Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Neil Sheehy
How does a guy who graduated from Harvard get to be known as a tough guy in the NHL? Neil Sheehy did just that and was known as a defenceman that was able to shut down some of the opposition's top players.

After four years at Harvard University, Sheehy signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in 1983 but he spent just one game in the NHL and the rest of the season in the CHL with the Colorado Flames. The 1984-85 season saw him split the year with Calgary and the AHL's Moncton Golden Flames, as well as representing the United States in the World Championships. Sheehy's next season was a career-year in points and assists while playing 22 games in the playoffs as the Flames disrupted their rival Edmonton Oilers Cup run by knocking them out of the Cup hunt in the division finals. The team pressed on to the Stanley Cup finals, only to fall to the Montreal Canadiens.

Sheehy spent another season in Calgary before being traded to the Hartford Whalers in the middle of the 1987-88 season. His time in Hartford was short lived as he was traded in the off-season to the Washington Capitals where he stayed for three seasons. He made it back to where he started his NHL career in Calgary when he signed with the Flames for the 1991-92 season and finished his NHL career with them.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Harvard Crimson ECAC 13 0 0 0 10
1980-81 Harvard Crimson ECAC 26 4 8 12 22
1981-82 Harvard Crimson ECAC 30 7 11 18 46
1982-83 Harvard Crimson ECAC 34 5 13 18 48
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 1 1 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 4
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 74 5 18 23 151
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 31 3 4 7 109 +5
1984-85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 34 6 9 15 101
1984-85 United States WEC-A 8 0 0 0 14
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 65 2 16 18 271 -1 22 0 2 2 79
1985-86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 4 1 1 2 21
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 54 4 6 10 151 +11 6 0 0 0 21
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 36 2 6 8 73 +16
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 26 1 4 5 116 -3 1 0 0 0 7
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 72 3 4 7 179 -1 6 0 0 0 19
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 59 1 5 6 291 +8 13 0 1 1 92
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 19
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 35 1 2 3 119 -7
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 6 0 0 0 34
1991-92 United States WC-A 6 0 0 0 2
1992-93 HK Olimpija Ljubljana EuroHL
1992-93 HK Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia
1993-94 HK Olimpija Ljubljana Alpenliga 23 14 23 37 89
NHL Totals 379 18 47 65 1311 54 0 3 3 241


Brother of Tim Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 16, 1983. Traded to Hartford by Calgary with Carey Wilson and rights to Lane MacDonald for Dana Murzyn and Shane Churla, January 3, 1988. Traded to Washington by Hartford with Mike Millar for Grant Jennings and Ed Kastelic, July 6, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 3, 1991.