Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jimmy Waite
Goalie Jimmy Waite was a first-round draft pick, 8th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1987 NHL entry draft. Many scouts and hockey fans believed he would one day be among the premier goaltenders of the NHL. However, after 13 years as a professional, Waite has appeared in but 106 NHL games. Despite his goals against average of almost 5.00 in each of his two junior seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, scouts remained high on Waite, attributing the high average to the nature of the Quebec Junior Hockey League and its penchant for high scoring games. This was the league after all, which saw Mario Lemieux score 133 goals and 149 assists for 282 points in his final year in Laval. Several other QMJHL stars have also eclipsed the century mark in goals for a season.

Unfortunately for Waite, the Chicago Blackhawks were deep in goal with Ed Belfour and Dominik Hasek in the late 1980s and early '90s. That left Waite relegated to the minors. In fact, he saw just 16 games of NHL action in his first three seasons. The majority of his time was spent with the Saginaw Hawks and the Indianapolis Ice of the American Hockey League.

Now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs' farm system, Waite has toiled the past two seasons in goal for the St. John's Maple Leafs, posting a 12-25-4 mark with a 3.24 GAA and a .899 save percentage in 43 games. He has not played an NHL game since the 1998-99 season when he started 16 games for the Phoenix Coyotes.

He considers winning the World Junior Hockey championships in 1988 his greatest hockey accomplishment. His childhood hero growing up was Ken Dryden, so it seems fitting that he is now his boss.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1984-85 Cantons de l'Est Cantonniers QAAA 10 6 4 0 0 5.22 3 2 1 0 0 6.29
1985-86 Cantons de l'Est Cantonniers QAAA 27 11 15 1 0 5.22 2 0 2 0 0 6.60
1986-87 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 50 23 18 3 2 4.88 11 4 5 0 0 5.63
1986-87 Canada WJC-A 4 3.27
1987-88 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 36 17 17 1 0 4.50 4 1 2 0 0 4.60
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 6 1 0 0 2.29
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 0 7 1 0 5.22
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 5 3 1 0 0 1.97
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 2 0 0 0 4.59
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 54 34 14 5 5 2.53 10 9 1 1 1.89
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 49 26 18 4 3 3.47 6 2 4 0 3.25
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 17 4 7 4 0 3.69
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 13 4 7 1 0 4.53
1991-92 Hershey Bears AHL 11 6 4 1 0 4.18 6 2 4 0 3.17
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 6 7 1 2 2.95
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 15 3 7 0 0 4.30 2 0 0 0 4.50
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 1 1 0 0 2.52
1994-95 Indianapolis Ice IHL 4 2 1 1 0 3.25
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 56 28 18 6 0 3.40 5 2 3 1 3.02
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 1 1 0 4.00
1996-97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 41 22 15 4 4 2.74 4 1 3 0 3.51
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 5 6 1 1 2.12 4 0 3 0 3.86
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 16 6 5 4 1 2.74
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 8 3 4 1 0 2.36 2 0 2 0 3.05
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 11 6 3 2 0 2.89
1999-00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 20 37 4 6 3.05
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 43 12 25 4 1 3.24
2001-02 ESC Moskitos Essen Germany 58 3 3.02
2002-03 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 52 6 2.37
2003-04 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 49 8 1.99 9 1 2.79
2004-05 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 42 8 2.25 11 1 2.63
2005-06 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 50 5 2.21 7 1 2.58
2006-07 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 47 2 2.60 6 0 3.35
NHL Totals 106 28 41 12 4 3.34 6 0 3 0 3.98


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1987)
QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1987)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1988)
Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1988)
IHL First All-Star Team (1990)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1990)
Traded to San Jose by Chicago for future considerations (Neil Wilkinson, July 9, 1993), June 18, 1993. Traded to Chicago by San Jose for Chicago's 4th round choice (later traded to NY Rangers - NY Rangers selected Tomi Kallarsson) in 1997 Entry Draft, February 5, 1995. Claimed by Phoenix from Chicago in Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 19, 1999.