Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Laus
Born in Beamsville, Ontario, Laus was a Junior B standout with the St. Catharines Falcons before joining the OHL. He spent three years with the Hamilton Steelhawks/Niagara Falls Thunder franchise and was selected 37th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his first three years as a pro in the IHL and ECHL, including a stint with the short-lived Albany Choppers.

The rugged backliner was claimed by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 Expansion Draft. His solid defensive work and willingness to take on the toughest players in the league made him a valuable player on the club as it set an NHL record for expansion teams with 83 points. Two years later, he scored two goals and was a workhorse in 21 games as the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup finals. Laus continued to be an enforcer and team leader through the end of the 2000-01 season and was the only person to play in each of the club's first eight seasons.

However, injuries have limited Laus to only 70 games over the past three seasons.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 St. Catharines Falcons ON-Jr.B 40 1 8 9 56
1987-88 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 56 1 9 10 171 14 0 0 0 28
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 49 1 10 11 225 15 0 5 5 56
1989-90 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 60 13 35 48 231 16 6 16 22 71
1990-91 Albany Choppers IHL 7 0 0 0 7
1990-91 Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 20 6 12 18 83
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 35 3 4 7 103 4 0 0 0 13
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 75 0 21 21 248 14 2 5 7 70
1992-93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 76 8 18 26 427 4 1 0 1 27
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 39 2 0 2 109 +9
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 37 0 7 7 138 +12
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 78 3 6 9 236 -2 21 2 6 8 62
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 77 0 12 12 313 +13 5 0 1 1 4
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 77 0 11 11 293 -5
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 75 1 9 10 218 -1
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 77 3 8 11 172 -1 4 0 0 0 8
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 25 1 2 3 66 +5
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 45 4 3 7 157 +1
2002-03
NHL Totals 530 14 58 72 1702 30 2 7 9 74


Claimed by Florida from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to hernia injury vs. Carolina, November 15, 2000. Missed entire 2002-03 due to wrist injury vs. Montreal, January 20, 2002.
Officially announced retirement, September 20, 2003.
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