Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Norton
Since entering the NHL in 1987-88, Jeff Norton has been a top-flight playmaking defenceman. His crisp passes and ability to play the point on the power play made him a useful component of a number of teams over the years.

The Acton, Massachusetts native starred for Cardinal Cushing Academy in 1983-84 then was drafted 62nd overall by the New York Islanders. He played three years at the University of Michigan where he was a second team CCHA all-star in 1987. The talented rearguard spent the 1987-88 seasons with the U.S. national squad and took part in six matches at the Calgary Olympics. Following the Games, he joined the Islanders for the last part of the season and was impressive.

In 1988-89, Norton scored 31 points as a rookie but the Islanders struggled. The young blueliner played for the sixth place U.S. team at the World Championships. Norton contributed to the Islanders' revitalization the next year and scored 53 points. New York's power play was vaunted that season with Norton and Doug Crossman working the points and Pat Lafontaine hovering around the net. After they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, he joined the American squad at the World Championships.

Norton played three more years in New York with the 1992-93 season representing the peak. That year he scored a personal-best 12 goals and helped New York upset the Pittsburgh Penguins and reach the semi-finals. A few weeks later he was traded to the San Jose Sharks and was a key component of that club becoming competitive in its third season. Norton scored 40 points and helped the Sharks upset Detroit and take Toronto to seven games in the post-season. He was a key force on the club's power play unit with fellow defenceman Sandis Ozolinsh.

Norton joined the St. Louis Blues in 1994-95 and later suited up for the speedy Edmonton Oilers and the weak Tampa Bay Lightning. During this period he was not as dominant on the power play but was still useful to each team's transition game. He joined the Florida Panthers in 1997-98 but the team was in decline and opted to go with younger players on the blueline. Norton was re-acquired by the Sharks and was a fine addition with 22 points in 69 games in 1998-99. He was a solid mobile defender on the improved Sharks in 1999-2000 then started the next year in Pittsburgh. Norton joined San Jose for the third time in 2000-01 as the club became one of the most feared in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Cushing Academy Penguins High-MA 21 22 33 55
1984-85 University of Michigan CCHA 37 8 16 24 103
1985-86 University of Michigan CCHA 37 15 30 45 99
1986-87 University of Michigan CCHA 39 12 36 48 92
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 54 7 22 29 52
1987-88 United States Olympics 6 0 4 4 4
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 15 1 6 7 14 +3 3 0 2 2 13
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 69 1 30 31 74 -24
1988-89 United States WEC-A 6 1 0 1 4
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 60 4 49 53 65 -9 4 1 3 4 17
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 4 1 5 14
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 44 3 25 28 16 -13
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 28 1 18 19 18 +2
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 66 12 38 50 45 -3 10 1 1 2 4
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 64 7 33 40 36 +16 14 1 5 6 20
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 20 1 9 10 39 +1
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 2 18 20 33 +21 7 1 1 2 11
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 4 7 11 26 +4
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 30 4 16 20 16 +5
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 2 11 13 42 -7
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 13 0 5 5 16 0
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 37 4 6 10 26 -25
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 19 0 7 7 18 -7
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 4 18 22 42 +2 6 0 7 7 10
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 0 20 20 49 -2 12 0 1 1 7
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 2 10 12 20 +8
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 0 1 1 8 +4 6 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 29 0 4 4 8 -5
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 5
NHL Totals 799 52 332 384 615 65 4 21 25 89


CCHA Second All-Star Team (1987) Missed majority of 1991-92 due to wrist injury vs. Buffalo, January 3, 1992. Traded to San Jose by NY Islanders for San Jose's 3rd round pick (Jason Strudwick) in 1994 NHL Draft, June 20, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by San Jose with San Jose's 3rd round pick (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected Rick Berry) in 1997 NHL Draft for Craig Janney and cash, March 6, 1995. Traded to Edmonton by St. Louis with Donald Dufresne for Igor Kravchuk and Ken Sutton, January 4, 1996. Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton for Drew Bannister and Tampa Bay's 6th round pick (Peter Sarno) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 18, 1997. Traded to Florida by Tampa Bay with Dino Ciccarelli for Mark Fitzpatrick and Jody Hull, January 15, 1998. Traded to San Jose by Florida for Alex Hicks and San Jose's 5th round pick (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Adam Johnson) in 1999 NHL Draft, November 11, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, November 14, 2000. Traded to San Jose by Pittsburgh for Bobby Dollas and Johan Hedberg, March 12, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 18, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to knee injury vs. Toronto, December 28, 2001. Traded to Boston by Florida for Boston's 6th round pick (Mikael Vuorio) in 2002 NHL Draft, March 19, 2002.
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