Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Maguire
Kevin Maguire's route to the NHL was somewhat unconventional compared to most skaters. He never played organized hockey through most of his teens. But, he developed enough skill in a short time to make a Tier II junior club called the Orillia Travelways. It was there that he got a real push to apply himself to the game. He did, and the results paid off.

Maguire signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization in 1984. He was sent to St. Catharines of the AHL to be schooled by ironman taskmaster John Brophy. Brophy drove Maguire into the ice, pushing him to reach higher levels until, in 1986, the player made his NHL debut with the Leafs.

At the big-league level, Maguire established himself as a hard-nosed, third-line checker who made occasional excursions onto the power-play unit to cause havoc in front of the enemy's net. And, although he didn't go looking for fisticuffs, opponents often found him a willing and capable participant.

In 1987, Maguire joined the Buffalo Sabres where he saw his most steady stretch of action. He achieved his career-best 18 points and 241 penalty minutes during his second campaign with the club. Maguire rounded out his pro career with a brief stop in Philly followed by a return engagement with the Leafs that ended in 1992.

Upon retirement, Maguire left his skates on to pursue a career as a referee. After an apprenticeship in the AHL and the IHL, he made it to the NHL in 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Orillia Travelways ON-Jr.A 41 18 28 46 139
1983-84 Orillia Travelways ON-Jr.A 35 42 77 119
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 76 10 15 25 112
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 61 6 9 15 161 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 0 0 74 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 51 4 2 6 131
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 4 6 10 162 -1 5 0 0 0 50
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 8 10 18 241 +9 5 0 0 0 36
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 6 9 15 115 -3
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 0 1 6 -1
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 9 5 14 180 -10
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 1 0 1 4 -4
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 30 11 15 26 112 11 3 7 10 43
NHL Totals 260 29 30 59 782 11 0 0 0 86


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 10, 1984. Claimed by Buffalo from Toronto in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Traded to Philadelphia by Buffalo with Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Mikael Renberg) in 1990 Entry Draft for Jay Wells and Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Peter Ambroziak) in 1991 Entry Draft, March 5, 1990. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 8th round choice (Dmitri Mironov) in 1991 Entry Draft for Toronto's 3rd round choice (Al Kinisky) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 16, 1990.