Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Van Dorp
The Buffalo Sabres signed Wayne Van Dorp as a free agent before the 1986-87 season. He had played the past two seasons in the Netherlands with GIJS Groningen. Buffalo assigned him to Rochester after his signing where he racked up 192 penalty minutes in only 47 games.

Buffalo included Van Dorp in a trade with Edmonton in March 1987. Over a week later he appeared in his first National Hockey League game against New Jersey. A few weeks later he appeared in his first NHL playoff game for the Stanley Cup-bound Edmonton Oilers. In just a few months at hockey's elite level, Van Dorp had a coveted Stanley Cup ring on his finger.

He didn't get another ring with the Oilers since the team traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the Paul Coffey trade. Van Dorp scored his first NHL goal against Reggie Lemelin of the Boston Bruins on December 29, 1987.

Before the 1988-89 season, Pittsburgh traded him to Buffalo. In his second stint with the club he fared no better than he had in 1986-87. Before the season ended Buffalo struck a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Van Dorp got into eight games before the season ended and 16 more in the playoffs.

He finally got a chance to crack an NHL lineup in Chicago. He spent the full season with the Hawks in 1989-90. Van Dorp got a chance to be a major league enforcer, racking up 303 penalty minutes. Even with seven goals to his credit, he was made available in the October 1990 waiver draft and the Quebec Nordiques claimed him.

A shoulder injury in the 1990 training camp limited his effectiveness. On November 21, 1990, against Hartford he re-injured the shoulder and was lost for the remainder of the campaign. He returned for another 24 games with the Nordiques. The remainder of his playing career was spent in Europe and in North American minor league teams.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Bellingham Blazers BCJHL 26 12 10 22 106
1979-80 Seattle Breakers WHL 68 8 13 21 195 12 3 1 4 33
1980-81 Seattle Breakers WHL 63 22 30 52 242 5 1 0 1 10
1981-82 SIJ Feenstra Holland 22 11 7 18 44 12 1 4 5 34
1982-83 SIJ Feenstra Holland 23 7 12 19 40 15 4 5 9 20
1983-84 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 45 19 18 37 202 8 1 2 3 46
1984-85 GIJS Groningen Holland 29 38 46 84 112 6 6 2 8 23
1984-85 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 7 9 8 17 21 10 0 2 2 62
1985-86 GIJS Groningen Holland 29 19 24 43 81 8 9 12 21 6
1985-86 Holland WEC-B 7 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 47 7 3 10 192
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 25 -1 3 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 11 2 3 5 37 5 0 0 0 56
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 12 2 2 4 87
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 1 3 4 75 +2
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 28 3 6 9 202
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 11 4 3 7 60
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 23 +1 16 0 1 1 17
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 7 4 11 303 -3 8 0 0 0 23
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 4 1 0 1 30 +1
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 24 3 5 8 109 +5
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 15 5 5 10 54
1992-93 HC Cavalese Alpenliga 14 5 12 17 62
1992-93 HC Cavalese Italy 9 1 1 2 24
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 19 1 4 5 57
1993-94 Los Angeles Jets SoCalSr.
1994-95 Los Angeles Bandits SoCalSr.
NHL Totals 125 12 12 24 565 27 0 1 1 42


Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, October, 1986. Traded to Edmonton by Buffalo with Normand Lacombe and Buffalo's 4th round pick (Peter Eriksson) in 1987 NHL Draft for Lee Fogolin, Mark Napier and Edmonton's 4th round pick (John Bradley) in 1987 NHL Draft, March 6, 1987. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton with Paul Coffey and Dave Hunter for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph, November 24, 1987. Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh for future considerations, September 30, 1988. Traded to Chicago by Buffalo for Chicago's 7th round pick (Viktor Gordiouk) in 1990 NHL Draft, February 16, 1989. Claimed by Quebec from Chicago in Waiver Draft, October 1, 1990.
Missed remainder of 1990-91 due to shoulder injury originally in training camp and reinjured in game vs. Hartford, November 21, 1990.
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