Paul Gardner (ice hockey)

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Paul Gardner
Paul Gardner-Hamburg Freezers.jpg
Coach of the Hamburg Freezers, 2009
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956 (age 58)
Fort Erie, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Rhode Island Reds
New Brunswick Hawks
Springfield Indians
Baltimore Skipjacks
Binghamton Whalers
Rochester Americans
Portland Pirates
NHL
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1976
Kansas City Scouts
WHA Draft 24th overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1976–1986

Paul Malone Gardner (born March 5, 1956) is a retired Canadian ice hockey centre. He is the son of former NHL player Cal Gardner and younger brother of Dave Gardner. Gardner was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, but grew up in Toronto, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted in 1976 by both the Kansas City Scouts of the National Hockey League and Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association, Gardner followed the Scouts franchise when it relocated to Colorado, where he played for parts of three seasons. He would also play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres. Gardner was an effective presence in front of the net, and was a skilled scorer. He led the American Hockey league in scoring twice (1985 and 1986). A popular player, his limited skating skills curtailed a promising career.

Coaching career[edit]

Shortly after his playing career ended, Gardner jumped in to the coaching profession, becoming head coach of the Newmarket Saints of the American Hockey League for four seasons. He would later become an assistant coach for the Baltimore Skipjacks (later Portland Pirates after their relocation) under coach Barry Trotz. Both Trotz and Gardner would later be promoted to the NHL level when they moved to Nashville to work for the expansion Predators. Gardner would be assistant coach through the 2002–03 season.

On December 18, 2008, he became the coach of the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. On September 13, 2011 Gardner was named head coach of the Bloomington Blaze of the Central Hockey League. On January 18, 2013 Gardner was appointed head coach of the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 64 27 36 63 54
1975–76 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 65 69 75 144 75
1976–77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 14 10 4 14 12
1976–77 Colorado Rockies NHL 60 30 29 59 25
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 46 30 22 52 29
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 64 23 26 49 32
1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 7 2 9 0 6 0 1 1 4
1979–80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 20 11 16 27 14 15 10 5 15 5
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 11 13 24 10
1980–81 Springfield Indians AHL 14 9 12 21 6
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 34 40 74 59 5 1 0 1 8
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 36 33 69 28 5 1 5 6 2
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 28 27 55 12
1983–84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 54 32 49 81 14 10 12 10 22 0
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 0 5 5 6
1984–85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 64 51 79 130 10 5 3 9 12 0
1984–85 Washington Capitals NHL 12 2 4 6 6
1985–86 Rochester Americans AHL 71 61 51 112 16
1985–86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL 1 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 447 201 201 402 207 16 2 6 8 14

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Preceded by
Barry Dean
Kansas City Scouts first round draft pick
1976
Succeeded by
Barry Beck