Jim Sandlak


Jim Sandlak

Infobox Ice Hockey Player


image_size =
position = Right Wing
played_for = Vancouver Canucks
Hartford Whalers
nickname = House
shot = Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 4
weight_lb = 220
nationality = CAN
birth_date = Birth date and age|1966|12|12|mf=y
birth_place = Kitchener, ON, CAN
draft = 4th overall
pre-NHL = London Knights
Pre-NHL_league = OHL
draft_year = 1985
draft_team = Vancouver Canucks
career_start = 1985
career_end = 1996

James Sandlak, Jr. (born December 12, 1966 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who spent 11 seasons in the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Selected by the Vancouver Canucks with the 4th overall pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Sandlak was a highly-touted prospect who at 6'4" and 220 lbs. was projected to be a star power forward in the NHL. He cemented this status with a dominant performance at the 1986 World Junior Championships , at which he was the captain of the Canadian team and was named the tournament's top forward. Convinced that Sandlak was a better prospect than the slow-developing Cam Neely (who played the same position and style), Canuck management decided that the future Hall of Famer Neely was expendable, and dealt him to the Boston Bruins for Barry Pederson in what would later be labelled by many commentators as one of the worst trades ever made.

Sandlak had a solid rookie year in 1986–87, scoring 15 goals and being selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. After a poor training camp in 1987, he was sent to the AHL, but responded well upon his recall, scoring 16 goals in just 49 games. He scored 20 goals the following season, but continued to struggle with comparisons to the now-superstar Neely and frustrate fans and management alike with his inconsistency. By the 1990–91 season he was little more than a bit player on the Canucks, scoring just 6 goals.

However, Sandlak rebounded in 1991–92 to play the best hockey of his career on a rejuvenated Canuck team. Playing largely with Sergio Momesso and Cliff Ronning (a line dubbed the "Twin Towers" due to Ronning's small stature accentuating the size of his two larger linemates), Sandlak matched his career high of 40 points despite missing almost 20 games due to injury. In the 1992 playoffs, Sandlak finally put his game together and looked like the power forward he was always supposed to be, as he was arguably the best player in Vancouver's opening-round victory against Winnipeg, and contributed 10 points in that playoffs while playing a dominant physical game.

However, just as Sandlak's career appeared headed in the right direction, injuries began to take their toll. His 1992–93 season was plagued by back problems which caused him to miss 25 games as well as most of the playoffs, and limited him to just 10 goals. Following the season, he was dealt to the Hartford Whalers as the future considerations in the Murray Craven trade. His two seasons with the Whalers were an absolute nightmare, however, as wrist, foot, knee, and heel injuries limited him to just 40 games and 8 points over that span. Released by the Whalers in 1995, he returned to Vancouver for the 1995–96 season, but again struggled with injuries (this time a stress fracture to a vertebra in his back) and his level of play had dropped off considerably. Following a failed tryout with Buffalo the following season he retired from the NHL, although he returned after a year off for a season in Germany before leaving the game for good.

Sandlak finished his career with totals of 110 goals and 229 points in 549 career games, along with 821 penalty minutes. According to a 2006 issue of The Hockey News, Sandlak retired to London, Ontario where he owns and operates a landscaping company. He also coaches youth hockey in the London Knights system.

Awards & achievements

* Named top forward at the 1986 World Junior Championshps
* Won Silver Medal at 1986 World Junior Championships
* Named to 1986–87 NHL All-Rookie Team

Career statistics

--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --1983-84 London Knights OHL 68 23 18 41 143 8 1 11 12 131984-85 London Knights OHL 58 40 24 64 128 8 3 2 5 141985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 1 3 4 10 3 0 1 1 01985-86 London Knights OHL 16 7 13 20 36 5 2 3 5 241986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 15 21 36 66 -- -- -- -- --1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 16 15 31 81 -- -- -- -- --1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 24 10 15 25 47 -- -- -- -- --1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 20 20 40 99 6 1 1 2 21989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 15 8 23 104 -- -- -- -- --1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 7 6 13 125 -- -- -- -- --1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 16 24 40 176 13 4 6 10 221992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 10 18 28 122 6 2 2 4 41993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 27 6 2 8 32 -- -- -- -- --1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 4 2 6 6 5 0 0 0 21995-96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 12 6 1 7 16 -- -- -- -- --1997-98 Ingolstadt ERC Ger.1 21 6 9 15 85 -- -- -- -- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NHL Totals 549 110 119 229 821 33 7 10 17 30

Coaching statistics

Season Team Lge Type2007-08 Sarnia Sting OHL Assistant Coach

ee also

*List of NHL players
*List of NHL seasons
*List of OHL seasons
*List of AHL seasons

External links

*hockeydb|4755


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