John Erskine (ice hockey)
June 26, 1980 |
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Dallas Stars
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||39th overall, 1998
John Erskine (born June 26, 1980) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He previously played for the Washington Capitals; however, a neck injury kept him out of the lineup for the entire 2014-15 season.
Erskine was born in Kingston, Ontario, but grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Ajax, Ontario for the Ajax Knights of the OMHA's York-Simcoe League and the Ajax-Pickering Raiders AAA of the OMHA's Eastern AAA League.
After a solid 1995-96 season with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders Midget AAA team, Erskine signed for the following season with the Quinte Hawks Jr.A. team of the OHA's Metro Junior League.
The London Knights selected Erskine with the 2nd overall pick in the 1997 OHL Priority Selection.
Erskine was drafted 39th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. For the 1997–98, 1998–99, and 1999–2000 seasons, Erskine played for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Erskine won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as top defenceman in the OHL in 1999–2000. He showed marked improvement from season to season until his promotion to the Utah Grizzlies of the International Hockey League in 2000.
Erskine's NHL debut came during the 2001–02 NHL season with Dallas, where he played 33 games, notching a single assist. He remained in Dallas until midway through the 2005–06 NHL season when Dallas traded Erskine to the New York Islanders for Finnish defenceman Janne Niinimaa. At the conclusion of the season, the Islanders did not re-sign Erskine, leaving him a free agent.
|1995–96||Ajax-Pickering Raiders Midget||OMHA||49||11||29||40||122||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||34||1||0||1||99||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1999–2000 OHL First All-Star Team
- 1999–2000 OHL Max Kaminsky Trophy
- 1999–2000 CHL First All-Star Team (Canadian Major Junior)