Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marty McSorley
Since debuting in the NHL in 1983-84, defenceman Marty McSorley has developed into one of the toughest customers in the game. His ability to rush with the puck and utilize a quick shot from the point has made him a prominent member of several NHL clubs.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, McSorley played OHA Junior D with the Cayuga Wings but jumped up to Junior B with the Kilty B's in his home town. In July 1982, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins while he was in the midst of a fine two-year career with the OHL's Belleville Bulls. McSorley played 72 games for the woeful Penguins in 1983-84 but spent most of the next season in the minors.

In 1985, he was picked up by the Edmonton Oilers and was an important physical deterrent when the club dominated the NHL through the regular season. The next year, he experienced the euphoria of a Stanley Cup win and contributed four playoff goals in addition to muscle. In 1987-88, McSorley scored nine goals and played in a variety of situations for the Oilers when they repeated as Cup Champs.

McSorley was part of the monumental trade of Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings in August 1988. He spent five years providing offense, grit, and a winning attitude on his new club. In 1993, he was a key factor with ten points as the Kings reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history. Unfortunately, it was a penalty called against him for using an illegal stick that changed the momentum in the series in favour of the Montreal Canadiens.

The veteran scrapper toiled briefly for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993-94 before he was re-acquired by the Kings. He later played for a series of clubs including the Boston Bruins in 1999-2000. On February 21, 2000, he made headlines by knocking out Vancouver's Donald Brashear with a high stick. McSorley was suspended from playing pro a year. Since his suspension ended he was unable to gain a contract from an NHL club and suited up with the IHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2000-01 and played 14 games before he decided to end his playing career.

Upon retiring as a player, McSorley was hired as head coach of the AHL Springfield Falcons in the summer of 2002.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Cayuga Red Wings OHA-D 27 8 18 26 92
1980-81 Hamilton Kilty B's ON-Jr.B 40 16 17 33 72
1981-82 Belleville Bulls OHL 58 6 13 19 234
1982-83 Belleville Bulls OHL 70 10 41 51 183 4 0 0 0 7
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 2 0 0 0 22
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 2 7 9 224 -39
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 0 0 0 15 -3
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 58 6 24 30 154 14 0 7 7 47
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 11 12 23 265 +9 8 0 2 2 50
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 9 2 4 6 34
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 2 4 6 159 -4 21 4 3 7 65
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 7 2 2 4 48
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 9 17 26 223 +23 16 0 3 3 67
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 66 10 17 27 350 +3 11 0 2 2 33
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 15 21 36 322 +2 10 1 3 4 18
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 7 32 39 221 +48 12 0 0 0 58
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 7 22 29 268 -13 6 1 0 1 21
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 15 26 41 399 +1 24 4 6 10 60
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 3 18 21 139 -9
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 4 6 10 55 -3
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 3 18 21 83 -14
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 59 10 21 31 148 -14
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 2 2 21 -6 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 4 12 16 186 -6
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 56 2 10 12 140 +10
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 2 3 5 101 -5 3 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 27 2 3 5 62 +2
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 14 0 2 2 36 +6
NHL Totals 961 108 251 359 3381 115 10 19 29 374


Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (1991) (shared with Theoren Fleury) Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 30, 1982. Traded to Edmonton by Pittsburgh with Tim Hrynewich and future considerations (Craig Muni, October 6, 1986) for Gilles Meloche, September 11, 1985. Traded to Los Angeles by Edmonton with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Krushelnyski for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, Los Angeles' 1st round choices in 1989 (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky) and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar) Entry Drafts and cash, August 9, 1988. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles, for Shawn McEachern, August 27, 1993. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh with Jim Paek for Tomas Sandstrom and Shawn McEachern, February 16, 1994. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles with Jari Kurri and Shane Churla for Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom, Nathan LaFayette and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 Entry Draft, March 14, 1996. Traded to San Jose by NY Rangers for Jayson More, Brian Swanson and San Jose's 4th round choice (later traded back to San Jose - San Jose selected Adam Colagiacomo) in 1997 Entry Draft, August 20, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 1, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Boston, December 9, 1999.
Suspended by NHL for remainder of season (including playoffs) for stick assault on Donald Brashear in game vs. Vancouver, February 21, 2000. Suspension extended by NHL to one full year (through February 21, 2001) as a result of asssault with a weapon conviction, October 4, 2000.