Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andrew Cassels
Cassels was coveted by the Montreal Canadiens while playing junior in Ottawa, particularly after 1987-88 when he had a league-leading 103 assists and 151 points. The Habs had drafted him the previous summer, 17th overall, and another year later he played for Canada at the 1989 World Juniors.

The OHL's MVP in 1988, Cassels started his first NHL games the following year with the Habs but spent the majority of the year in the minors. The next year, he was back for good, but the Habs gave up on him after he managed just six goals. He was traded to Hartford and blossomed into a decent scorer, three times hitting the 20-goal mark. After six seasons in Hartford, Cassels was sent to Calgary in 1997-98 and then moved to Vancouver in 1999-00, all the while contributing offensively.

A silver medalist with Canada's World Championship team in 1996,Cassels signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002-03, after three seasons in Vancouver. Upon his arrival with Columbus, Cassels became one the team's leaders both on and off the ice and in 2003-04 surpassed the 700-point plateau for his career.

Following a lock out season in 2004-05, Cassels was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2005. However, Cassels was released by the club midway through the season.

In 16 NHL seasons, Cassels saw action in 1015 games and recorded 204 goals and 528 assists for 732 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B 4 2 0 2 0
1985-86 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B 33 18 25 43 26
1986-87 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 26 66 92 28 11 5 9 14 7
1987-88 Ottawa 67's OHL 61 48 103 151 39 16 8 24 32 13
1988-89 Ottawa 67's OHL 56 37 97 134 66 12 5 10 15 10
1988-89 Canada WJC-A 7 2 5 7 2
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 2 0 2 2 +1
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 55 22 45 67 25 12 2 11 13 6
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 1 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 6 19 25 20 +2 8 0 2 2 2
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 11 30 41 18 +3 7 2 4 6 6
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 21 64 85 62 -11
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 16 42 58 37 -21
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 7 30 37 18 -3
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 20 43 63 39 +8
1995-96 Canada WC-A 6 1 0 1 0
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 22 44 66 46 -16
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 81 17 27 44 32 -7
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 70 12 25 37 18 -12
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 17 45 62 16 +8
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 12 44 56 10 +1
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 11 39 50 22 +5 6 2 1 3 0
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 20 48 68 30 -4
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 6 20 26 26 -24
2004-05
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 31 4 8 12 14 -3
NHL Totals 1015 204 528 732 410 21 4 7 11 8


OHL - Rookie of the Year (1987)
OHL First All-Star Team (1988,1989)
OHL - MVP (1988)
Traded to Hartford by Montreal for Hartford's 2nd round pick (Valeri Bure) in 1992 NHL Draft, September 17, 1991. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Calgary by Carolina with Jean-Sebastien Giguere for Gary Roberts and Trevor Kidd, August 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 19, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 9, 2005. Released by Washington, January 28, 2006.
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