Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Lawless
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 40 38 40 78
1980-81 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 4 3 1 4 2
1981-82 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 24 25 49 47 9 1 1 2 4
1982-83 Windsor Spitfires OHL 33 15 20 35 25
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 6 9 15 4 -31
1983-84 Windsor Spitfires OHL 55 31 49 80 26 2 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 0 3 3 0 -5
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 8 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 72 49 48 97 14 7 5 3 8 20
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 17 21 38 20 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 60 22 32 54 14 +24 2 0 2 2 2
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 4 5 9 16 -2
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 0 5 5 0 0
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 1 1 0 -9
1988-89 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 30 35 65 58
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 0 0 0 -2
1989-90 HC Davos Swiss-2 36 8 21 29 29 10 13 13 26
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 1 1 0 -4
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 3 1 0 1 0
1990-91 HC Lausanne Swiss-2 36 26 29 55 10 10 15 25
1991-92 HC Lausanne Swiss-2
1991-92 HC Bolzano Italy 5 3 5 8 0 7 4 9 13 4
1992-93 EC Graz Austria 29 21 27 48
1992-93 New Haven Senators AHL 20 10 12 22 63
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 29 29 25 54 64
1993-94 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 71 30 27 57 112 11 4 4 8 4
1994-95 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 64 44 52 96 119 10 9 9 18 8
1995-96 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 77 27 58 85 99 17 4 6 10 16
1996-97 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 14 2 10 12 14
1996-97 Austin Ice Bats WPHL 30 11 35 46 54 6 2 4 6 26
1997-98 Austin Ice Bats WPHL 1 1 0 1 14 -3
1998-99 Austin Ice Bats WPHL 2 2 1 3 2 +2
NHL Totals 239 49 77 126 54 3 0 2 2 2


OHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1994)
Traded to Philadelphia by Hartford for Lindsay Carson, January 22, 1988. Traded to Vancouver by Philadelphia with Vancouver's 5th round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Peter White) in 1989 Entry Draft for Willie Huber, March 1, 1988. Traded to Toronto by Vancouver for the rights to Peter Deboer, February 27, 1989.
Officially announced his retirement to become Assistant Coach/Co-owner of Austin (WPHL), November 21, 1997.
Named Head Coach of Austin (WPHL), February 10, 1998.