Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Finley
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Jeff Finley scored 186 points during his last three years of junior with the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. In 1987 he tied for the league with 21 assists in the post-season. The young blueliner was drafted 55th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders and began his pro career in 1987-88. The majority of Finley's first four seasons with the Isles was spent in the AHL where he helped the Springfield Indians win the Calder Cup in 1990. He played 51 games in the NHL in 1991-92 but was relegated to the minors the following season.

Finley was traded to the Ottawa Senators in June 1993 but couldn't come to terms with his new team and ended up signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers a month later. He played 55 games for the Flyers in 1993-94 then spent another year in the minors before he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for Russ Romaniuk. Finley added stability to the Jets' defence his first year and did the same in 1996-97 when the franchise relocated to Phoenix. He signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent in August 1997 and played 63 games on Broadway that year.

In February 1999 the veteran blueliner was traded to the St. Louis Blues and found an element of stability at this late stage in his career. Finley's steady play suited the Blues just fine as they had the likes of Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis to provide offensive spark from the blueline. He was a factor when the team won the President's Trophy in 1999-2000 then helped them reach the Stanley Cup semi-finals the next season.

In 2003-04 Finley entered his 18th NHL season and his sixth with the Blues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Summerland Buckaroos BCJHL 49 0 21 21 14
1983-84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 5 0 0 0 5 5 0 1 1 4
1984-85 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 69 6 44 50 57 6 1 2 3 2
1985-86 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 11 59 70 83 15 1 7 8 16
1985-86 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 2 2 2
1986-87 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 13 53 66 113 20 1 21 22 27
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 10 0 5 5 15 +5 1 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 52 5 18 23 50
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 4 0 0 0 6 +1
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 65 3 16 19 55
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 11 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 2 2 2
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 57 1 15 16 41 13 1 4 5 23
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 11 0 0 0 4 -1
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 67 10 34 44 34
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 51 1 10 11 26 -6
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 20 1 9 10 6
1992-93 Capital District Islanders AHL 61 6 29 35 34 4 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 1 8 9 24 +16
1994-95 Hershey Bears AHL 36 2 9 11 33 6 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 65 1 5 6 81 -2 6 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 14 3 12 15 22
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 65 3 7 10 40 -8 1 0 0 0 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 63 1 6 7 55 -3
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1998-99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 42 2 10 12 28 +16
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 1 2 3 20 +12 13 1 2 3 8
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 2 8 10 38 +26 7 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Canada WC-A 7 1 1 2 0 0
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 2 8 10 38 +7 2 0 0 0 0
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 0 6 6 30 +12 10 0 0 0 8
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 1 3 4 46 -2 6 0 0 0 6
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 0 1 1 34 -9 1 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 708 13 70 83 457 52 1 6 7 38


Rights traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders for Chris Luongo, June 30, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 30, 1993. Traded to Winnipeg by Philadelphia for Russ Romaniuk, June 27, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 18, 1997. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Geoff Smith for future considerations (Chris Kenady, February 22, 1999), February 13, 1999.
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