Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek Laxdal
Right-winger Derek Laxdal was a part-time player for six NHL seasons. He was an explosive scorer in junior who found his greatest success as a pro in the minors and the British League.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Laxdal played junior with the Portland Winter Hawks and Brandon Wheat Kings. He was taken 151st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984 and suited up for Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships. After playing most of two seasons in the AHL, Laxdal made the 1988-89 Leafs out of training camp. The club struggled and the young forward was sent back to the minors after 41 games.

In December 1989, Laxdal was traded to the New York Islanders. He played a few games over two seasons for his new club but saw most of his game action with the AHL's Capital District Islanders. After spending the 1992-93 season with the Canadian National Team, Laxdal took a year away from hockey. He returned to score 32 goals for the ECHL's Roanoke Express in 1994-95 then spent four years in Britain with the Sheffield Steelers. Laxdal returned to North America in 1999 as a member of the WPHL's Odessa Jackalopes.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 39 4 9 13 27 14 0 2 2 2
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 23 20 43 86 12 0 4 4 10
1984-85 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 69 61 41 102 74
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 6 -1
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 5 3 2 5 2
1985-86 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 42 34 35 69 62
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 7 1 4 5 6
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 18 9 6 15 14
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 7 0 1 1 15 12 1 1 2 24
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 7 -1
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 78 24 20 44 69
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 6 0
1987-88 Newmarket Saints AHL 67 18 25 43 81
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 9 6 15 65 -11
1988-89 Newmarket Saints AHL 34 22 22 44 53 2 0 2 2 5
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 23 7 8 15 52
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 12 3 1 4 4 -4 1 0 2 2 2
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 28 13 12 25 42 13 8 6 14 47
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -1
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 65 14 25 39 75
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 49 7 7 14 61 4 1 1 2 10
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 51 13 27 40 71
1993-94 Herforder EG German-3
1993-94 Ilves Tampere Finland 17 6 5 11 20 3 1 0 1 4
1994-95 Roanoke Express ECHL 66 32 24 56 144 8 2 4 6 25
1995-96 Humberside Hawks BH-Cup 8 10 15 25 33
1995-96 Humberside Hawks Britain 33 29 29 58 163 7 9 4 13 16
1996-97 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 11 8 1 9 37
1996-97 Nottingham Panthers Britain 31 14 14 28 54 8 1 3 4 27
1997-98 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 12 7 9 16 16
1997-98 Nottingham Panthers Britain 44 24 23 47 103 6 1 3 4 10
1998-99 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 10 0 6 6 6
1998-99 Sheffield Steelers Britain 29 9 13 22 32
1999-00 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 10 6 6 12 6
1999-00 Sheffield Steelers Britain 18 3 3 6 20
1999-00 Odessa Jackalopes WPHL 46 28 25 53 53 +2 2 0 0 0 4
2000-01 Odessa Jackalopes WPHL 65 21 23 44 103 11 5 3 8 31
NHL Totals 67 12 7 19 88 1 0 2 2 2


Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Jack Capuano and Paul Gagne for Mike Stevens and Gilles Thibaudeau, December 20, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Odessa (WPHL), December 9, 1999.
Played w/ RHI's Ottawa Loggers in 1995 (22-25-28-53-38) and Denver Dare Devils in 1996 (16-3-15-18-32).