Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Kyte
Jim Kyte was a huge 6'5" defenceman who overcame a hearing disability to play in the NHL. He played almost 600 NHL games for five teams and used his size and competitive will to keep the front of the net clear and play the body.

Kyte played two years of junior with the OHL's Cornwall Royals. A top-notch prospect, he was chosen 12th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1982. After his last junior season ended in 1982-83 he played two games for the Jets. Kyte was stay-at-home defenceman for six years on the speedy Jets.

In June 1989 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins to help shore up their leaky defence. He played 56 games in 1989-90 before a trade brought him to the Calgary Flames part way through the next season. After playing parts of two seasons in Calgary, he signed as a free agent with Ottawa during their inaugural training camp in September 1992. The Senators opted to go with younger players leaving Kyte to play chiefly in the minors from 1992-93 to 1995. He signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks in March1995 providing stability and a physical presence for over a year. Kyte retired after playing 95-96 with IHL's KC Blades.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 42 2 24 26 133
1981-82 Cornwall Royals OHL 52 4 13 17 148 5 0 0 0 10
1982-83 Cornwall Royals OHL 65 6 30 36 195 8 0 2 2 24
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 58 1 2 3 55 -7 3 0 0 0 11
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 0 3 3 111 -26 8 0 0 0 14
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 1 3 4 126 -21 3 0 0 0 12
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 72 5 5 10 162 +4 10 0 4 4 36
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 1 3 4 128 +1
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 3 9 12 190 -25
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 3 1 4 125 -10
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 25 2 5 7 157
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 42 0 9 9 153 +10 7 0 0 0 7
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 21 0 1 1 107 +2
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 6 0 1 1 9
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 0 1 1 4 0
1992-93 New Haven Senators AHL 63 6 18 24 163
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 75 2 16 18 246 4 0 1 1 51
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 76 3 17 20 195
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 18 2 5 7 33 -7 11 0 2 2 14
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 1 7 8 146 -12
1996-97 Kansas City Blades IHL 76 3 8 11 259 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 598 17 49 66 1342 42 0 6 6 94


Traded to Pittsburgh by Winnipeg with Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen for Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain, June 17, 1989. Traded to Calgary by Pittsburgh for Jiri Hrdina, December 13, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, September 10, 1992. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, March 31, 1995.