Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alan May
Right-winger Alan May was a hard-nosed grinder who demonstrated pugilistic ability when challenged during his eight NHL seasons in the 1980s and '90s. I addition to his toughness, he was also a responsible defensive player whose plus/minus rating was always respectable.

The native of Swan Hills, Alberta, May played junior with the Medicine Hat Tigers and the New Westminster Bruins. After scoring 23 goals for the Carolina Thunderbirds of the Atlantic Coast League in 1986-87, the young forward was signed by the Boston Bruins as a free agent. He spent most of the next season in the AHL and joined the Edmonton Oilers where he also added grit to the farm team.

May's career took a turn for the better after he was traded to the Washington Capitals in June 1989. The burly winger spent nearly five years with the Caps where he checked diligently, took the body, and contributed a bit of offense with his forechecking. In 1990, his work down low helped Washington reach the semi-finals for the first time in franchise history.

Toward the end of his NHL tenure, May also toiled for the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames. He retired in 1997 after playing two years in the IHL, which included a Turner Cup championship with the Utah Grizzlies in 1996.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Estevan Bruins SJHL 64 51 47 98 409
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 6 1 0 1 25
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 32 8 9 17 81
1986-87 Springfield Indians AHL 4 0 2 2 11
1986-87 Carolina Thunderbirds ACHL 42 23 14 37 310 5 2 2 4 57
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 15 -1
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 61 14 11 25 257
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 13 4 1 5 54 4 0 0 0 51
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 1 0 1 7 0
1988-89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 50 12 13 25 214
1988-89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 12 2 8 10 99 16 6 3 9 105
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 3 1 0 1 4
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 77 7 10 17 339 -1 15 0 0 0 37
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 67 4 6 10 264 -10 11 1 1 2 37
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 75 6 9 15 221 -7 7 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 83 6 10 16 268 +1 6 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 43 4 7 11 97 -2
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 8 1 0 1 18 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 27 1 1 2 106 +1
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 7 1 2 3 13 +2
1995-96 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 4 0 0 0 11
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 17 2 5 7 49
1995-96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 53 13 12 25 108 14 1 2 3 14
1996-97 Houston Aeros IHL 82 7 11 18 270 13 1 2 3 28
1997-98 Fayetteville Force CHL
1998-99 Abilene Aviators WPHL 22 6 10 16 48 -2 3 1 0 1 9
1999-00 Lubbock Cotton Kings WPHL
NHL Totals 393 31 45 76 1348 40 1 2 3 80


Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 30, 1987. Traded to Edmonton by Boston for Moe Lemay, March 8, 1988. Traded to Los Angeles by Edmonton with Jim Wiemer for Brian Wilks and John English, March 7, 1989. Traded to Washington by Los Angeles for Washington's 5th round pick (Thomas Newman) in 1989 NHL Draft, June 17, 1989. Traded to Dallas by Washington with Washington's 7th round pick (Jeff Dewar) in 1995 NHL Draft for Jim Johnson, March 21, 1994. Traded to Calgary by Dallas for Calgary's 8th round pick (Sergei Luchinkin) in 1995 NHL Draft, April 7, 1995.
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