Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jamie Huscroft
Defenseman Jamie Huscroft was among the toughest blue liners in the entire Western Hockey League when he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils. That reputation was cemented when he managed to pile up 318 minutes in penalties during his first season as professional.

During his second season, the 1988-89 campaign, Huscroft split his season between the farm club in Utica and big team in New Jersey. The next two seasons followed this same pattern with Huscroft unable to become a full time NHL player, though he did earn praise for his hard hits and ability to clear the front of his team's net.

Despite his solid work ethic, things got tougher for Huscroft in terms of making the NHL when he signed with the Boston Bruins as a free agent. He spent the entire 1992-93 season in the minors but returned to the National Hockey League when he suited up for 36 games with the Bruins during the 1993-94 campaign. The next year was the lock-out shortened year, and though Huscroft was a regular on the Boston blue line, the team decided to let him go in the summer.

This time Huscroft signed on the Calgary Flames and the rugged defenseman enjoyed the only complete season of his career. In 70 games he matched or set career highs with three goals, nine assists and 12 points. Midway through the following year the Flames traded Huscroft to Tampa Bay in exchange for goaltending prospect Tyler Moss.

Huscroft played 57 games for the Lightning over the next season and a half before he packed his bag again, this time to join the Vancouver Canucks. This was another short stay for the tough guy because he was traded once again. His seventh NHL club was the Phoenix Coyotes, who required some defensive depth and inserted Huscroft into their lineup for eleven games.

In the summer he joined his eight NHL club when he signed a free agent deal with the Washington Capitals. Huscroft played just seven games with the big team while spending most of his time in the organization providing veteran leadership to their American Hockey League farm club, the Portland Pirates. Unfortunately, six games into his second year with the Pirates, Huscroft suffered a concussion that he wasn't able to fully recover from. When doctors urged him to retire, Huscroft reluctantly hung up his skates for good.

Huscroft, who also runs a hockey school called "Hockey Excellence" in Tacoma, Washington, plans to get involved with scouting and possibly coaching his post-playing career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Creston Clippers RMJHL
1983-84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 18 0 5 5 15
1983-84 Seattle Breakers WHL 45 0 7 7 62 5 0 0 0 15
1984-85 Seattle Breakers WHL 69 3 13 16 273
1985-86 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 66 6 20 26 394 5 0 1 1 18
1986-87 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 21 1 18 19 99
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 14 3 3 6 71 20 0 3 3 125
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 0 1 1 25
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 71 5 7 12 316
1987-88 Flint Spirits IHL 3 1 0 1 2 16 0 1 1 110
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 0 2 2 51 -3
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 41 2 10 12 215 5 0 0 0 40
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 2 3 5 149 -2 5 0 0 0 16
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 22 3 6 9 122
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 8 0 1 1 27 +1 3 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Utica Devils AHL 59 3 15 18 339
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 50 4 7 11 224
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 69 2 15 17 257 2 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 36 0 1 1 144 -2 4 0 0 0 9
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 32 1 10 11 157
1994-95 Fresno Falcons SunHL 3 1 1 2 7
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 34 0 6 6 103 -3 5 0 0 0 11
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 70 3 9 12 162 +14 4 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 39 0 4 4 117 +2
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 13 0 1 1 34 -4
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 44 0 3 3 122 -4
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 1 1 55 +2
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 0 1 1 63 -3
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 11 0 1 1 27 -1
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 11 -5
1999-00 Portland Pirates AHL 56 0 12 12 154 +6 4 0 0 0 14
2000-01 Portland Pirates AHL 6 0 1 1 12 +1
NHL Totals 352 5 33 38 1065 21 0 1 1 46


Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 23, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 22, 1995. Traded to Tampa Bay by Calgary for Tyler Moss, March 18, 1997. Traded to Vancouver by Tampa Bay for Enrico Ciccone, March 14, 1998. Traded to Phoenix by Vancouver for future considerations, March 8, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 9, 1999.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to concussion vs. Albany (AHL), October 13, 2000.
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