Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Craighead
Vancouver, B.C. native John Craighead spent three years in the East Coast Hockey League before he jumped to the International Hockey League and the Detroit Vipers. Craighead, who was born on November 23rd 1971 quickly established himself as a physical force for the Vipers racking up 653 penalty minutes in just 107 games over two seasons. Craighead's scrappy ways caught the eye of the Toronto Maple Leafs who signed him to a contract on July 22 1996.

Craighead spent the bulk of the 1996-97 serving as the St. John Maple Leafs' enforcer but did play five games with the big club. Though he was unable to score during his brief time with the Leafs, he did record 10 penalty minutes in his only time in the NHL.

Craighead spent one more year in the minors then headed overseas in 1998 to continue his career in Germany. He spent three seasons with the Nuernberg Ice Tigers then switched clubs in 2001 when he joined the Revier Lions.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Burnaby Bluehawks PCJHL 22 10 32 42 259
1990-91 New Westminster Royals BCJHL 3 0 0 0 12
1991-92 South Surrey Eagles BCJHL 13 7 6 13 38
1991-92 Chilliwack Chiefs BCJHL 25 12 16 28 116
1991-92 West Palm Beach Blaze SunHL 39 12 17 29 160
1992-93 Louisville IceHawks ECHL 5 1 0 1 33
1993-94 Huntington Blizzard ECHL 9 4 2 6 44
1993-94 Richmond Renegades ECHL 28 18 12 30 89
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 44 5 7 12 285 3 0 1 1 4
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 63 7 9 16 368 10 2 3 5 28
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 10 0
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 53 9 10 19 318 7 1 1 2 22
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 49 9 7 16 233 -2
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 13 2 2 4 73 +1
1998-99 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 34 4 6 10 144 13 1 4 5 60
1999-00 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 59 20 18 38 208
1999-00 Nurnberg Ice Tigers EuroHL 6 1 3 4 12 2 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 49 7 11 18 152 4 0 0 0 12
2001-02 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 49 10 12 22 226
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 47 5 10 15 109 +3 14 0 2 2 32
2003-04 Nottingham Panthers Britain 54 39 30 69 178 4 2 1 3 6
NHL Totals 5 0 0 0 10


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 22, 1996.
Played w/ RHI's Detroit Mustangs in 1995 (5-2-4-6-21).Signed as a free agent by Nottingham (Britain), August 27, 2003.