Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sandy McCarthy
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Sandy McCarthy played Junior C with Midland and Tier II Junior A in Hawkesbury before joining the QMJHL's Laval Titan in 1989-90. The Calgary Flames took him 52nd overall in 1991 NHL Entry Draft after hitting the 20-goal mark for Laval. McCarthy was returned for one more year of junior where he was a dominant power forward with 39 goals and 326 penalty minutes.

During the 1992-93 season, the young forward apprenticed with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL. The next year he began nearly five years as Calgary's chief enforcer. In addition to dropping his gloves, McCarthy was an effective forechecker and a solid defensive player.

Prior to the March trade deadline in 1998, the rugged forward was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Late the next year, he joined the Philadelphia Flyers to add muscle as they prepared for the post-season. McCarthy later toiled briefly for the Carolina Hurricanes then joined the New York Rangers in August 2000. During the Rangers' disappointing season, the veteran winger was a bright spot with a career high eleven goals and solid work on defence.

Coming off a career high in goals in 2000-01, McCarthy established a career high in points during the 2001-02 season with 23 and played his 600th NHL game in 2002-03. After three seasons with the Rangers, McCarthy signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2003 and went on to play a mere 37 games with the club before being reclaimed by the Rangers at the trade deadline.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Midland Centennials ON-Jr.C 18 2 1 3 70
1988-89 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 42 4 11 15 139
1989-90 Laval Titan QMJHL 65 10 11 21 269 14 3 3 6 50
1989-90 Laval Titan M-Cup 4 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Laval Titan QMJHL 68 21 19 40 297 13 6 5 11 67
1991-92 Laval Titan QMJHL 62 39 51 90 326 8 4 5 9 81
1992-93 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 77 18 20 38 220
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 79 5 5 10 173 -3 7 0 0 0 34
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 37 5 3 8 101 +1 6 0 1 1 17
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 75 9 7 16 173 -8 4 0 0 0 10
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 33 3 5 8 113 -8
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 52 8 5 13 170 -18
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 5 5 71 -1
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 5 7 12 135 -22
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 0 1 1 25 -2 6 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 6 5 11 111 -5
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 13 0 0 0 9 +2
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 81 11 10 21 171 +3
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 82 10 13 23 171 -8
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 82 6 9 15 81 -4
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 37 3 1 4 28 0
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 13 1 0 1 2 -8
NHL Totals 736 72 76 148 1534 23 0 2 2 61


Traded to Tampa Bay by Calgary with Calgary's 3rd (Brad Richards) and 5th (Curtis Rich) round choices in 1998 Entry Draft for Jason Wiemer, March 24, 1998. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay with Mikael Andersson for Colin Forbes and Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Michal Lanicek) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 20, 1999. Traded to Carolina by Philadelphia for Kent Manderville, March 14, 2000. Traded to NY Rangers by Carolina with Carolina's' 4th round choice (Bryce Lampman) in 2001 Entry Draft for Darren Langdon and Rob DiMaio, August 4, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 12, 2003. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Boston, March 9, 2004.