Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob McGill
During the early 1980s, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a team in distress. There need for defensemen was so urgent that they rushed many into the NHL before learning their position properly, possibly damaging their careers permanently. One such prospect was Bob McGill.

Drafted by Toronto in 1980, the 19-year old defenseman was playing in the NHL full-time in 1981-82. Trying too hard to prove his worth, McGill gave away the puck frequently and got meaningless penalties. As a rookie, Bob McGill sat out 263 penalty minutes. But a couple of trips to the Leafs AHL franchise in St. Catharines settled McGill down.

By 1984-85, he returned to Toronto full-time. His 250 penalty minutes again proved that he was no contender for the Lady Byng, but he played within his range and the maturation was noticeable. After six seasons with the Leafs organization, Bob McGill was dealt to Chicago with Steve Thomas and Rick Vaive, while Ed Olczyk and Al Secord joined the Leafs.

Between 1987-88 and 1990-91, McGill was a valued Hawk, but was left expendable in the 1991 Expansion Draft and was chosen by the San Jose Sharks. The next three seasons must have been a blur for him as he played with the Sharks and Red Wings in 1991-92, was drafted by Tampa Bay, but claimed on waivers by the Leafs the next season, then spent 1993-94 with the New York Islanders and Hartford Whalers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Abbotsford Flyers BCJHL 46 3 20 23 242
1979-80 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 3 18 21 230 15 0 5 5 64
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 66 5 36 41 295 11 1 5 6 67
1980-81 Victoria Cougars M-Cup 3 0 1 1 5
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 1 10 11 263 -9
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 0 0 0 146 -24
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 32 2 5 7 95
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 2 2 51 +1
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 55 1 15 16 217 6 0 0 0 26
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 0 5 5 250 0
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 1 4 5 141 -17 9 0 0 0 35
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 1 4 5 103 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 67 4 7 11 131 -19 3 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 0 4 4 155 +9 16 0 0 0 33
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 2 10 12 204 -7 5 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 4 5 9 151 +8 5 0 0 0 2
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 3 1 4 70 -34
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 0 0 0 21 -3 8 0 0 0 14
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 1 0 1 34 +5
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 5 0
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 0 3 3 41 -7
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 5 0 0 0 24
1994-95 8 0 0 0 6
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 8 0 0 0 6
1996-1998 Hershey Bears AHL
1998-2000 Adirondack IceHawks UHL
NHL Totals 705 17 55 72 1766 49 0 0 0 88


Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Steve Thomas and Rick Vaive for Ed Olczyk and Al Secord, September 3, 1987. Claimed by San Jose from Chicago in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Detroit by San Jose with Vancouver's 8th round choice (previously acquired, Detroit selected C.J. Denomme) in 1992 Entry Draft for Johan Garpenlov, March 9, 1992. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Tampa Bay, September 9, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September 7, 1993. Claimed on waivers by Hartford from NY Islanders, November 3, 1993.