Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Maciver
As a youngster, Norm Maciver played forward, emulating his idol, Guy Lafleur. But when he learned he could get more ice time as a defenceman, Maciver moved back to the blueline at the age of 13. Small by modern standards, Maciver was unable to play a fiercely physical game, so he used his quickness, puckhandling skills, and instincts to set himself apart from his peers.

Undrafted, Maciver took the university route in order to reach the NHL. During four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Maciver assisted on 152 goals in his 155-game collegiate career, holding the team record for assists in a career. He was named an All-American in his last two years with the Bulldogs, finishing as a finalist for the 1985-86 Hobey Baker Award as well. While playing college hockey, Maciver earned his communications degree.

On graduating, the New York Rangers signed the prolific defenceman as a free agent, and he got his first taste of NHL by appearing in three games during the 1986-87 season. Maciver played parts of three seasons with the Rangers before being traded to the Hartford Whalers. Maciver was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1988, playing parts of two seasons with the Oilers before finally getting his break in 1991-92. He played the full season, but was left unprotected in the Expansion Draft, and was chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the fall of 1992.

That year, Maciver enjoyed his finest offensive season, scoring 17 goals and 46 assists. But while playing with the Canadian Olympic team after the Senators' season was completed, Maciver was caught by a check and lay prone on the ice unable to catch his breath. He was taken to the University of Ottawa's Heart Institute, where cardiologists discovered he had a bruised heart. No one had ever questioned his heart on the ice, but doctors were concerned about Maciver's heart off the ice.

Maciver made a full recovery, and played the next season with the Senators once again. He subsequently was traded to Pittsburgh in the spring of 1995, was moved to the Winnipeg Jets at Christmas that same year, and went with the Jets to Phoenix when the franchise was moved.

Maciver finished his NHL career with the Coyotes at the end of the 1997-98 season. Although he was known as a smooth skater and intelligent playmaker, NHL teams felt that Maciver's size worked against him. Ironically, it was tough former Boston Bruins' defenceman Ted Green, coaching in Edmonton, who showed the most faith in Maciver on the blueline, but he, too, eventually sought bigger men to clear the front of the net.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 45 1 26 27 40 6 0 2 2 2
1983-84 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 31 13 28 41 28 8 1 10 11 8
1984-85 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 47 14 47 61 63 10 3 3 6 6
1985-86 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 11 51 62 36 4 2 3 5 2
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -5
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 71 6 30 36 73 7 0 0 0 9
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 37 9 15 24 14 +10
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 27 6 20 26 22
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 26 0 10 10 14 -3
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 1 22 23 24 0 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1989-90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 68 13 37 50 55 6 0 7 7 10
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 2 5 7 14 +1 18 0 4 4 8
1990-91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 56 13 46 59 60
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 57 6 34 40 38 +20 13 1 2 3 10
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 17 46 63 84 -46
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 0 5 5 4
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 3 20 23 26 -26
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 4 7 11 10 -9
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 9 9 6 +7 12 1 4 5 8
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 2 21 23 32 +12
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 39 5 25 30 26 -6 6 1 0 1 2
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 32 4 9 13 24 -11
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 41 2 6 8 38 -11 6 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 49 6 25 31 48 +22 10 0 5 5 14
1999-2000 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA
2000-2003 Springfield Falcons AHL
NHL Totals 500 55 230 285 350 56 3 11 14 32


WCHA First All-Star Team (1985, 1986)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1985, 1986)
AHL First All-Star Team (1991)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1991)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 8, 1986. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers with Brian Lawton and Don Maloney for Carey Wilson and Hartford's 5th round pick (Lubos Rob) in 1990 NHL Draft, December 26, 1988. Traded to Edmonton by Hartford for Jim Ennis, October 10, 1989. Claimed by Ottawa from Edmonton in NHL Waiver Draft, October 4, 1992. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa with Troy Murray for Martin Straka, April 7, 1995. Traded to Winnipeg by Pittsburgh for Neil Wilkinson, December 28, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996.
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