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Phil Housley

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Phillip Housley was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Housley scored 118 goals as an 8th grader at the Bantam level. He went on to star for his high school, South St. Paul High, and made the U.S. National Team at both the World Junior Championships and the World Championship. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Phil 6th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and joined the Sabres on the blueline to begin the season. Housley had a standout rookie season, scoring 19 goals and 66 points to earn a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team. Phil would amass his scoring totals in his next season scoring 31 goals and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game for. He was apart of the Sabres for eight seasons before being shipped to the Winnipeg Jets with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and a first-round draft pick in exchange for Dale Hawerchuk and a first-round selection. Housley played three seasons with the Jets. In 1992, he was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman. In 1992-93, Housley produced 97 points before being traded to the St. Louis Blues. After just one season with the Blues, Housley was apart of another “star” deal being trade to Calgary in exchange for Al MacInnis. During his second season in Calgary, Phil was traded to the New Jersey Devils. Signed as a free agent by Washington in the summer 1996, Phil spent two seasons with the Capitals, and in his last season went all the way to the Stanley Cup final before being defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. In the summer of 1998, he was picked up on waivers by Calgary and returned to play three more seasons with the Flames. In September 2001, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Housley in the waiver draft. He played the better part of two seasons with the Hawks, but at the trade deadline in 2003, Phil was traded to the Maple Leafs. Phil played but one regular season game and three playoff games before losing out of the playoffs. He played 1,495 games, scoring 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points. Phil is the second-leading scorer amongst American-born players. Phil Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Phil Housley retired with the record for most points and games played by an American-born player in the National Hockey League history.

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