Tom McCarthy (ice hockey, born 1960)
July 31, 1960 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
Moncton Golden Flames
|NHL Draft||10th overall, 1979
Minnesota North Stars
Thomas Joseph McCarthy (born July 31, 1960) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He played 460 games in the National Hockey League for the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins. McCarthy is Currently the head coach of the Espanola Rivermen of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).
McCarthy was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He was the first overall pick in the 1977 OMJHL Midget Draft, making him one of two players drafted ahead of Wayne Gretzky. He had 69 goals for the Oshawa Generals in the 1978–79 season.
In the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, he was chosen in the first round (tenth overall) by the Minnesota North Stars. He was selected to play in the 1983 NHL All-Star Game and finished the season with 39 goals. He went on to play seven seasons for the North Stars and two for the Boston Bruins, finishing his career with 178 goals and 399 points. He had 12 goals and 38 points in the playoffs.
After he retired from the NHL he became involved with drug dealer Carl Thompsen. His activities ended up with McCarthy receiving an unprecedented sentence of five years and ten months for conspiracy to traffic Marijuana in 1994. As he was considered an illegal alien by U.S. authorities, he ended up serving part of his sentence at Leavenworth Penitentiary Federal Prison. After being transferred to a Canadian prison to complete his sentence, he was released in 1998.
After release from prison, McCarthy coached junior hockey in Mississauga, Ontario, before becoming head coach of the Huntsville Otters of the OPJHL, and later the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL. On June 27, 2011, he was named head coach of the North Bay Trappers Junior "A" Hockey Club of the NOJHL. He remained there for two seasons, leading them to a NOJHL championship in 2013. The Trappers then moved to Espanola in the 2013-2014 NOJHL season and Tom stayed on as Head Coach. He is Currently the head coach of the Espanola Rivermen of the NOJHL.
|1976–77||North York Rangers||OPJHL||43||49||47||96||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||68||16||20||36||39||15||5||6||11||20|
|1980–81||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||62||23||25||48||62||8||0||3||3||6|
|1981–82||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||40||12||30||42||36||4||0||2||2||4|
|1982–83||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||80||28||48||76||59||9||2||4||6||9|
|1983–84||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||66||39||31||70||49||8||1||4||5||6|
|1984–85||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||44||16||21||37||36||7||0||2||2||0|
|1985–86||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||25||12||12||24||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Moncton Golden Flames||AHL||2||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- article at Slam Sports
- U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons listing
- page at Hockey Draft Central
- Tom McCarthy's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Tom McCarthy's biography at Legends of Hockey
- CBC - Tom McCarthy Story - Hockey night in Canada
- Former NHLer living the dream again . . . but in a different way
|Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick