Phil Housley


Phil Housley

Infobox Ice Hockey Player
played_for = Buffalo Sabres
Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
Washington Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
position = Defence/Forward
shot = Left
height_ft = 5
height_in = 10
weight_lb = 185
nationality = USA
birth_date = Birth date and age|1964|3|9|mf=y
birth_place = Saint Paul, MN, U.S.
draft = 6th overall
draft_year = 1982
draft_team = Buffalo Sabres
career_start = 1982
career_end = 2003

Phillip F. Housley (born March 9, 1964 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is a former ice hockey player who played for the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Housley currently coaches high school hockey for the Stillwater Ponies of Stillwater, Minnesota. [ [http://mshsl.org/mshsl/schoolactpage.asp?actnum=410&school=440 Activity Page ] ]

Housley is the second leading scorer amongst U.S.-born players, with 1,232 points (338–894). He held the record for most points by an American-born NHL player until Mike Modano surpassed it on November 7, 2007.

He is considered one of the best American defenceman ever, alongside fellow Americans Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch. However, Housley never won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's Top Defenceman, thanks in large part to playing in the same era and reaching his peak years at the same time as the likes of Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Chelios and Leetch (the four combined to win every Norris Trophy between 1985 and 1997), and that he spent considerable time during his career playing forward.

Housley never won the Stanley Cup, coming closest with the Capitals in 1998, where they were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red Wings. He played more NHL games without winning the Stanley Cup than any player in NHL history. Luke Richardson is the active NHL player who has played the most games without winning the coveted trophy: 1,339 at the end of the 2006–07 season.

On January 21, 2000, Housley played in his 1,257th NHL Game, the most ever at the time by an American, breaking the record held by Craig Ludwig. Housley went on to play in 1,495 NHL games. He held the record for games played by an American-born player for nearly seven years, until it was broken, on November 24, 2006, by Chris Chelios.

Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. and is currently eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame. On February 7, 2007, he was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, commemorated in a pre-game ceremony with former head coach Scotty Bowman on hand.

Career statistics

ee also

* List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame
* List of retired NHL players
* List of NHL statistical leaders
* List of NHL seasons
* List of NHL players with 1000 points

References

External links

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* [http://www.usolympicteam.com/26_12446.htm Phil Housley's U.S. Olympic Team bio]


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