBain would struggle to build off his rookie campaign, however, and slumped to just 7 goals and 22 points in 1984–85. After scoring just 3 goals in 28 games to start the 1985–86 campaign, he suffered a serious knee injury which required surgery and ended his season. He returned in 1986–87 to post 11 goals and 32 points for the Jets, but was considered a disappointment to that point in his career.

However, McBain's career would take an upward turn when he was placed on a line with superstar center Dale Hawerchuk for the 1987–88 season and was finally able to show the talent which had made him such a high draft pick, finishing the year with 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points. He proved especially deadly on the powerplay, where his 20 goals ranked him amongst the league leaders. He would be even better in 1988–89, as he recorded career highs of 37 goals and 40 assists for 77 points, and again scored 20 goals on the powerplay. At the conclusion of the season, he represented Canada at the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships, and helped the team to a silver medal with 6 goals in 10 games.

Following the season, though, McBain was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a move which would ultimately derail his career. Expected to be another offensive weapon on a star-studded Penguin team, McBain was beaten out for a scoring-line right wing spot by rookie Mark Recchi and found himself mired on the team's fourth line. He scored only 5 goals and 14 points in 41 games for Pittsburgh before being dealt mid-season to the Vancouver Canucks. He wouldn't fare any better in Vancouver, and finished the season with just 9 goals and 23 points in 67 games.

In 1990–91, McBain was assigned to the minors for the first time in his career, and spent most of the next two seasons in the IHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. He appeared in just 19 games for the Canucks over that stretch, scoring only one goal.

NHL expansion in the early 1990s provided an opportunity for McBain to get his career back on track, and he signed with the Ottawa Senators for their inaugural season in 1992–93. He appeared in 59 games for the Senators, scoring 7 goals and 23 points. He fared better in 1993–94, with 11 goals in 55 games for Ottawa, his highest total since 1989. At the end of the season, however, he was released.

McBain spent two more seasons toiling in the IHL before retiring in 1996. He finished his NHL career with totals of 129 goals and 172 assists for 301 points in 608 games, along with 633 penalty minutes.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 68 19 25 44 35 5 0 3 3 4
1982–83 North Bay Centennials OHL 67 33 87 120 61 8 2 6 8 17
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 11 19 30 37 3 2 0 2 0
1984–85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 7 15 22 45 7 1 0 1 0
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 28 3 3 6 17
1986–87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 11 21 32 106 9 0 2 2 10
1987–88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 32 31 63 145 5 2 5 7 29
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 37 40 77 71
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 5 9 14 51
1989–90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 4 5 9 22
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 5 5 32
1990–91 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 47 27 24 51 69 6 2 5 7 12
1991–92 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 65 24 54 78 132 5 1 2 3 10
1991–92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 1 0 1 0
1992–93 New Haven Senators AHL 1 0 1 1 4
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 59 7 16 23 43
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 11 8 19 64
1993–94 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL 26 6 10 16 102
1994–95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 62 15 27 42 111 8 0 3 3 33
1995–96 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 77 15 15 30 85 5 0 2 2 10
NHL totals 608 129 172 301 633 24 5 7 12 39

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Canada WC 2nd 10 6 2 8 8

Awards[edit]

  • OHL Second All-Star Team (1983)

Transactions[edit]

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Preceded by
Jim Kyte
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
1983
Succeeded by
Bobby Dollas