Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff O'Neill
An explosive scorer in junior, Jeff O'Neill started slowly in the NHL but eventually came into his own with the Carolina Hurricanes. His strong skating and playmaking ability were accompanied by a nasty streak that would not allow opposing checkers to take liberties with him.

A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, O'Neill scored 190 points in 78 games in Midget then starred for Thornhill in the MTHL. As he progressed his offensive prowess continued with 120 goals in three seasons with the Guelph Storm of the OHL. O'Neill was selected fifth overall by the Hartford Whalers at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He returned for one last year of junior and helped his team reach the Memorial Cup tournament. He also helped Canada win its third consecutive gold medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships.

O'Neill debuted with the Hartford Whalers in 1995-96 and remained with the franchise when it relocated to Carolina in 1997. During his first three seasons his goal total increased slowly from eight to 14 to 19. O'Neill rebounded from a 31-point season in 1998-99 with 25 goals and 63 points in 1999-00 then burst forth as one of the NHL's elite snipers with a 41-goal effort in 2000-01.

After leading Carolina to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history in 2002, O'Neill notched his third consecutive 30 plus goal season and fourth straight 20 plus in 2002-03. Injuries limited O'Neill offensive ouput in 2003-04, as the former OHL star had his lowest point total since the 1998-99 season.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, O'Neill was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2005. Over two seasons with the Leafs, O'Neill at times found himself on the club's top line alongside Mats Sundin and was one of the Leafs most dedicated forwards. In his first season with the club O'Neill tallied 19 goals and followed that up with his fifth 20-goal campaign the following year. It would prove to be the final season of his career as he would officially retire prior to the 2007-08 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings Minor-ON 78 56 134 190
1991-92 Thornhill Thunderbirds ON-Jr.A 43 27 53 80 48
1992-93 Guelph Storm OHL 65 32 47 79 88 5 2 2 4 6
1993-94 Guelph Storm OHL 66 45 81 126 95 9 2 11 13 31
1994-95 Guelph Storm OHL 57 43 81 124 56 14 8 18 26 34
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 2 4 6 2
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 8 19 27 40 -3
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 72 14 16 30 40 -24
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 19 20 39 67 -8
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 75 16 15 31 66 +3 6 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 25 38 63 72 -9
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 41 26 67 106 -18 6 1 2 3 10
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 31 33 64 63 -5 22 8 5 13 27
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 30 31 61 38 -21
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 67 14 20 34 60 -12
2004-05
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 19 19 38 64 -19
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 20 22 42 54 +1
NHL Totals 821 237 259 496 670 34 9 8 17 37


OHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
OHL Rookie of the Year (1993)
OHL First All-Star Team (1995) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003)
Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Toronto by Carolina for Toronto's 4th round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Reto Berra) in 2006 NHL Draft, July 30, 2005.
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