Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Presley
Wayne Presley's father never played hockey himself, but he liked the sport enough to plunk his son onto a local rink at the age of 5. The elder Presley accentuated his gesture with an annual birthday trip with his son to see the Red Wings play at the Olympia.

By age 8, Presley emerged as one of the more talented youngsters in the Detroit area. He made the coveted Little Ceasar's team, a club that has, over the years, helped start the careers of Pat Lafontaine, Kevin Hatcher, and Al Iafrate.

Presley remained with Little Ceasar's until age 16 when he joined Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. There, Presley put up impressive offensive numbers and found himself chosen 39th overall in the1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Presley started the 1985-86 season in Chicago with high hopes. But he overdid it on the weight-gain program, arriving at training camp in chubby shape. He was soon bounced down to the minors where he reduced his weight and increased his experience.

By the following season, he was ready to rumble in Chicago again -- and this time he did, scoring a career-high 61 points. But he also finished the season with a -18 in the plus/minus ratings. As such, his game was rerouted toward a more defensive style of play. Rick Vaive and Steve Larmer scored the bulk of goals while Presley worked to slow down the opposition.

Thus, Wayne Presley--the gritty, hard-working defensive specialist--was born. From that point forward, he served as a third-line penalty killer and gadfly to opposition forwards.

From the Blackhawks, he put in a brief stint with the San Jose Sharks in 1991-92 before settling in with the Buffalo Sabres for more than three seasons. He rounded out his career with short stops in New York and Toronto before retiring as a member of the Detroit Vipers of the IHL, in 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Detroit Little Caesars MNHL 61 35 56 91 146
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 70 39 48 87 99 12 1 4 5 9
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers OHL 70 63 76 139 156 16 12 16 28 38
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 4 3 2 5 7
1984-85 Kitchener Rangers OHL 31 25 21 46 77
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 11 5 9 14 14 16 13 9 22 13
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 2 2 4 4
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 38 7 8 15 38 -6 3 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 29 6 9 15 22
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 32 29 61 114 -18 4 1 0 1 9
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 1 0 1 12
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 12 10 22 52 -13 5 0 0 0 4
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 21 19 40 100 -3 14 7 5 12 18
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 49 6 7 13 69 -19 19 9 6 15 29
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 15 19 34 122 +11 6 0 1 1 38
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 47 8 14 22 76 -29
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 2 2 4 57 +2 7 3 3 6 14
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 15 17 32 96 +5 8 1 0 1 6
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 17 8 25 103 +18 7 2 1 3 14
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 14 5 19 41 +5 5 3 1 4 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 61 4 6 10 71 +7
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 2 2 4 14 -4 5 0 0 0 2
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 42 7 16 23 80 18 0 4 4 50
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 16 1 5 6 47 +1 23 4 6 10 60
NHL Totals 684 155 147 302 953 83 26 17 43 142


OHL First All-Star Team (1984) Traded to San Jose by Chicago for San Jose's 3rd round pick (Bogdan Savenko) in 1993 NHL Draft, September 20, 1991. Traded to Buffalo by San Jose for Dave Snuggerud, March 9, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 31, 1995. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Sergio Momesso, February 29, 1996.
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