Shane Churla

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Shane Churla
Born (1965-06-24) June 24, 1965 (age 51)
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Hartford Whalers (1986–1987)
Calgary Flames (1987–1989)
Minnesota North Stars (1989–1993)
Dallas Stars (1993–1996)
Los Angeles Kings (1996)
New York Rangers (1996–1997)
NHL Draft 110th overall, 1985
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1985–1997

Shane Churla (born June 24, 1965) is a retired Canadian ice hockey right winger. He was drafted in the sixth round, 110th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently a scout for the Montreal Canadiens.[1]

Playing career[edit]

After playing two seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Churla made his professional debut with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers in the 1985–86 season. He made his NHL debut with Hartford in the 1986–87 season, appearing in 20 games. After dressing for two more games with Hartford in the 1987–88 season, he was traded to the Calgary Flames in a multi-player deal.

During the 1988–89 season, the Flames traded Churla to the Minnesota North Stars. He was one of the players selected from the North Stars by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal Draft; however, he was traded back to the North Stars only days later for Kelly Kisio.

Churla remained with the Stars franchise as it moved south to become the Dallas Stars. In the 1995–96 season, Churla moved from Dallas to the Los Angeles Kings, and then again to the New York Rangers. He retired as a Ranger after the 1996–97 season.

In his NHL career, Churla appeared in 488 games. He scored 26 goals and added 45 assists. He also appeared in 78 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring five goals and tallying seven assists. Churla was considered a top enforcer in the NHL. He and Basil McRae were a formidable duo on the Minnesota North Stars at the end of the 1980s. He tallied 2,301 penalty minutes in his NHL career.

Churla is perhaps best remembered for receiving one of the most vicious elbows in NHL history during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, courtesy of Pavel Bure. The elbow was dubbed by Don Cherry as "the mother of all elbows."

After retirement Churla continued working in hockey industry. In 2005 he became a scout in Dallas Stars identifying and evaluating draft-eligible players. In 2013 he moved to Montreal Canadiens to a similar position.[1]

Churla is the cousin of former National Football League quarterback Mark Rypien.[2]

Shane's younger brother, Russ, also played in the WHL for one season, but has since retired.

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  1. ^ a b "Ex-Stars enforcer Churla joining Montreal as scout". The Jamestown Sun. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Molnari, David (26 December 1993). "Everything Is Relative - Or So It Seems". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 

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