Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Maxwell
Kevin Maxwell was a feisty 5'9" center who could score and wouldn't back down in the face of larger opponents. In addition to a part time career with two NHL franchises, he was a top scorer in college, on the Canadian national team and in the minors.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Maxwell scored 31 goals in 42 games at the University of North Dakota in 1978-79. His solid performance earned him a place on the WCHA first all-star team and the NCAA west first all-american squad. Maxwell's year was capped off by his selection 63rd overall by Minnesota at the 1979 Entry Draft.

The young pivot committed to the Canadian national team for the 1979-80 season and registered five assists in six games at the Lake Placid Olympics. He played six games as an NHL rookie the next year but spent the bulk of his time on the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars. In 1981-82, Maxwell played well in 12 games for Minnesota before he was sent to the Colorado Rockies for cash. The North Stars were too deep at centre with the likes of Bobby Smith, Neal Broten, Tim Young and Anders Hakannson.

Maxwell played a solid checking role on the Rockies in the last 34 games of the schedule and remained with the franchise when it relocated to New Jersey. He scored 24 goals for the CHL's Wichita Wind in 1982-83 then dressed for 14 games in Jersey the next year. He was eventually sent down part way through the 1983-84 season and was a gritty two way center in the AHL before retiring in 1988. Highlights of this period including winning a Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1984 and scoring 36 goals during his last pro season with the Hershey Bears in 1987-88.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Penticton Vees BCJHL 67 63 82 145 135
1977-78 Penticton Vees BCJHL 43 53 65 118 101
1978-79 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 31 51 82 79
1979-80 Canada Nat-Tm 57 25 46 71 28
1979-80 Canada Olympics 6 0 5 5 4
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 0 2 2 8
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 6 0 3 3 7 -1 16 3 4 7 24
1980-81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 31 8 13 21 38
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 1 4 5 8 -1
1981-82 Nashville South Stars CHL 5 4 2 6 6
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 34 5 5 10 44 -16
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 68 24 41 65 47
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 0 3 3 2 -9
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 56 21 27 48 59 17 5 11 16 36
1984-85 Maine Mariners AHL 52 25 21 46 70 11 7 7 14 4
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 49 14 17 31 77 5 2 1 3 9
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 56 12 20 32 139 3 1 0 1 30
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 77 36 49 85 55 12 3 5 8 20
NHL Totals 66 6 15 21 61 16 3 4 7 24


WCHA First All-Star Team (1979)
WCHA Freshman of the Year (1979)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1979)
Traded to Colorado by Minnesota with the rights to Jim Dobson for cash, December 31, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982.
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