Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Laughlin
Craig Laughlin was a talented right-winger who played over 500 NHL games in the 1980s. He was a fine skater with a quick shot who topped the 20-goal mark three times in his career and was asset on the power play.

The Toronto native was chosen 162nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977 after a solid freshman year at Clarkson College. He returned to play his last three years with the school then scored 32 goals for the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1980-81. He split the next season between the Vees and the Habs but was traded to Washington along with Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, and Doug Jarvis.

Laughlin's strong two-way play and productive work on the power play contributed to the Caps' emergence as solid NHL club in the '80s. He topped the 20-goal mark three times and often worked on the same line with Bob Carpenter and Alan Haworth. In February 1988, he was sent to the L.A. Kings for defenceman Grant Ledyard. Prior to the 1988-89 season, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The club's struggles and apathy caused the veteran winger to voice his frustration in public. Laughlin retired after playing for Germany's Landshut club in 1989-90.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Clarkson Knights ECAC 33 12 13 25 44
1977-78 Clarkson Knights ECAC 30 17 31 48 56
1978-79 Clarkson Knights ECAC 30 18 29 47 22
1979-80 Clarkson Knights ECAC 34 18 30 48 38
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 2 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 46 32 29 61 15 6 0 1 1 6
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 12 11 23 33 +10 3 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 26 14 15 29 16
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 75 17 27 44 41 -7 4 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 80 20 32 52 69 +4 8 4 2 6 6
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 78 16 34 50 38 +12 5 0 0 0 2
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 75 30 45 75 43 +24 9 1 2 3 10
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 80 22 30 52 67 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 40 5 5 10 26 -8
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 4 8 12 6 -8 3 0 1 1 2
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 10 13 23 41 -22
1989-90 EV Landshut W.German 35 22 11 33 80 18 10 37 47 10
NHL Totals 549 136 205 341 364 33 6 6 12 20


Traded to Washington by Montreal with Doug Jarvis, Rod Langway and Brian Engblom for Ryan Walter and Rick Green, September 9, 1982. Traded to Los Angeles by Washington for Grant Ledyard, February 9, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, June 10, 1988.
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