Tom McCarthy (ice hockey, born 1960)

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Tom McCarthy
Born (1960-07-31) July 31, 1960 (age 57)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Minnesota North Stars
Boston Bruins
AHL
Moncton Golden Flames
Maine Mariners
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1979
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1979–1988

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 HSC Csíkszereda of the Romanian Hockey League (RHL).

Playing career[edit]

McCarthy was born in Toronto, 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.

Legal trouble[edit]

After he retired from the NHL he became involved with drug dealer Carl Thompsen. His activities ended up with McCarthy receiving a 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 prison in Canada to complete his sentence, he was released in 1998.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After release from prison, McCarthy coached junior hockey in Mississauga, Ontario, before becoming head coach of the Huntsville Otters of the OPJHL,[citation needed] 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 Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). He remained there for two seasons, leading them to a NOJHL championship in 2013. In 2013, the Trappers' owner, Tim Clayden, created an expansion team called the Espanola Rivermen in the 2013–14 NOJHL season and McCarthy was brought on as head coach. McCarthy stayed with the Rivermen when they left the NOJHL to join Clayden's newly created league, the Canadian International Hockey League. That league only lasted one season and folded in 2015.

In May 2015, the NOJHL announced another expansion team in Espanola called the Express with McCarthy as one of the owners and head coach.[2]

In August 2016, McCarthy announced he was taking a head coaching position with HSC Csíkszereda in the Romanian Hockey League but would continue to remain involved with the Express as one of the owners.[3] He resigned in late November 2016 and returned to Espanola as the head coach for the 2017–18 season.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Kingston Canadiens OMJHL 2 1 0 1 0
1976–77 North York Rangers OPJHL 43 49 47 96 12
1977–78 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 62 47 46 93 72
1978–79 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 63 69 75 144 98
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 Boston Bruins NHL 68 30 29 59 31 4 1 1 2 4
1986–87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 7 2 5 7 6 13 3 4 7 18
1987–88 Maine Mariners AHL 17 7 6 13 14
NHL totals 460 178 221 399 330 68 12 26 38 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC interview
  2. ^ "ESPANOLA SCORES NEW JR. "A" HOCKEY TEAM". The Junior Hockey News. May 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "ESPANOLA EXPRESS HEAD COACH TAKES PRO COACHING JOB". The Junior Hockey News. August 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "ESPANOLA EXPRESS ANNOUNCE RETURN OF TOM MCCARTHY AS HEAD COACH". NOJHL. April 10, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Craig Hartsburg
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
1979
Succeeded by
Brad Palmer