Paul Baxter

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Paul Baxter
Born (1955-10-28) October 28, 1955 (age 63)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Cleveland Crusaders
NHL Draft 49th overall, 1975
Pittsburgh Penguins
WHA Draft 11th overall, 1974
Cleveland Crusaders
Playing career 1974–1987

Paul Gordon Baxter (born October 28, 1955) is a Canadian former ice hockey defenceman who played from 1979 to 1987, and has served as a National Hockey League (NHL) assistant coach for eleven seasons.[1] He was coaching the Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL before his firing in late November 2010.[2] He then went to the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL as head coach, general manager, and part owner in May 2011. He left his operational positions with the Wildcats in October 2016 while remaining part owner.[3] The team would cease operations at the end of the season. He and his wife currently live in Tennessee.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Cleveland Crusaders drafted Baxter in the first round, 11th overall, of the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. The following year he was drafted into the NHL (third round; 49th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played a year in the NHL representing the Quebec Nordiques, as well as three years with the Penguins and another four with the Calgary Flames. Baxter spent prior time with teams in the NAHL and WCHL. He retired from the NHL after 470 games, recording a total of 48 goals, 121 assists, 169 points, and 1564 penalty minutes. Baxter is the all-time leader in penalty minutes for the WHA with 962, and is also the single-season leader for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 409 during the 1981–82 season.

Baxter continued his career as a coach, leading the IHL's Salt-Lake Golden Eagles to the championship title in '87-'88. He would go on to become the assistant coach of multiple NHL clubs.

Coaching history[edit]

  • 1987–89: Salt-Lake Golden Eagles (IHL) head coach
  • 1989–92: Calgary Flames (NHL) assistant coach
  • 1992–95: Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) assistant coach
  • 1995–97: Saint John Flames (AHL) head coach
  • 1997–2000: San Jose Sharks (NHL) assistant coach
  • 2001–03: Florida Panthers (NHL) assistant coach
  • 2006-08: HIFK SM-liiga (Finland) head coach
  • 2008-10: Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) head coach
  • 2011–14: Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL) head coach
  • 2014–16: Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL) team president

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 44 9 22 31 359
1972–73 Winnipeg Jets WCHL Statistics unavailable
1973–74 Winnipeg Monarchs WCHL 63 10 30 40 384
1974–75 Cape Codders NAHL 2 1 0 1 11
1974–75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 5 0 0 0 37
1975–76 Syracuse Blazers NAHL 3 1 2 3 9
1975–76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 67 3 7 10 201 3 0 0 0 10
1976–77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 66 6 17 23 244 12 2 2 4 35
1976–77 Maine Nordiques NAHL 6 1 4 5 52
1977–78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 76 6 29 35 240 11 4 7 11 42
1978–79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 76 10 36 46 240 4 0 2 2 7
1979–80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 61 7 13 20 145
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 51 5 14 19 204 5 0 1 1 28
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 9 34 43 409 5 0 0 0 14
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 11 21 32 238
1983–84 Calgary Flames NHL 74 7 20 27 182 11 0 2 2 37
1984–85 Calgary Flames NHL 70 5 14 19 126 4 0 1 1 18
1985–86 Calgary Flames NHL 47 4 3 7 194 13 0 1 1 55
1986–87 Calgary Flames NHL 18 0 2 2 66 2 0 0 0 10
WHA totals 290 25 89 114 962 30 6 11 17 94
NHL totals 472 48 121 169 1564 40 0 5 5 162

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Baxter hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2010-12-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "PAUL BAXTER OFFICIALLY LEAVES WICHITA FALLS". Wichita Falls Wildcats. October 17, 2016.

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Preceded by
Bob Francis
HIFK head coach
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Kari Jalonen