Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Buchanan
Jeff Buchanan played his minor hockey in Swift Current before heading to Saskatoon for the 1989-90 season to play for the Blades of the WHL. As an 18-year-old rookie, he played in 66 games, scoring seven goals and 19 points. He followed that up with a 36-point campaign the following year. Buchanan was somewhat of a late bloomer, and thus was not drafted by any NHL club. He opted to return to the Blades as an overage player in 1991-92, to further improve his overall skill level. It turned out to be a good decision. Buchanan scored 17 goals and 54 points, while maintaining his solid defensive style of play. In 22 playoff games, he scored ten goals and 24 points as the Blades made a push for the WHL championship title, eventually won by the Kamloops Blazers.

In 1992-93, Buchanan turned pro, signing a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Knights of the IHL, where he played for two years. Just a few games in to the 1994-95 season, Buchanan was traded to the Detroit Vipers. He then moved on to the Indianapolis Ice for two seasons and then spent two years in Orlando with the Solar Bears.

Buchanan finally got his shot at the NHL in 1998-99, when he played six games for the Colorado Avalanche. However, he saw very limited playing time and was held pointless. He returned to play one more year of hockey, joining the Hershey Bears in 1998-99, before opting to retire at the age of 28.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Saskatoon Blades WHL 66 7 12 19 96 9 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 10 26 36 123
1991-92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 17 37 54 145 22 10 14 24 39
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 68 4 18 22 282 9 0 0 0 26
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 76 5 24 29 253 14 0 1 1 20
1994-95 Atlanta Knights IHL 4 0 1 1 9
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 50 4 6 10 125
1994-95 Indianapolis Ice IHL 25 3 9 12 63
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 77 4 14 18 277 5 0 1 1 9
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 81 11 27 38 246
1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 61 5 20 25 131
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 7 2 3 5 6 11 0 2 2 40
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 0 0 0 6 +1
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 38 4 6 10 102 -3 5 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 6 0 0 0 6


Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 13, 1992. Traded to Chicago by Tampa Bay with Jim Cummins and Tom Tilley for Paul Ysebaert and Rich Sutter, February 22, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 25, 1998.
Officially announced retirement to accept position as Financial Consultant, August, 1999.