Scott Pearson

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Scott Pearson
Born (1969-12-19) December 19, 1969 (age 44)
Cornwall, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1988
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1988–2007

Scott Pearson (born December 19, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

Scott Pearson played his junior hockey with the Kingston Canadians, Kingston Raiders and the Niagara Falls Thunder of the OHL from 1985–1989, playing in 216 games, and recording 228 points (107 goals-121 assists), while in 34 post-season games, Pearson would get 31 points (18G-13A). He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft with the Leafs 1st pick, 6th overall.

Pearson would play in 9 games with Toronto in the 1988–89 season, getting an assist before being returned to the OHL. In 1989–90, he would split his time with the Newmarket Saints of the AHL, earning 23 points (12G-11A) in 18 games, and with the Maple Leafs, registering 15 points (5G-10A) in 41 games. In 2 playoff games, Pearson would score 2 goals. In 1990–91, he would start the season with the Leafs, going pointless in 12 games, then on November 17, 1990, Pearson would be traded along with the Leafs 2nd round draft pick in both the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and the 1992 NHL Entry Draft to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Aaron Broten, Lucien DeBlois, and Michel Petit. Pearson would then split the rest of the season playing for the Halifax Citadels of the AHL, getting 27 points (12G-15A) in 24 games, and the Nordiques, where he had 15 points (11G-4A) in 35 games.

Pearson had an injury plagued 1991–92 season, playing in only 5 games with the Citadels, getting 3 points (2G-1A), along with 10 games in Quebec, where he also had 3 points (1G-2A). He would spend the majority of the 1992–93 with the Nordiques, scoring 14 points (13G-1A) in 41 games, and 4 points (3G-1A) in 5 games with Halifax. He played for Quebec in the playoffs, getting no points in 3 games. On June 20, 1993, Quebec would send Pearson to the Edmonton Oilers for Martin Gélinas and the Oilers 6th round pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Pearson would enjoy the best season of his career in 1993–94 with the Oilers, getting 37 points (19G-18A) in 72 games. He started off the 1994–95 with Edmonton, where he had 5 points (1G-4A) in 28 games before being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres for Ken Sutton on April 7, 1995. Pearson would finish off the season with the Sabres, getting 3 points (2G-1A) in 14 games before going pointless in 5 post-season games.

He would split the 1995–96 season between the Sabres, where in 27 games he would get 4 points (4G-0A), and the Rochester Americans of the AHL, where in 26 games, he earned 16 points (8G-8A). Pearson would then leave Buffalo as a free agent, and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 24, 1996.

He missed the majority of the 1996–97 season due to abdominal surgery, as he only played in 1 game with the Leafs, getting no points, and played in 14 games with the St. John's Maple Leafs, getting 7 points (5G-2A). For the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons, Pearson would find himself with the Chicago Wolves of the IHL, where he would have some good success. Pearson put up 51 points (34G-17A) in 78 games, then put up 18 points (12G-6A) in 21 post-season games in the 97–98 season, while the next year he had 36 points (23G-13A) in 62 games, before adding on 5 points (4G-1A) in 8 playoff games. The New York Islanders took notice of his play, and signed Pearson to a contract on August 9, 1999.

Pearson would once again spend the majority of the 1999–2000 season with the Wolves, where in 77 games he put up 33 points (19G-14A), while in 16 playoff games, he chipped in with 10 points (5G-5A), and he would spend some time back in the NHL, where he played in 2 games, and had an assist for the Islanders. After the season, Pearson decided to head over to Europe and play for ESC Moskitos Essen of the DEL in 2000–01, where in 51 games he put up 34 points (21G-13A).

After the 2000–01 season, Pearson would retire from the game. Pearson would make a 1 game comeback with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL during the 2006-07 season, getting no points.

Personal[edit]

Pearson currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Facility and Meetings at MedAssets. He is also a coach for the Atlanta Fire, a local youth hockey program.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Kingston Canadians OHL 63 16 23 39 56
1986–87 Kingston Canadians OHL 62 30 24 54 101 9 3 3 6 42
1987–88 Kingston Canadians OHL 46 26 32 58 117
1988–89 Kingston Raiders OHL 13 9 8 17 34
1988–89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 32 26 34 60 17 14 10 24 53 0
1988–89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 1 1 2
1989–90 Newmarket Saints AHL 18 12 11 23 64
1989–90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 5 10 15 90 2 2 0 2 10
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 0 0 0 20
1990–91 Halifax Citadels AHL 24 12 15 27 44
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 11 4 15 86
1991–92 Halifax Citadels AHL 5 1 2 3 4
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 10 1 2 3 14
1992–93 Halifax Citadels AHL 5 3 1 4 25
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 41 13 1 14 95 3 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 19 18 37 165
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 1 4 5 54
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 2 1 3 20 5 0 0 0 4
1995–96 Rochester Americans AHL 26 8 8 16 113
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 4 0 4 67
1996–97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 14 5 2 7 26 9 5 2 7 14
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Chicago Wolves IHL 78 34 17 51 225 22 12 6 18 50
1998–99 Chicago Wolves IHL 62 23 13 36 154 8 4 1 5 50
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Chicago Wolves IHL 77 19 14 33 124 16 5 5 10 28
2006–07 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 1 0 0 0 0
OHL totals 216 107 121 228 398 26 17 13 30 95
ECHL totals 1 0 0 0 0
IHL totals 217 76 44 120 503 46 21 12 33 128
AHL totals 82 42 38 80 276 9 5 2 7 14
NHL totals 292 56 42 98 615 10 2 0 2 14

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Preceded by
Luke Richardson
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1988
Succeeded by
Scott Thornton