Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Priestlay
As a junior skater with the Victoria Cougars of the WHL, Ken Priestlay had big-league potential stamped right on the shaft of his stick. And although he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1985, he remained with the Cougars for parts of two more campaigns where he just kept getting better and better. In 1985-86, he finished the season with 145 points in 72 games.

The junior scoring ace turned pro with the Sabres in 1986-87. The moved marked the beginning of an on again-off again relationship with the NHL. In his first 34 games as a Sabre, he scored moderately well and avoided becoming a defensive liability. But nonetheless, he found himself in Rochester of the AHL to start the next campaign. The bounce between the two leagues became the norm for Priestlay's uneven career as an NHLer.

By 1990, he grew tired of the cycle and decided to join the Canadian National team where, like his junior days, he got plenty of ice time and had fire in his stick. And while away from the NHL, his rights were traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With the Pens, Priestlay gave his sputtering big-league career one last crack. He performed as a defensive specialist for 49 games during the 1991-92 campaign before heading to the minors with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, Cleveland Lumberjacks, and Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL

In 1994, the strong skating centreman took his game to England to play for Sheffield. There he put five successful seasons as the kind of scoring ace he was accustomed to being as an amateur and in the minors. He retired from hockey at the close of the 1998-99 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL
1983-84 Victoria Cougars WHL 55 10 18 28 31
1984-85 Victoria Cougars WHL 50 25 37 62 48
1985-86 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 73 72 145 45
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 4 0 2 2 0
1986-87 Victoria Cougars WHL 33 43 39 82 37
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 34 11 6 17 8 +3
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 8 3 2 5 4
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 33 5 12 17 35 -4 6 0 0 0 11
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 43 27 24 51 47
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 2 0 2 2 -8 3 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 64 56 37 93 60
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 7 7 14 14 -1 5 0 0 0 8
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 40 19 39 58 46
1990-91 Canada Nat-Tm 40 20 26 46 34
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 2 8 10 4 +5
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 13 4 11 15 6 13 5 11 16 10
1992-93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 66 33 36 69 72 4 2 1 3 4
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 25 9 5 14 34 5 2 1 3 2
1994-95 Sheffield Steelers Britain 28 55 32 87 18 8 9 8 17 32
1995-96 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 13 22 20 42 12
1995-96 Sheffield Steelers Britain 36 58 40 98 28 8 8 5 13 4
1996-97 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 10 7 12 19 2
1996-97 Sheffield Steelers Britain 34 25 12 37 24 8 4 5 9 2
1997-98 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 11 8 9 17 6
1997-98 Sheffield Steelers Britain 27 11 24 35 24 9 3 3 6 2
1998-99 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 10 4 10 14 4
1998-99 Sheffield Steelers Britain 41 19 24 43 12 6 4 2 6 0
1999-00 Powell River Regals Exhib.
1999-00 Powell River Regals Al-Cup 4 2 3 5 4
NHL Totals 168 27 34 61 63 14 0 0 0 21


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1986, 1987) Traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo for Tony Tanti, March 5, 1991.