Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jay Wells
Jay Wells had the reputation for being a rugged defensive stalwart while playing three years of junior hockey with the Kingston Canadians from 1976 to 1979 and his qualities were something the L.A. Kings were in dire need of for their weak defense. The Kings selected Wells with their 1st-round pick, 16th overall in 1979. Wells would spend the next nine NHL seasons clearing the front of the Kings' crease with great success before moving on to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he played two seasons.

He then had a two-year stopover with the Buffalo Sabres before heading on to the bright lights of Broadway where he suited up for the New York Rangers for four years. The highlight of his career came in 1994 when, as a member of the Rangers, he helped the club end a 54-year drought, winning the Stanley Cup in a hard-fought, seven-game series against the Vancouver Canucks.

The best individual season for Wells came in 1985-86 as a member of the Kings, when he scored eleven goals and 31 assists for 42 points. Even more impressive was he was able to produce his highest offensive scoring output while also spending 226 minutes in the penalty box, also a single-season career high.

Wells spent the 1995-96 season in St. Louis, playing 76 games for the Blues. At the age of 37, Wells returned for one more season, suiting up for the Tampa Bay Lightning for 21 games. With his veteran leadership and vast experience, the Lightning wanted him to help tutor some of the club's young, up-and-coming defenseman.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Preston Raiders OHA-B 20 2 10 12
1976-77 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 59 4 7 11 90 14 1 1 2 20
1977-78 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 68 9 13 22 195 5 1 2 3 6
1978-79 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 48 6 21 27 100 11 2 7 9 29
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 43 0 0 0 113 -22 4 0 0 0 11
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 28 0 6 6 48
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 5 13 18 155 +9 4 0 0 0 27
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 1 8 9 145 +2 10 1 3 4 41
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 3 12 15 167 +11
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 3 18 21 141 -10
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 2 9 11 185 +4 3 0 1 1 0
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 11 31 42 226 +7
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 0 2 2 16
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 7 29 36 155 -19 5 1 2 3 10
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 2 23 25 159 -3 5 1 2 3 21
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 2 19 21 184 -3 18 0 2 2 51
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 3 16 19 129 +4
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 1 0 +1 6 0 0 0 12
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 43 1 2 3 86 -18 1 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 2 9 11 157 -3
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 11 0 0 0 24 +2 13 0 2 2 10
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 53 1 9 10 107 -2
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 79 2 7 9 110 +4 23 0 0 0 20
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 43 2 7 9 36 0 10 0 0 0 8
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 0 3 3 67 -8 12 0 1 1 2
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 21 0 0 0 13 -3
1997-1998 Portland Pirates AHL
1998-2000 Hershey Bears AHL
NHL Totals 1098 47 216 263 2359 114 3 14 17 213


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1979) Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles for Doug Crossman, September 29, 1988. Traded to Buffalo by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Peter Ambroziak) in 1991 Entry Draft for Kevin Maguire and Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Mikael Renberg) in 1990 Entry Draft, March 5, 1990. Traded to NY Rangers by Buffalo for Randy Moller, March 9, 1992. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for Doug Lidster, July 31, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 3, 1996.