Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Tinordi
Defenceman Mark Tinordi was an imposing force at both ends of the ice during an NHL career that lasted nearly 700 games. The 6'4" blueliner was a punishng hitter with a big shot from the point whose tenacious style eventually wore down his body after a dozen big league seasons.

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Tinordi played junior with the WHL's Lethbridge Broncos and Calgary Wranglers. He was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers prior to the 1987-88 season. Tinordi spent two years with the organization where he provided grit and thunderous bodychecks in the NHL and with the Colorado Rangers of the CHL.

The big rearguard's career took off after he was part of a multi-player deal with the Minnesota North Stars in October 1988. Tinordi became a bruising hitter and defensive leader on the club as it reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1991. A capable point man on the power play, Tinordi played a bit more offense in 1992-93 and responded with 15 goals. He took over from Curt Giles as team captain in 1991-92 and remained with the franchise when it relocated to Dallas the next season.

Prior to the lockout-shortened season in 1995, Tinordi was traded to the Washington Capitals to add a physical dimension to the fast skating club. He often battled injuries but was solid when healthy. Tinordi's grit and leadership was an important factor in the Caps' march to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1998. He retired after playing 48 games and battling injuries in 1998-99.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs AMHL
1982-83 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 64 0 4 4 50 20 1 1 2 6
1982-83 Lethbridge Broncos M-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 72 5 14 19 53 5 0 1 1 7
1984-85 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 58 10 15 25 134 4 0 2 2 12
1985-86 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 58 8 30 38 139 8 1 3 4 15
1986-87 Calgary Wranglers WHL 61 29 37 66 148
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 2 3 50 -5
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 41 8 19 27 150 11 1 5 6 31
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 47 2 3 5 107 -9 5 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 10 0 0 0 35
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 3 7 10 240 0 7 0 1 1 16
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 24
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 5 27 32 189 +1 23 5 6 11 78
1991-92 Canada Can-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 63 4 24 28 179 -13 7 1 2 3 11
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 15 27 42 157 -1
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 61 6 18 24 143 +6
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 42 3 9 12 71 -5 1 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 71 3 10 13 113 +26 6 0 0 0 16
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 56 2 6 8 118 +3
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 47 8 9 17 39 +9 21 1 2 3 42
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 48 0 6 6 108 -6
NHL Totals 663 52 148 200 1514 70 7 11 18 165


WHL East First All-Star Team (1987) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1992) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, January 4, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Paul Jerrard, the rights to Bret Barnett and Mike Sullivan and Los Angeles' 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 Entry Draft for Brian Lawton, Igor Liba and the rights to Eric Bennett, October 11, 1988. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Washington by Dallas with Rich Mrozik for Kevin Hatcher, January 18, 1995. Claimed by Atlanta from Washington in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999.