Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Higgins
Paul Higgins was a high school star in Toronto whose junior and pro career was riddled with difficulties. He was a hard-nosed competitor but his talent and self-discipline on and off the ice was not up to big league standards.

Higgins was chosen 200th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1980 after a dominant year at Henry Carr High School. The Leafs opted to develop him in the OHL with the Toronto Marlboros. Higgins was a rugged competitor for the Marlies but he was unable to make an impact on the score sheet. Much of his time was spent in the penalty box.

Higgins was recalled for a few games late in the 1982-82 season then played 22 contests the next year. He even made it into one game of the Norris Division semifinal versus the Minnesota North Stars that year. Injuries and frustration mounted for the young right-winger and he ended up retiring after playing four games for the ACHL's Carolina Thunderbirds in 1983-84.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Henry Carr Crusaders High-ON 36 25 38 63
1980-81 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 46 4 4 8 178 5 0 0 0 52
1981-82 Toronto Marlboros OHL 6 0 0 0 11
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 29 3 5 8 119
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 17 -1
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 0 0 0 135 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Carolina Thunderbirds ACHL 4 0 1 1 18
NHL Totals 25 0 0 0 152 1 0 0 0 0


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