Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sean McKenna
Sean McKenna was a useful role player who could score a few goals during an NHL career that lasted over 400 games. An explosive scorer in junior, he became a more versatile forward in the NHL for three different clubs.

Born in Asbestos, Quebec, McKenna starred in the QMJHL with the Montreal Junior Canadiens and Sherbrooke Beavers. He was chosen 56th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1980 before being returned to junior. During his last two years as an amateur, McKenna recorded consecutive 57-goal seasons and helped Sherbrooke reach the Memorial Cup tournament in 1982. After scoring 26 goals in 22 games, he was presented the Stafford Smythe Memorial trophy as the MVP of the tournament and was placed on the Memorial Cup all-star team. McKenna also earned selection to the QMJHL first all-star team in 1981 and the second team the following year.

During his first NHL season in 1982-83, he spent considerable time in Buffalo but also saw action in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. He then reached the 20-goal mark two straight years while teamed with Paul Cyr and Gilles Hamel. By the mid-1980s, Buffalo was on a downslide and started making changes. McKenna was sent to the L.A. Kings in a multi-player deal that also involved Brian Engblom and young enforcer Ken Baumgartner.

McKenna used his speed in a checking role for the Kings but the club was in decline and losing fan support. In December 1987, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mike Allison. McKenna was a part time player for the Leafs and ended up spending half his time in the AHL with the Newmarket Saints before retiring in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Asbestos Midget AAA QAHA
1978-79 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 66 9 14 23 14 11 2 1 3 9
1979-80 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 16 1 3 4 5
1979-80 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 43 19 16 35 19 15 7 7 14 9
1980-81 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 71 57 47 104 112 14 9 9 18 12
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 59 57 35 92 29 22 26 18 44 28
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 1 1 2 +3
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 4 6 5 11 7
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 10 14 24 4 -4
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 26 16 10 26 14 16 14 8 22 18
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 20 10 30 45 0 3 1 0 1 2
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 20 16 36 41 -6 5 0 1 1 0
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 6 12 18 28 -8
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 4 0 4 7 -15
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 14 19 33 10 +11 5 0 1 1 0
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 3 2 5 12 -14
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 5 5 10 12 -11 2 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1
1988-89 Newmarket Saints AHL 61 14 27 41 35 5 1 1 2 4
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 20 -3
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 73 17 17 34 30
1990-91 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss-2
1991-1996
1996-97 Windsor Papetiers QSPHL 4 0 1 1 17
NHL Totals 414 82 80 162 181 15 1 2 3 2


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1981)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1982)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1982)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (1982)
Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Larry Playfair and Ken Baumgartner for Brian Engblom and Doug Smith, January 30, 1986. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles for Mike Allison, December 14, 1987.