Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gord Donnelly
Gord Donnelly was always one of the biggest kids on his team growing up playing hockey in Montreal. By the time he was 16, Donnelly was playing in the QMJHL with the Laval National. In 71 games he had a goal and 14 assists while collecting 71 minutes in penalties. The following year, the team changed names to the Voisins. Donnelly appeared in 44 games before being dealt to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens with 24 games remaining in the season. In 1980-81, at the age of 18, Donnelly was sent to the Sherbrooke Beavers where he scored 15 goals and 23 assists while compiling 252 minutes in penalties. In his last year of junior, Donnelly improved to 49 points in just 60 games and still managed to find time to visit his friends in the penalty box for 250 minutes.

Selected in the third round, 62nd overall in 1981 by the St. Louis Blues, Donnelly acknowledged that one of the main things that attracted scouts was his aggressive style of play. That aggression more often than not ended up in fisticuffs.

The Quebec Nordiques obtained Donnelly's rights, and he played his first NHL game for them in the 1983-84 season. For the next several years he was usually inserted into the Nords' lineup for about 35 games a year, most often to fill in for other injured defensemen.

The 1987-88 season was Donnelly's first full year in the NHL. In 63 games he had seven points and a staggering 301 minutes in the sin bin. He had clearly distinguished himself as the team's number-one enforcer. Midway through the 1988-89 season, the Winnipeg Jets were looking for some added toughness, so they acquired Donnelly. He played three full seasons with the Jets and he scored six goals and ten assists for 16 points in 57 games during the 1988-89 season. In each of his three years in Manitoba, he easily surpassed the 200-minute penalty plateau.

The next stop for Donnelly was the Buffalo Sabres where he continued to hand out his own brand of justice. In his first season in Buffalo he recorded 305 penalty minutes. He toned that down somewhat the following year, sitting in the box for 221 minutes.

Donnelly's final NHL season was in 1994-95 when he dressed for 18 games with the Dallas Stars. He continued to play pro hockey in the IHL until 1997, when he moved to Austria to play in their Elite league. He retired following a 32-game season with Heraklith in 1999-00.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Notre Dame Monarchs QAHA
1978-79 Laval National QMJHL 71 1 14 15 79
1979-80 Laval Voisins QMJHL 44 5 10 15 47
1979-80 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 24 1 5 6 64 12 0 0 0 12
1980-81 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 67 15 23 38 247 14 1 2 3 35
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 60 8 41 49 240 22 2 7 9 106
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 5 0 1 1 14
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 67 3 12 15 222 6 1 1 2 8
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 38 0 5 5 60 -1
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 30 2 3 5 146 7 1 1 2 43
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 0 0 0 33 +1
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 42 1 5 6 134 6 0 1 1 25
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 36 2 2 4 85 0 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 38 3 5 8 103 5 0 0 0 33
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 38 0 2 2 143 -3 13 0 0 0 53
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 63 4 3 7 301 -16
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 16 4 0 4 46 -8
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 6 10 16 228 -12
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 55 3 3 6 222 +3 6 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 3 4 7 265 -13
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 4 0 0 0 11 -5
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 3 5 305 -7 6 0 1 1 0
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 3 8 11 221 +5
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 0 0 31 +1
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 18 0 1 1 66 -4
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 7 2 2 4 18
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 16 1 0 1 52 +1
1995-96 Houston Aeros IHL 73 3 4 7 333
1996-97 Houston Aeros IHL 5 0 0 0 25
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 59 3 5 8 144 4 0 2 2 28
1997-98 EC Villacher SV Alpenliga 12 0 5 5 28
1997-98 EC VSV Villach Austria 19 6 8 14 61 5 0 0 0 42
1998-99 EC Villacher SV Alpenliga 31 2 8 10 148
1998-99 EC VSV Villach Austria 23 1 1 2 44
1999-00 EC Villacher SV IEHL 32 3 6 9 106
1999-00 EC Villacher SV EuroHL 5 1 1 2 58
1999-00 EC VSV Villach Austria 15 0 1 1 63
NHL Totals 554 28 41 69 2069 26 0 2 2 61


Transferred to Quebec by St. Louis with Claude Julien as compensation for St. Louis' signing of Jacques Demers as coach, August 19, 1983. Traded to Winnipeg by Quebec for Mario Marois, December 6, 1988. Traded to Buffalo by Winnipeg with Dave McLlwain, Winnipeg's 5th round pick (Yuri Khmylev) in 1992 NHL Draft and future considerations for Darrin Shannon, Mike Hartman and Dean Kennedy, October 11, 1991. Traded to Dallas by Buffalo for James Black and Dallas' 7th round pick (Steve Webb) in 1994 NHL Draft, December 15, 1993.
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