Mark Osborne (ice hockey)

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Mark Osborne
Born (1961-08-13) August 13, 1961 (age 56)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Adirondack Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Winnipeg Jets
NHL Draft 46th overall, 1980
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1981–1995

Mark Anatole Osborne (born August 13, 1961) is a Canadian retired ice hockey player. Osborne played in the NHL primarily as a checking winger between 1981 and 1995. Osborne played in 919 games, tallying 212 goals and 531 points.

Playing career[edit]

Osborne played his junior career for the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHL for three seasons, between 1979 and 1981. After his second year there, he was selected 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

As a rookie in the 1981–82 season he scored an impressive 26 goals and totaled 67 points, which would prove to be the second highest point total of his career, behind his 73 in the 1989–90 season as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

During the 1983 off-season he was traded to the New York Rangers in the trade that saw popular Ron Duguay leave the Big Apple. In New York, Osborne played three and a half seasons, reaching the semifinals with them in 1986. At the 1987 trade deadline he was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs for his first stint there that lasted five and a half seasons. In Toronto he played on a line with Gary Leeman and Ed Olczyk called the GEM line. In November 1990, he was sent to the Winnipeg Jets, but returned to the Leafs in a 1992 trade deadline deal for Lucien Deblois. In his second stint with Toronto he was on an effective checking line with Bill Berg and Peter Zezel and helped the Leafs reach the Conference Finals in two consecutive seasons (1993 and 1994), falling short each time of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before the shortened 1995 season Osborne signed with the Rangers, for his final NHL season. He would go on to play three more years with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL as a player-coach, before retiring in 1997–98.

Post playing career[edit]

After retiring Osborne worked as general manager of the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the OHL from October 29, 1999, to August 2000, after serving as an assistant coach the previous season. He followed that by becoming assistant GM of the Mississauga IceDogs for the 2002–03 season. Osborne was a hockey analyst with The Score Television Network. He is currently an analyst for Leafs TV, a popular media outlet covering the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Personal facts[edit]

Osborne is a devout Christian and worked at a Christian hockey camp in the off-seasons in London, Ontario and Moncton, New Brunswick. His nickname is Ozzie. He has been married to actress Madolyn Smith since 1988.

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