Left-winger Paul Lawless played over 200 games for four different teams in the 1980s. He was a gifted scorer who put up impressive totals in the minors and had one 20-goal season in the NHL.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario was a junior standout with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. He was chosen in the first round, 14th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in 1982. After playing 47 games for Hartford in 1982-83, he struggled the next year and was returned to junior where he earned a spot on the league's second all-star team. By the mid-'80s, he was a solid role player on the improved Whalers and scored 22 goals when the club finished first in the Adams Division in 1986-87.
Lawless lost his place in the line-up early in 1987-88 and ended up skating for the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks before the season was over. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February 1989 but played only a handful of games for his hometown club. In the early '90s, he tried his luck in Switzerland, Italy, and Austria before returning to North America. He spent parts of five seasons in the IHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones and topped the 20-goal mark four straight years. Lawless retired in 1998 after playing one contest for the Austin Ice Bats of the Western Pro League.