Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Basil McRae
While skating for the London Knights of the OHA, Basil McRae looked like a quintessential power forward who could score goals, throw checks, and win fights. In 1981, he jumped the Quebec Nordiques where, for the next six seasons, he shuttled between the minors and the majors, making stops with the Leafs and Wings as well as a second round with the Nordiques.

It wasn't until McRae signed as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987, however, that he became an NHL regular. Landing smack in the middle of what was called the "Chuck" Norris division, McRae launched himself into a boiling pot of rivalries held within the division. With the North Stars, he became a fan favourite who racked up an average of 313 penalty minutes per season, during his five-year stint with the team.

McRae prided himself as an enforcer who always worked at improving his limited skills as a two-way player. He also played an honest game, respecting the rules whenever possible. He counts himself as a success, having lasted 16 seasons as an NHLer with throngs of critics, fans, and foes left in his path.

In 1992, McRae broke his leg and was then left unprotected in the Expansion Draft that transported him to Tampa Bay. There he broke his leg again before being shipped to St. Louis where he settled in for one final big-league run. He then put in eight games with the Blackhawks before retiring in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Seneca Nationals ON-Jr.B 36 21 38 59 80
1978-79 London Knights OMJHL 66 13 28 41 79 7 0 0 0 0
1979-80 London Knights OMJHL 67 24 36 60 116 5 0 0 0 18
1980-81 London Knights OMJHL 65 29 23 52 266
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 20 4 3 7 69 -3 9 1 0 1 34
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 47 11 15 26 175
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 1 1 2 59 -1
1982-83 Fredericton Express AHL 53 22 19 41 146 12 1 5 6 75
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 19 -3
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 78 14 25 39 187 6 0 0 0 40
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 72 30 25 55 186
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 5 -4
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 69 22 30 52 259 17 5 4 9 101
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 2 2 4 193 -3
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 33 9 5 14 149 +1 13 3 1 4 99
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 5 11 16 382 -28
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 12 19 31 365 -8 5 0 0 0 58
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 9 17 26 351 -5 7 1 0 1 24
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 1 0 1 26
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 40 1 3 4 224 -8 22 1 1 2 94
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 5 8 13 245 -14
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 2 3 5 71 -3
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 33 1 3 4 98 -13 11 0 1 1 24
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 1 2 3 103 -7 2 0 0 0 12
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 0 5 5 72 +4 7 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 2 0 0 0 12
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 1 1 2 40 -5 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 12 -2
NHL Totals 576 53 83 136 2457 78 8 4 12 349


Brother of Chris Traded to Toronto by Quebec for Richard Turmel, August 12, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 17, 1985. Traded to Quebec by Detroit with John Ogrodnick and Doug Shedden for Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel, January 17, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, June 29, 1987. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to St. Louis by Tampa Bay with Doug Crossman and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (Andrei Petrakov) in 1996 Entry Draft for Jason Ruff, January 28, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 9, 1996.