Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Cavallini
The younger brother of Gino, Paul's NHL career was almost a match, though rather than a second career in the minors and Europe, Paul retired after he knew his NHL career was over.

Drafted a lowly 205th overall by Washington in 1984, Cavallini had just one year of college before turning pro and joining the Caps farm team in Binghampton toward the end of the 1985-86 season. The next year he saw some action with the Caps, and the year after he made the team full-time. However, after just 24 games, Washington game up on him, sending him to St. Louis for a 2nd-round draft choice.

Of course, the Blues wanted Paul so he could play with brother Gino, and he proved a very reliable defenceman in his own end with fine offensive abilities as well. Early in 1992-93 the Caps re-acquired him only to send him to Dallas over the summer in 1993.

Cavallini played two years with the Stars, but after just eight games in 1995-96 retired from the NHL after 564 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.B 5 1 1 2 7
1982-83 Henry Carr Crusaders ON-Jr.B 35 6 16 22 191
1983-84 Henry Carr Crusaders ON-Jr.B 36 9 21 30 166
1984-85 Providence College H-East 37 4 10 14 52
1985-86 Canada Nat-Tm 52 1 11 12 95
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 15 3 4 7 20 6 0 2 2 56
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 2 2 8 -4
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 66 12 24 36 188 13 2 7 9 35
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 24 2 3 5 66 0
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 4 7 11 86 +7 10 1 6 7 26
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 4 20 24 128 +25 10 2 2 4 14
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 8 39 47 106 +38 12 2 3 5 20
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 10 25 35 89 +19 13 2 3 5 20
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 10 25 35 95 +7 4 0 1 1 6
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 1 4 5 10 +3
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 71 5 8 13 46 +3 6 0 2 2 18
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 74 11 33 44 82 +13 9 1 8 9 4
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 44 1 11 12 28 +8 5 0 2 2 6
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 8 0 0 0 6 -3
NHL Totals 564 56 177 233 750 69 8 27 35 114


Brother of Gino
Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (1990) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1990)
Traded to St. Louis by Washington for Montreal's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Washington selected Wade Bartley) in 1988 Entry Draft, December 11, 1987. Traded to Washington by St. Louis for Kevin Miller, November 2, 1992. Traded to Dallas by Washington for future considerations (Enrico Ciccone, June 25, 1993), June 20, 1993.
Officially announced retirement, November 7, 1995.