Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Osborne
Left-winger Mark Osborne was a solid two-way forward who played over 900 NHL games for four different clubs. Although he scored over 200 career goals, the hard-working winger was best at winning battles in the corners and checking the opposition's top line.

The Toronto native was a junior standout with the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers where he served as the team captain. He was taken 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 1980 Entry Draft then scored 39 goals his last year in junior. At the end of that season he joined the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings in time for the Calder Cup playoffs. This was his only minor league assignment until 1995.

In 1981-82, Osborne scored 26 goals for Detroit as a rookie. He slipped to 19 goals the next year after which he was traded to the New York Rangers in a multi-player transaction that featured Ron Duguay and Willie Huber. "Ozzie" was a consistent two-way forward for the Rangers and helped the team reach the semi-finals in 1986.

Prior to the March trade deadline in 1987, Osborne was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He helped the team come within one win of the semi-finals that year and scored a career best 73 points in 1989-90 while playing on the "GEM" line with Ed Olczyk and Gary Leeman. The good fortune did not carry over to the next season as the Leafs stumbled out of the gate and Osborne was traded with Olczyk to Winnipeg.

Late in the 1991-92 season, Osborne was reacquired by Toronto and was an effective checker. He formed a fine defensive trio with Peter Zezel and Bill Berg and helped Toronto reach the Conference finals in 1993 and 1994. Prior to the lockout-shortened season, the veteran signed with the New York Rangers. Osborne retired in 1997-98 after playing parts of three seasons with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Toronto Young Nationals MTHL 58 20 28 48 60
1978-79 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 62 17 25 42 53 20 6 2 8 31
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 52 10 33 43 104 10 2 1 3 23
1980-81 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 54 39 41 80 140 12 11 10 21 20
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 13 2 3 5 2
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 26 41 67 61 -7
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 19 24 43 83 -41
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 73 23 28 51 88 +1 5 0 1 1 7
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 23 4 4 8 33 -2 3 0 0 0 4
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 62 16 24 40 80 +5 15 2 3 5 26
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 58 17 15 32 101 -15
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 5 10 15 12 -1 9 1 3 4 6
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 23 37 60 102 -3 6 1 3 4 16
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 16 30 46 112 -5
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 23 50 73 91 +2 5 2 3 5 12
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 3 3 6 4 -10
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 37 8 8 16 59 -1
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 43 4 12 16 65 -8
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 3 1 4 8 -2
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 12 14 26 89 -7 19 1 1 2 16
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 9 15 24 145 +2 18 4 2 6 52
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 37 1 3 4 19 -2 7 1 0 1 2
1995-96 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 70 31 38 69 131 3 1 2 3 2
1996-97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 59 7 25 32 96 6 1 2 3 14
1997-1998 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL
1997-1998 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 3 0 0 0 22 0
NHL Totals 919 212 319 531 1152 87 12 16 28 141


Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Mike Blaisdell and Willie Huber for Ron Duguay, Eddie Mio and Eddie Johnstone, June 13, 1983. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Jeff Jackson and Toronto's 3rd round choice (Rob Zamuner) in 1989 Entry Draft, March 5, 1987. Traded to Winnipeg by Toronto with Ed Olczyk for Dave Ellett and Paul Fenton, November 10, 1989. Traded to Toronto by Winnipeg for Lucien DeBlois, March 10, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, January 25, 1995.
Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach of Cleveland (IHL), June 19, 1997.