Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Black
Since his debut with the Hartford Whalers in 1989-90, center James Black has contributed solid two-way play in over 350 regular season games. His versatility has made him useful on both specialty teams and allowed him to be interchangable with various linemates.

The Regina native first garnered attention after scoring 84 points in 41 games for the Edmonton Mets of the AJHL in 1986-87. This was followed by 30- and 45-goal seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks and selection by the Whalers 94th overall in 1989. Black registered consecutive 30-goal years in the minors before earning more NHL ice time in 1991-92. Along the way he averaged a point per game while helping the Springfield Indians win the Calder Cup in 1991.

During the early 1990s Black was a role player and farmhand with the Minnesota/Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks in September 1995. He was given more responsibility during his two years with the rebuilding club and saw duty on the power play and penalty killing units. Prior to the 1998-99 season, he was acquired by the Washington Capitals where he registered a career-high 16 goals that year and became an important defensive player through the end of the 2000-01 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Edmonton Knights of Columbus AMHL 41 36 48 84 58
1987-88 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 30 50 80 50
1988-89 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 45 51 96 57 19 13 6 19 28
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 80 37 35 72 34
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Springfield Indians AHL 79 35 61 96 34 18 9 9 18 6
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 4 6 10 10 -4
1991-92 Springfield Indians AHL 47 15 25 40 33 10 3 2 5 18
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 2 1 3 4 0
1992-93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 63 25 45 70 40
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 3 5 2 -4
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Rochester Americans AHL 45 19 32 51 28 4 2 3 5 0
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 78 29 44 73 54 10 1 6 7 4
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 3 3 6 16 +1 8 1 0 1 2
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 67 32 50 82 56
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 12 11 23 20 +6 5 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 10 5 15 8 -8
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 5 6 0 6 0 +2
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 75 16 14 30 14 +5
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 49 8 9 17 6 -1
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 42 1 5 6 4 -3
2000-01 Portland Pirates AHL 5 2 3 5 0 -1
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 29 6 10 16 10 -12
2002-03 EV Zug Swiss 18 6 8 14 4
2003-04 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 50 17 27 44 44
NHL Totals 352 58 57 115 84 13 2 1 3 4


Traded to Minnesota by Hartford for Mark Janssens, September 3, 1992. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Buffalo by Dallas with Dallas' 7th round pick (Steve Webb) in 1994 NHL Draft for Gord Donnelly, December 15, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, September 18, 1995. Traded to Washington by Chicago for Washington's 9th round pick (later traded back to Washington - Washington selected Igor Schadilov) in 1999 NHL Draft, October 15, 1998. Signed as a free agent Grand Rapids (AHL), September 24, 2001. Signed as a free agent by EV Zug (Swiss), October 7, 2002.
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