Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kelly Fairchild
Centre Kelly Fairchild played 23 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the mid-90s. He was a fine playmaker in college and the minors but had difficulty adjusting to the close checking in the NHL during the "neutral zone trap era".

Born in Hibbing, Minnesota, Fairchild starred for Grand Rapids High School in 1990-91 then was drafted 152nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings. He opted to attend the University of Wisconsin and led the WCHA with 64 points in 1993-94. That year also played a more aggressive style of hockey and was selected to the conference's first all-star team.

In October, 1994, Fairchild was part of a multi-player deal that saw him end up in the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization. He enjoyed two solid pro seasons with the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs and recorded an assist in his first and only NHL game in 1995-96. The next season he played 22 games but, ultimately, was not in the club's plans. He toiled in the minors for another year then signed with the Dallas Stars in July 1998. Fairchild played one game in the Lone Star state but otherwise competed for the IHL"s Michigan K-Wings.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Hibbing Blue Jackets High-MN 22 9 8 17 24
1989-90 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN 28 12 17 29 73
1990-91 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN 28 28 45 73 25
1991-92 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 11 10 21 45
1992-93 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 25 29 54 54
1993-94 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 20 44 64 81
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 53 27 23 50 51 4 0 2 2 4
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 1 1 2 +1
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 78 29 49 78 85 2 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 0 2 2 2 -5
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 29 9 22 31 36
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 25 9 6 15 20 9 6 5 11 16
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 17 5 2 7 24 -8
1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 22 2 6 8 20 -4
1997-98 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 40 20 24 44 32 0 10 5 2 7 4
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 74 17 33 50 88 -6 5 2 2 4 16
1999-00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 78 21 41 62 89 -8
2000-01 Hershey Bears AHL 70 23 40 63 68 -3 12 2 9 11 10
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 10 2 0 2 2 +1
2001-02 Hershey Bears AHL 63 22 25 47 92 +2 8 2 1 3 6
2002-03 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 51 20 32 52 74 9 3 3 6 20
2002-03 United States WC-A 6 5 0 5 2 +1
2003-04 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 42 20 23 43 86 11 6 7 13 6
2004-05 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 43 17 16 33 54 7 1 5 6 4
2005-06 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 33 15 17 32 22 11 3 5 8 12
2006-07 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 47 13 15 28 60 3 0 0 0 6
2007-08 Vienna Capitals Austria 44 7 29 36 58 7 1 3 4 12
2008-09 Nippon Paper Cranes AsianHL 20 9 14 23 52
NHL Totals 34 2 3 5 6


WCHA First All-Star Team (1994) Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with Dixon Ward, Guy Leveque and Shayne Toporowski for Eric Lacroix, Chris Snell and Toronto's 4th round choice (Eric Belanger) in 1996 Entry Draft, October 3, 1994. Traded to Milwaukee (IHL) by Orlando (IHL) with Dave McIntyre for Sean McCann and Dave Mackey, January 11, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Eisbaren Berlin (Germany), July 28, 2002.