Rob Murray and Jim Mathieson
Starting in 1989 Rob Murray played parts of two seasons for the Washington Capitals. From 1991 to their move in 1996 Murray played 30+ games for the Jets. He ended his career by playing a few games for the Phenix Coyotes. Currently a head coach in the ECHL Murray once held the AHL all-time penalty minute record with 2940. Mathieson played 2 games for the 89/90 Washington Capitals.
Terran Sandwith and Mark Kolesar
A second round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990, Sandwith’s only NHL action came with the 97/98 Edmonton Oilers. From 1995-1997 Mark Kolesar played 28 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs scoring 2 goals and 4 points. He also scored a goal in the 95/96 playoffs.
Mark Astley and David Cooper
Mark Astley spent a couple seasons in the mid 90s patrolling the blue line for the Sabres. He was a member of the silver medal winning 1994 Canadian Olympic team. Cooper amassed 10 points in his 30 game NHL career, all with the Maple Leafs. He had been the 11th overall pick by the Sabres in 1992.
Glen Sharpley and Dan Keczmer
Sharpley had a few solid seasons in the NHL before his career was ended at only 25 when he suffered a stick to his eye and lost its sight. I recommend this hockey new article about his career. Keczmer played 200+ NHL games dressing for the North Stars, Whaler, Flames, Stars and Predators.
David Haas and Lindsay Vallis
Haas played 5 games for the 90/91 Edmonton Oilers and 2 for the 93/94 Calgary Flames. Vallis appeared in a single game for the 93/94 Montreal Canadiens.
Brent Thompson and Geordie Kinnear
Thompson was recently hired as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders. He played over 120 NHL games between the LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets and Pheonix Coyotes. Kinnear played 4 games for the 99/00 Atlanta Thrashers.
Paxton Schulte and Jeff Lank
Schulte played 1 game for the 93/94 Quebec Nordiques and 1 game for the 96/97 Calgary Flames. He became a star player in Britain and his jersey number was retired by the Belfast Giants. Lank played 2 games for the 99/00 Philadelphia Flyers.
Al Hill and Tony Horacek
From 1976-1988 Al Hill played over 200 games for the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 16 goals for the team in 79/80. You can read here how he holds an interesting place in hockey history. In his NHL debut back in 76 he racked up 2 goals, 3 assists and a fight. Tony Horacek played 150+ NHL games between Philadelphia and Chicago.
Jim Hiller and Geoff Smith
Hiller played one year in the NHL. In 1992/93 he suited up for 60+ games between the LA Kings and Detroit Red Wings. After netting a respectable 20 points that year his only other taste in the league was, in 93/94, a 2 game appearance for the Rangers, who went on to win the Cup that season. Hiller is doing an excellent job as a head coach in the WHL and could soon be back in the NHL, this time behind the bench. Geoff Smith played just under 500 NHL games, most between Edmonton and Florida. He also dressed for the New York Rangers. He was fortunate enough, as a rookie, to be a member of the 89/90 Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers, getting his name inscribed on the trophy.
Mark Visheau and Paul Brousseau
Visheau played 1 game for the 93/94 Winnipeg Jets and 28 for the 98/99 LA Kings. Just after he earned that spot on the Kings roster his career was ended by injury. He later sued the doctors for 30 million dollars in damages due to the way it was handled but lost the suit. Google Visheau vs Centinela for more information on the incident. Brousseau appeared in 26 NHL games between the Avalanche, Lightning and most recently the 00/01 Panthers.
Chris Kontos and Juha Lind
Over 10 years Kontos had an interesting NHL career while amassing 123 points in 230 regular season games between the Rangers, Penguins, Kings and Lightning. In only 20 career playoff games he has 11 goals. During the 88/89 postseason he scored 9 goals in only 11 playoff games with Los Angeles. In his last NHL season, 92/93, he placed third in team scoring on the brand new Tampa Bay franchise, netting 27 goals and 51 points. He left the league the following season to play international hockey, winning a 1994 Olympic Silver medal with Canada. Read this great article from the hockey new about his full career. Juha Lind spent a couple years in both Dallas and Montreal.
Viktor Gordijuk and Arto Blomsten
From 1992-1995 Gordijuk played 26 games for the Sabres scoring 3 goals and 11 points. From 1993-1996 Blomsten played 25 NHL games, 6 for the LA kings and the rest with Winnipeg.
Lee Sorochan and Brad Tiley
Sorochan played 2 games for the Calgary Flames in 98/99 and 1 for them in 99/00. He won a World Juniors gold medal with Canada in 1995. Brad Tiley played 9 games for the Pheonix Coyotes in the late 90s and 2 for the 00/01 Flyers.
Sean Whyte and Sami Helenius
Sean Whyte played 21 games for the LA Kings in the early 90s and picked up 2 assists. The career of Sami Helinius lasted 150+ games as he traveled with Calgary, Tampa Bay, Colorado, Dallas and Chicago.
Brian Sullivan and Tim Tookey
Sullivan played 2 games for the 92/93 New Jersey Devils. In his short career of 100+ NHL games Tim Tookey suited up for Washington, Quebec, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Wayne Cowley and Andrei Trefilov
Cowley played one game for the Oilers in 94/95. He made 35 saves but let in 3 goals and was credited with a loss. Trefilov played a number of NHL games between Calgary, Buffalo and Chicago.
Mike O’Neill and Shawn Simpson
Between 1991 and 1994 O’Neill appeared in 20 games for the Winnipeg Jets. Of those he is credited with 0 wins and 9 losses. He also played part of a game for the 96/97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Shawn Simpson is an oddball and goes into my “backup only” binder. He sat on then bench on multiple occasions for the Washington Capitals.
Mark Wotton and Ed Chynoweth
Wotton played 42 games for the Vancouver Canucks over three seasons in the mid 90s. He also played 1 game for the 00/01 Dallas Stars. Chynoweth was president of the CHL for many years and was inducted into the HHOF in 2008. It goes into my ‘oddball’ binder.