Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim McGeough
From the time he began playing organized hockey as a young boy in Regina, Jim McGeough had a natural scoring talent. He consistently led his team and league in scoring year after year. By the time he was 16, McGeough was garnering attention while playing for the Regina Capitals of the SJHL. In 57 games he potted 56 goals and 133 points. He was then called up to the Regina Pats for the last few games of the 1979-80 WHL season and was on the roster as the Pats hosted the 1980 Memorial Cup. But the Pats lost three of their four round-robin contests. Their only victory was a one-sided 11-2 drubbing of the Cornwall Royals, who ironically went on to win the Memorial Cup that year, topping the Peterborough Petes in a thrilling 3-2 overtime match.

In 1980-81 McGeough joined the Billings Bighorns and had a great offensive season, netting 49 goals and 91 points while racking up 139 minutes in penalties on a tough Billings team which also included the likes of Gord Kluzak, Bob Rouse, Sheldon Currie and Monty Trottier. The team was one of the most penalized in the WHL with four players having over 200 minutes in penalties and 12 with over 100 minutes in the box. As a team they registered a staggering 2,875 minutes in the sin bin which is just under 48 hours, or two full days.

The Washington Capitals selected McGeough in the sixth round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, 110th overall. That fall he returned to Billings and had put together a spectacular offensive season, pouring in 93 goals and 159 points in 71 games. In his final year with the organization, the franchise relocated to Nanaimo and were renamed the Islanders. McGeough again led the team in scoring, although his numbers were down significantly. He scored 76 goals and 132 points in 72 games. Although McGeough had enjoyed tremendous individual success in Junior A, the same could not be said for Billings and Nanaimo in the overall bigger picture.

In 1983-84 McGeough played his pro rookie season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. He impressed the Capitals by averaging almost a point per game and the following year was called up as an injury replacement for eleven games. In March, 1985 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Mark Taylor. He played parts of three seasons with the Penguins but was never able to establish a permanent place for himself on the club's roster. Although he last played in the NHL back in 1985-86, McGeough continued to play competitive hockey right on through the 2000-01 season making stops in Austria, Britain, and several of the minor leagues in North America. He retired after the 2000-01 season after skating for the Lubbock Kings.

McGeough also played four years of Roller Hockey International in the mid 1990's.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Regina Capitals SJHL 57 56 77 133 94
1979-80 Regina Pats WHL 10 1 4 5 2 6 2 0 2 0
1979-80 Regina Pats M-Cup 3 0 1 1 6
1980-81 Regina Pats WHL 4 1 2 3 2
1980-81 Billings Bighorns WHL 67 49 42 91 139 5 2 5 7 15
1981-82 Billings Bighorns WHL 71 93 66 159 142 5 2 1 3 4
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -2
1982-83 Nanaimo Islanders WHL 72 76 56 132 126
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 5 1 1 2 10 5 0 2 2 25
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 79 40 36 76 108
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 11 3 0 3 12 0
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 57 32 21 53 26
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 0 4 4 4 -4
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 3 2 5 8 -4
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 38 14 13 27 20
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 4 5 8 -5
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 45 18 19 37 37
1986-87 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 18 13 15 28 6 15 14 8 22 10
1987-88 Klagenfurter AC Austria 34 34 18 52 52
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 30 11 13 24 28
1988-89 Klagenfurter AC Austria 44 28 24 52
1989-90 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 77 35 46 81 90
1990-91 Albany Choppers IHL 12 9 3 12 4
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 7 0 0 0 2
1990-91 San Diego Gulls IHL 10 2 4 6 4
1990-91 Nashville Knights ECHL 4 2 1 3 0
1991-92 Bracknell Bees Britain 12 15 9 24 20
1991-92 Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks ColHL 2 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Richmond Renegades ECHL 24 16 12 28 34 7 0 2 2 8
1992-93 St. Petersburg Renegades SunHL 19 17 14 31 36
1992-93 Richmond Renegades ECHL 39 14 27 41 66
1993-94 Richmond Renegades ECHL 26 10 8 18 10
1993-94 Dallas Freeze CHL 28 21 16 37 24 7 3 5 8 8
1994-95 Dallas Freeze CHL 66 50 50 100 38
1995-96 Reno Renegades WCHL 15 4 10 14 4
1995-96 Wichita Thunder CHL 31 11 20 31 16
1996-97 Wichita Thunder CHL 21 6 20 26 4 9 9 2 11 8
1997-98 Wichita Thunder CHL 68 38 39 77 78 -5 15 10 9 19 10
1998-99 Wichita Thunder CHL 27 18 22 40 24 +4 4 1 3 4 6
1999-00 Wichita Thunder CHL 37 12 13 25 30 +3 5 1 1 2 4
2000-01 Lubbock Cotton Kings WPHL 59 14 30 44 46 12 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 57 7 10 17 32


Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for Mark Taylor, March 12, 1985.