Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Purves
The 103 rd pick overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, John Purves attended the Washington Capitals training camp in the fall of 1988. While he didn't make the team he did take back information on areas of his game to improve. John must have taken the information to heart as he recorded 102 points in just 47 games. He didn't make the team in the 1989 training camp and was left behind when the Capitals left for a pre-season European tour. At the end of camp he was assigned to his first professional team in Baltimore.

Even though he recorded 64 points in his AHL rookie campaign Purves still wound up with the Skipjacks at the beginning of the 1990-91 season. Shortly after the season began the Capitals lost Alan May and Dino Ciccarelli to injuries which forced the forward depleted Washington team to call up John Purves. He made his debut in Calgary on September 27, 1990.His coach, Terry Murray, described his play as being tentative and flatfooted at times. John agreed by saying, "It' s definitely faster. It' s a given that it would be quicker skating-wise, but it is also two steps quicker in terms of reaction time. You can' t stand still. You've got to be moving all the time and anticipating the play." Purves almost had his first point in Vancouver but had a Canuck touched the puck before the Capitals recovered for the goal.

His first point came on November 3 in Uniondale while facing the Islanders. A goal mouth scramble resulted in the puck deflecting off the right wing and past Glenn Healy for Purves' first and only NHL goal. John Purves returned to the minors in mid-November when the Capitals sick bay emptied. He was called up in January 1992 for an exhibition game between the Capitals and Team USA before the 1992 Winter Olympics. After the season he departed for a team in Germany and a greater paycheck than the AHL offered. Purves returned in 1993 to play in the International Hockey League and was there until it folded in 2001. John " Never Nervous" Purves moved to the American Hockey League Utah Grizzlies for the 2001-02 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 North York Rangers MTHL 40 24 35 59 58
1984-85 Belleville Bulls OHL 55 15 14 29 39
1985-86 Belleville Bulls OHL 16 3 9 12 6
1985-86 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 36 13 28 41 36
1986-87 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 28 12 11 23 37 9 2 0 2 12
1987-88 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 64 39 44 83 65 14 7 18 25 4
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 5 5 11 16 2
1988-89 North Bay Centennials OHL 42 34 52 86 38 12 14 12 26 16
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 75 29 35 64 12 9 5 7 12 4
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 7 1 0 1 0 -3
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 53 22 29 51 27 6 2 3 5 0
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 78 43 46 89 47
1992-93 ESV Kaufbeuren Germany 43 15 17 32 34
1993-94 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 69 38 48 86 29 18 10 14 24 12
1994-95 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 60 30 33 63 16 4 4 1 5 6
1995-96 San Francisco Spiders IHL 75 56 49 105 32 4 0 3 3 0
1996-97 Kansas City Blades IHL 66 25 47 72 17 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 21 6 10 16 9 -10
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 59 22 21 43 12 -26
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 80 24 39 63 24 -7
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 78 36 27 63 40 +3 5 1 0 1 2
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 78 22 36 58 32 0
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 57 14 18 32 28 -5 5 2 0 2 0
2002-03 Nottingham Panthers Britain
NHL Totals 7 1 0 1 0


OHL Second All-Star Team (1989)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1996)
Signed as a free agent by Notingham (Britain), September 5, 2002.