Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Joseph
Defenceman Chris Joseph was a fine example of size and mobilty, but his NHL career ended up being more steady than spectacular. Throughout his career he played to his strengths of being disciplined in his own end and joining in on the rush when opportunities arose.

Born in Burnaby, B.C., Joseph starred on the blueline of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds and played for Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1987 and 1988. Joseph was also voted on the WHL west second all-star team in 1987. He was the first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987 but only played 17 games as a rookie before he was involved in a major trade with the Edmonton Oilers. The major principals involved were Craig Simpson and Paul Coffey. Joseph spent some time with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL but he was injured for part of the season. He played parts of the next six seasons in Edmonton and Cape Breton with the high point being his solid work while helping the club reach the semi-finals in 1992.

Early in the 1993-94 season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning where he scored 10 goals in 66 games for his new team. By the time the NHL resumed play in January, 1995, Joseph no longer fit into Tampa's plans and he was picked up on waivers for his second tour of duty with the Penguins. He was a solid two-way defender with the Pens before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Vancouver Canucks where he performed solidly in 1996-87.

Early in training camp in September 1997 he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent but injuries limited his playing time. After spending most of the 1998-99 season in the minors, Joseph signed with the Ottawa Senators prior to the next season. The Sens were too deep and Joseph ended up playing 38 games for the Vancouver Canucks before he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes late in the year. The veteran split the 2000-01 schedule between Phoenix and the Atlanta Thrashers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Burnaby Beavers Minor-BC 52 18 48 66 52
1985-86 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 72 4 8 12 50 5 0 3 3 12
1986-87 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 67 13 45 58 155
1986-87 Canada WJC-A 6 1 1 2 12
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 4 4 12 +2
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 4 4 6 -3
1987-88 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 23 5 14 19 49
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 1 2 3 6
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 8 0 2 2 8 4 0 0 0 9
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 4 5 9 54 -9
1988-89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 5 1 1 2 18
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 2 2 2 -2
1989-90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 61 10 20 30 69 6 2 1 3 4
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 5 17 22 59 +3
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 0 0 8 -1 5 1 3 4 2
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 63 14 29 43 72 5 0 2 2 8
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 33 2 10 12 48 -9
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 1 1 2 28 -8
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 10 19 29 108 -13
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 5 10 15 46 +3 10 1 1 2 12
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 5 14 19 71 +6 15 1 0 1 8
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 3 13 16 62 -21
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 1 0 1 19 +1 1 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 6 2 3 5 2 +2
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1998-99 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 27 11 19 30 38 0
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 51 9 29 38 26 +24 16 3 10 13 8
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 38 2 9 11 6 -4
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 9 0 0 0 0 -5
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 24 1 1 2 16 -4
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 19 0 3 3 20 -7
2001-02 TPS Turku Finland 32 6 9 15 105 8 1 1 2 31
2002-03 Adler Mannheim Germany 47 7 23 30 124 8 0 6 6 2
NHL Totals 510 39 112 151 567 31 3 4 7 24


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1987) Traded to Edmonton by Pittsburgh with Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan and Moe Mantha for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp, November 24, 1987. Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton for Bob Beers, November 11, 1993. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Tampa Bay in Waiver Draft, January 18, 1995. Claimed by Vancouver from Pittsburgh in Waiver Draft, September 30, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, September 11, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 18, 1999. Claimed by Vancouver from Ottawa in Waiver Draft, September 27, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Phoenix from Vancouver, March 14, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Phoenix, February 14, 2001.