Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Cunneyworth
Randy Cunneyworth felt he had a great deal to prove when he was selected in the eighth round, 167th overall, in the 1980 Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He was convinced he should have been chosen much higher and knew that a successful NHL career would be proper vindication.

As a junior with the Ottawa 67's, Cunneyworth was known for his speed and excellent shot. In his final year of junior, Cunneyworth scored 54 goals and 74 assists for 128 points. He may have carried a small chip on his shoulder as well, having to cool his heels in the penalty box for 240 minutes. When the 67's season ended, Cunneyworth played one game with the Sabres but it was not until the following year that he was able to properly get his feet wet, appearing in 20 games, where he had two goals and six points. For the next three years he patiently played in the minors with the AHL's Rochester Americans.

In 1985-86, he got his first real chance to play in the NHL, when the Pittsburgh Penguins obtained his rights. He played in 75 games for the Pens that year, scoring 15 goals and 45 points. After four years in Pittsburgh, Cunneyworth joined the Winnipeg Jets, but after just 28 games was sent to the Hartford Whalers, where he played the next five years of his career before being traded late in the 1993-94 season to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Cunneyworth joined the Ottawa Senators in the shortened 1994-95 season and remained with the team for another three years. In 1998-99, he signed with the Buffalo Sabres, playing in 14 games before being sent down to the minors with the Rochester Americans. Cunneyworth played 52 games with the Americans in 1999-00 as a player-assistant coach, retiring at the end of the season.

In 2000-01, Cunneyworth took over as head coach of the Rochestr Americans.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.A 44 17 14 31 127
1979-80 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 63 16 25 41 145 11 0 1 1 13
1980-81 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 67 54 74 128 240 15 5 8 13 35
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 2 4 6 47 -3
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 57 12 15 27 86 9 4 0 4 30
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 78 23 33 56 111 16 4 4 8 35
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 54 18 17 35 85 17 5 5 10 55
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 72 30 38 68 148 5 2 1 3 16
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 15 30 45 74 +12
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 26 27 53 142 +14
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 35 39 74 141 +13
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 25 19 44 156 -22 11 3 5 8 26
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 28 5 6 11 34 -7
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 43 9 9 18 41 -4 4 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 32 9 5 14 49 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Springfield Indians AHL 2 0 0 0 5
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 7 10 17 71 -5 7 3 0 3 9
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 5 4 9 63 -1
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 63 9 8 17 87 -2
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 4 3 7 13 +1 6 0 0 0 8
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 48 5 5 10 68 -19
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 17 19 36 130 -31
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 12 24 36 99 -7 7 1 1 2 10
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 2 11 13 63 -14 6 0 1 1 6
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 2 2 4 0 +1 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 52 10 18 28 55 +19 20 3 14 17 58
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 52 8 16 24 81 0
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL
NHL Totals 866 189 225 414 1280 45 7 7 14 61


Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (Sportsmanship - AHL) (2000) Traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo with Mike Moller for Pat Hughes, October 4, 1985. Traded to Winnipeg by Pittsburgh with Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen, June 17, 1989. Traded to Hartford by Winnipeg for Paul MacDermid, December 13, 1989. Traded to Chicago by Hartford with Gary Suter and Hartford's 3rd round choice (later traded to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Larry Courville) in 1995 Entry Draft for Frantisek Kucera and Jocelyn Lemieux, March 11, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 15, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, August 27, 1998.
Suffered season-ending knee injury in game vs. Quebec (AHL), February 18, 2000. Officially announced retirement and named Head Coach of Rocherster (AHL), September 8, 2000.