January 9, 1967 |
Creston, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||171st overall, 1985
New Jersey Devils
A bruising defensive defender, Huscroft accumulated almost 3,000 penalty minutes in his pro hockey career, including over 1,000 in the NHL. While slow afoot and not blessed with tremendous natural gifts, Huscroft succeeded in pro hockey where more talented players had failed due to his tremendous grit, work ethic, and perseverance. Though he was never more than a sixth or seventh defender in the NHL, he was a consummate warrior and leader, and well respected by teammates and rivals alike.
Huscroft was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1985 NHL Draft, and turned pro in 1987. He spent five years with New Jersey's top AHL affiliate in Utica, and also managed to appear in 65 NHL games for the Devils before moving to the Boston Bruins organization in 1992. He managed to crack Boston's NHL roster for good midway through the 1993–94 season, and stuck in the NHL for the next six seasons, also suiting up for the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, and Washington Capitals. He finished his career in 2001 with 5 goals and 37 points in 352 career NHL games, along with 1,065 penalty minutes.
Huscroft was an assistant coach with the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League, and currently works with HES, Hockey Educational Systems in Renton, Washington instructing amateur ice hockey players of all levels and is the director of facilities for Sno-King Ice Arenas (Renton, WA and Kirkland, WA).