Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Shane Churla
Shane Churla was selected 110th overall in the sixth round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. He played two years of Junior A hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, scoring 14 goals and 34 points in 1984-85, while compiling 370 minutes in penalties in 70 games.

It was obvious that for Churla to be successful in the NHL, he was going to need to continue his hard-nosed play and act as an enforcer to protect the team's more skilled stars. In his first pro season with Binghamton in the AHL, Churla took his job to heart, spending 306 minutes in the penalty box. He was even more truculent to start the following season, collecting 249 minutes in penalties in just 24 games. Projected over 80 games that total would have reached an unbelievable 830 minutes, but Churla was called up for 20 games with the Whalers, where he had a single point and a relatively toned-down 78 minutes in penalties.

After another two games with Hartford in 1987-88, Churla was sent to the Calgary Flames, but on a team already loaded with toughness, his tenure ended less than a year later when he was sent to the Minnesota North Stars, the organization where he spent the bulk of his NHL career. During his first full season in 1989-90, Churla played in 53 games, scoring two goals and five points while spending 292 minutes in the sin bin. The following year, Churla and the North Stars advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins four-games-to-two.

In 1993-94, the North Stars franchise moved to Dallas and was re-named simply the Stars. Churla remained with the team until midway through the 1995-96 season when he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, who were in the market for policemen to protect the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. However, Churla's stay in Los Angeles lasted all of eleven games before he was on the move again, this time to the New York Rangers. Churla appeared in 45 games for the Rangers in 1996-97, before retiring. He played in 488 games, scoring 26 goals and 71 points with 2,301 minutes in penalties.

Churla now lives in Phoenix, Arizona and joined the NHL's Coyotes as a team scout in February 2000.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 48 3 7 10 115 14 1 5 6 41
1984-85 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 14 20 34 370 9 1 0 1 55
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 52 4 10 14 306 3 0 0 0 22
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 20 0 1 1 78 -1 2 0 0 0 42
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 24 1 5 6 249
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 0 0 14 -1
1987-88 Binghamton Whalers AHL 25 5 8 13 168
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 29 1 5 6 132 +2 7 0 1 1 17
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 25 -3
1988-89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 32 3 13 16 278
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 13 1 0 1 54 0
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 53 2 3 5 292 -4 7 0 0 0 44
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 40 2 2 4 286 +1 22 2 1 3 90
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 4 1 5 278 -12
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 5 16 21 286 -8
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 69 6 7 13 333 -8 9 1 3 4 35
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 27 1 3 4 186 0 5 0 0 0 20
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 34 3 4 7 168 +4
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 1 2 3 37 -9
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 10 0 0 0 26 -3 11 2 2 4 14
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 45 0 1 1 106 -10 15 0 0 0 20
NHL Totals 488 26 45 71 2301 78 5 7 12 282


Traded to Calgary by Hartford with Dana Murzyn for Neil Sheehy, Carey Wilson, and the rights to Lane MacDonald, January 3, 1988. Traded to Minnesota by Calgary with Perry Berezan for Brian MacLellan and Minnesota's 4th round choice (Robert Reichel) in 1989 Entry Draft, March 4, 1989. Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Minnesota by San Jose for Kelly Kisio, June 3, 1991. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Los Angeles by Dallas with Doug Zmolek for Darryl Sydor and Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Ryan Christie) in 1996 Entry Draft, February 17, 1996. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles with Marty McSorley and Jari Kurri for Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom, Nathan LaFayette and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 Entry Draft, March 14, 1996.