Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Kirton
Centre Mark Kirton was a fine skater and playmaker with a combative side that allowed him to handle the physical demands of the NHL. He played 266 games for three teams between 1979 and 1985.

Kirton played three years with the OHA's Peterborough Petes. He scored 71 points in the 1977-78 regular season then added 26 in 21 post-season games as the Petes made it to Memorial Cup. Although the New Westminster Bruins won the championship, Kirton was named to the Memorial Cup all-star team. He also won the George Parsons trophy as most sportsmanlike player in the tourney. After this fine season, Kirton was selected 48th overall by Toronto at the 1978 Amateur Draft

The young pivot enjoyed a solid year with the AHL's New Brunswick Hawks in 1978-79. In 1979-80 he made Toronto out of training camp and scored a goal in two games before being sent down to the farm. The young forward hurt his knee in his second game in Moncton and was out of the lineup for a number of weeks. Rather than hang his head, Kirton continued to work on his weaknesses and averaged a point per game for New Brunswick in 61 contests after regaining his health.

After playing eleven games in 1980-81, Kirton was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for veteran netminder Jim Rutherford. He responded well to the increased ice time and scored the winning goal twice in games against his former team shortly after the trade. Kirton ended up with 18 goals in 50 games that year for his new club then 42 points in 74 games in 1981-82. Kirton was traded to the Vancouver Canucks early in 1982-83 for Ivan Boldirev. He proved to be a useful checking pivot for the Canucks in parts of three seasons. Between 1985 and 1989 he played a solid two-way role for the Fredericton Express and Newmarket Saints before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Wexford Warriors ON-Jr.B 38 18 29 47 26
1975-76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 65 22 38 60 10
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 48 18 24 42 41 4 6 1 7 0
1977-78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 27 44 71 29 21 12 14 26 14
1977-78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 4 5 9 0
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 80 20 30 50 14 5 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 1 0 1 2 0
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 61 19 42 61 33 17 7 11 18 16
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 0 0 0 -1
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 18 13 31 24 -30
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 14 28 42 62 -18
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 1 2 6 -1
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 4 6 10 4 +5 4 1 2 3 7
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 2 3 5 2 -8
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 35 8 10 18 8 7 2 3 5 6
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 17 5 22 21 -22
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 15 5 9 14 18
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 77 23 36 59 33 6 2 2 4 4
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 80 27 37 64 20
1987-88 Newmarket Saints AHL 73 17 30 47 42
1988-89 Newmarket Saints AHL 37 4 8 12 18
NHL Totals 266 57 56 113 121 4 1 2 3 7


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1978)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1978)
Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Jim Rutherford, December 4, 1980. Traded to Vancouver by Detroit for Ivan Boldirev, January 17, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 15, 1987.
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