Basil McRae

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Basil McRae
Born (1961-01-05) January 5, 1961 (age 55)
Beaverton, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Minnesota North Stars
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 87th overall, 1980
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1981–1997

Basil Paul McRae (born January 5, 1961 in Beaverton, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and the general manager and alternate governor of the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

McRae played his major junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).

In the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the Quebec Nordiques drafted McRae in the third round, 87th overall. He played twenty regular season games and nine playoff matches with the big club in 1981, later spending some time with the Fredericton Express of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Richard Turmel and spent a couple of years toiling in the minors with the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL. In 1985 McRae signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings but was traded back to his original team, the Nordiques along with John Ogrodnick and Doug Shedden for Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel.[1]

At the start of the 1987 season, McRae signed with the Minnesota North Stars, the team he would have the most success with. The 1987–88 season saw McRae play the whole 80 game season with the North Stars, the first time he played a full season in the NHL. He formed a tough enforcer duo along with Shane Churla, leading the league in penalty minutes with 351 in 1989. The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed him in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft and traded him to the St. Louis Blues in 1993.[1] After a couple of seasons in the Blues organization, McRae signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1996 and only managed to play in eight games before retiring from professional hockey.

McRae made a cameo appearance in the movie The Mighty Ducks along with then-teammate Mike Modano.[2]


McRae is a part owner of the London Knights. On October 21, 2014, the Knights announced that he would become the general manager and alternate governor of the team, replacing Mark Hunter, who had vacated the position to work for the Toronto Maple Leafs. McRae previously worked as a pro-scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Basil McRae player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
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  3. ^ "Leafs name Mark Hunter new director of player personnel". October 21, 2014. 

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