Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jay Caufield
Although he attended the University of North Dakota, Caufield played football, not hockey, with the program there. It was only after graduating that he signed with the Rangers and was assigned to Toledo of the IHL.

The following year, 1986-87, he saw his first NHL action and established himself with 45 penalty minutes in 13 games. His was not going to be a game of finesse and skill, but rather one of toughness.

Nevertheless, the Rangers traded Caufield prior to the 1987-88 season, but he played only one game for Minnesota before landing in Pittsburgh the next year where he had his greatest success.

With the Pens, Caufield played most of five seasons, including the 1991-92 Cup-winning year. Along the way, he averaged nearly four penalty minutes a game, and in 194 games with Pittsburgh he scored a grand total of three goals. He was demoted to the "I" for 1993-94 and retired at year's end.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Milton Flyers ON-Jr.B 42 16 29 45 50
1980-1984 University of North Dakota WCHA
1984-85 University of North Dakota WCHA 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 30 5 4 9 54
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 40 2 3 5 40 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 13 2 1 3 45 -2 3 0 0 0 12
1986-87 Flint Spirits IHL 12 4 3 7 59
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 0 0 0 43
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 65 5 10 15 273 6 0 1 1 47
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 1 4 5 285 -4 9 0 0 0 28
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 37 1 2 3 123 0
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 1 1 2 71 -2
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 3 1 0 1 18
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 0 0 0 175 -6 5 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 26 0 0 0 60 -1
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 45 2 3 5 176 4 0 0 0 18
NHL Totals 208 5 8 13 759 17 0 0 0 42


Played football at University of North Dakota, 1980-1985. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 8, 1985. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Dave Gagner for Jari Gronstrand and Paul Boutilier, October 8, 1987. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988.