Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Kruse
Left-winger Paul Kruse used his good size to carve a niche for himself as a gritty forward in the NHL. He played solid defense while working tirelessly along the boards and in the corners wearing down the opposition.

Born in Merrit, B.C., Kruse played junior with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL from 1988 to 1990. He was selected 83rd overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He spent most of his first three pro seasons with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL but did see action in 44 games for Calgary in the span.

Kruse joined the Flames on a regular basis in 1993-94 adding an important physical dimension to a team that finished with 95 points. Oddly enough, he set a personal high with eleven goals in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. He continued to play a gritty style for the Flames until he was traded to the New York Islanders in November 1996. He joined the Buffalo Sabres late in the1997-98 schedule and was a useful grinder until losing his place on the roster early in 1999-2000.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Merritt Bantam Reps Minor-BC
1986-87 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 35 8 15 23 120
1987-88 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 44 12 32 44 223 4 1 4 5 18
1987-88 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Kamloops Blazers WHL 68 8 15 23 209 16 0 0 0 36
1989-90 Kamloops Blazers WHL 67 22 23 45 291 17 3 5 8 79
1989-90 Kamloops Blazers M-Cup 3 1 2 3 8
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 7 -1
1990-91 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 83 24 20 44 313 4 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 16 3 1 4 65 +1
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 57 14 15 29 267 5 1 2 3 19
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 27 2 3 5 41 +2
1992-93 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 35 1 4 5 206
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 68 3 8 11 185 -6 7 0 0 0 14
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 45 11 5 16 141 +13 7 4 2 6 10
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 75 3 12 15 145 -5 3 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 14 2 0 2 30 -4
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 48 4 2 6 111 -5
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 62 6 1 7 138 -12
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 1 1 2 49 +1 1 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 43 3 0 3 114 0 10 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 0 0 0 43 -2
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 44 10 13 23 71 +13 5 0 3 3 28
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 0 5 0
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 71 8 12 20 180 -10 16 2 3 5 22
2001-02 Sheffield Steelers Britain 44 12 16 28 152 8 2 2 4 20
2002-03 Bracknell Bees Britain
NHL Totals 423 38 33 71 1074 28 5 2 7 36


Traded to NY Islanders by Calgary for Colorado's 3rd round pick (previously acquired by NY Islanders - later traded to Hartford - Hartford selected Francis Lessard) in 1997 NHL Draft, November 27, 1996. Traded to Buffalo by NY Islanders with Jason Holland for Jason Dawe, March 24, 1998. Loaned to Utah (IHL) by Buffalo after clearing NHL waivers, January 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, September 10, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Sheffield (Britain), September 20, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Belfast (Britain), August 8, 2002.
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