Gary Nylund

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Gary Nylund
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 50)
Surrey, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1982
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1982–1993

Gary Nylund (born October 28, 1963 in Surrey, British Columbia and raised in North Delta, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in 608 National Hockey League games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders.[1] He was selected third overall by Toronto in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

Overview[edit]

Nylund is notable for being the first NHL player to change teams via free agency when he left the Maple Leafs to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1986.[2]

Following his retirement, Nylund became a firefighter in Delta, British Columbia. He was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2004 for his part in saving the lives of two fellow firefighters in a 2001 chemical fire at a paper mill on Annacis Island in B.C.[3]

In addition to his work as a firefighter, Nylund is currently a part-owner and assistant coach of the BCHL Surrey Eagles franchise.

Career Statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978-79 Delta Suns BCJHL Statistics Unavailable
1978-79 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 5 21 26 59 8 0 1 1 2
1980-81 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 6 40 46 186 9 1 7 8 17
1981-82 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 65 7 59 66 267 15 3 16 19 74
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 0 3 3 16 -- -- -- -- --
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 2 14 16 103 -- -- -- -- --
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 3 17 20 99 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 2 16 18 180 10 0 2 2 25
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 7 20 27 190 4 0 2 2 11
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 4 15 19 208 5 0 0 0 10
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 3 2 5 63 -- -- -- -- --
1988–89 New York Islanders NHL 46 4 8 12 74 -- -- -- -- --
1989–90 New York Islanders NHL 64 4 21 25 144 5 0 2 2 17
1990–91 New York Islanders NHL 72 2 21 23 105 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Capital District Islanders AHL 4 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 New York Islanders NHL 7 0 1 1 10 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 Capital District Islanders AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 New York Islanders NHL 22 1 1 2 43 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 608 32 139 171 1235 24 0 6 6 63
WHL totals 209 18 120 138 512 32 4 24 28 93
AHL totals 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gary Nylund player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Nylund marvels about his place in history". The Surrey Now. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Gary Nylund: In the line of fire". NHL Alumni Association. 2004-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 

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Preceded by
Jim Benning
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Russ Courtnall