Ken Sabourin

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Ken Sabourin
Born (1966-04-28) April 28, 1966 (age 51)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1984
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1986–1999

Ken R. Sabourin (born April 28, 1966) is a Canadian former hockey player who played 74 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals during a 13-year professional career in which he won the Turner Cup with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1988. Since 2002, Sabourin has been a colour analyst on Washington Capitals radio broadcasts.

Playing career[edit]

Sabourin played four seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) between 1982 and 1986, primarily with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.[1] He was a defensive specialist whose best season offensively was 1983–84 with seven goals.[2] Sabourin was a member of the Greyhounds team that won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1984–85 as OHL champions.[3] The Greyhounds defeated the Peterborough Petes in the final, then reached the semi-final of the 1985 Memorial Cup.[4] Sabourin completed his junior career in 1985–86 in a season split between the Greyhounds and the Cornwall Royals.[5]

The Calgary Flames selected Sabourin with their second round pick, 33rd overall, at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.[6] He made his professional debut following his final junior season when he suited up for three regular season games and six in the playoffs for Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Moncton Golden Flames in 1985–86.[5] Sabourin played his first full season in 1986–87 when he appeared in 75 games for Moncton and shifted to the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1987–88.[1] He added one goal and six assists in 16 playoff games for the Golden Eagles as they won the Turner Cup as IHL champions.[5][7]

Sabourin spent the majority of the 1988–89 season with Salt Lake, but made his NHL debut during the season with Calgary when he appeared in six regular season and one playoff game for the Stanley Cup champion Flames. Enough to earn a Stanley Cup ring, but not enough games played to be included on the Stanley Cup.[8] In 1989–90, Sabourin recorded a career high 24 points with the Golden Eagles, to go along with 336 penalties in minutes, and appeared in five games with the Flames.[5] He scored his first NHL goal on October 27, 1990, against the Washington Capitals.[9] He was unable to gain a regular position in the Flames lineup,[8] and was traded to Washington on January 24, 1991, in exchange for Paul Fenton. The Capitals acquired Sabourin primarily to add a physical presence to their defence.[9]

Split between the two teams, Sabourin appeared in a career-high 44 NHL games in 1990–91 and scored two goals and nine points. He appeared in 19 games with Washington in 1991–92, which marked his last NHL appearances.[5] He finished the season with Washington's AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks. After thirty games with Baltimore in 1992–93, Washington traded Sabourin, along with Paul MacDermid, to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Mike Hough on January 20, 1993.[1] He finished the season with Salt Lake in the IHL. Sabourin then spent five seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals before finishing his playing career following the 1998–99 IHL season after one year with the Orlando Solar Bears.[5]

Sabourin returned to the Capitals in 2002 as a colour analyst on the team's radio broadcasts,[10] a role he continues to hold into the 2013–14 NHL season.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 58 0 8 8 90 10 0 0 0 14
1983–84 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 7 14 21 157 9 0 1 1 25
1984–85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 5 19 24 139 16 1 4 5 10
1984–85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Mem. Cup 4 0 2 2 2
1985–86 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 25 1 5 6 77
1985–86 Cornwall Royals OHL 37 3 12 15 94 6 1 2 3 6
1985–86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 1 2
1986–87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 75 1 10 11 166 6 0 1 1 27
1987–88 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 71 2 8 10 186 16 1 6 7 57
1988–89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 74 2 18 20 197 11 0 1 1 26
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 1 1 26 1 0 0 0 0
1989–90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 76 5 19 24 336 11 0 2 2 40
1989–90 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 10
1990–91 Calgary Flames NHL 16 1 3 4 36
1990–91 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 28 2 15 17 77
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 28 1 4 5 81 11 0 0 0 34
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 19 0 0 0 48
1991–92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 30 3 8 11 106
1992–93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 30 5 14 19 68
1992–93 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 52 2 11 13 140
1993–94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 6 13 19 279 15 1 1 2 69
1994–95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 75 3 16 19 297 15 1 1 2 69
1995–96 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 82 2 8 10 252 5 0 1 1 24
1996–97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 2 9 11 233 3 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 71 1 5 6 172 10 0 1 1 55
1998–99 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 72 3 4 7 248 14 0 0 0 49
NHL totals 74 2 8 10 201 12 0 0 0 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ken Sabourin biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  2. ^ Fachet, Robert (1991-01-28). "Sabourin pounds home first dividents". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-26.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ Bell, Aaron, ed. (2013). 2013–14 Ontario Hockey League Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 155. 
  4. ^ Lapp, Richard; Macaulay, Alec (1997). The Memorial Cup. Harbour Publishing. pp. 219–220. ISBN 1-55017-170-4. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Ken Sabourin player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  6. ^ Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean; Thomas, Rob, eds. (2013). 2013–14 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 134. 
  7. ^ Bensen, Lee (1988-05-25). "Hockey dynasties: To Montreal, add Golden Eagles". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, UT. p. D1. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  8. ^ a b Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 194. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  9. ^ a b Sell, Dave (1991-02-16). "Thoughts of Flames Make Sabourin glow". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-26.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  10. ^ La Canfora, Jason (2002-09-20). "Flyers spoil debut of Caps coach Cassidy". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-26.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Washington Capitals broadcast team". Washington Capitals Hockey Club. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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