Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Velischek
Randy Velischek was drafted 53rd overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1980. From the beginning, Velischek was a different type of player. He did not come up through the Canadian major junior hockey system but took the U.S. college route instead. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had courted him but he felt the need for an education outweighed the nomadic life of junior hockey.

When his last year of college ended the North Stars called Velischek up for three games. He tripled that figure in the playoffs as the team made it to the second round before being eliminated. The next two seasons saw him split time between the big club and their minor league affiliate. In the 1984-85 season he played 52 games and collected 13 points.

The New Jersey Devils took full advantage when the North Stars made Velischek available in the October 1985 Waiver Draft. The Devils assigned him to the Maine Mariners where he played 21 games before being recalled. From January 2, 1986 he was a regular on the Devil's blueline. He was there for the 1988 playoffs when New Jersey earned their first post-season berth. The surprising Devils advanced to the third round before losing to the Boston Bruins.

Velischek played two more seasons in New Jersey before the team traded him to the Quebec Nordiques. With the Nordiques he played one more full season before splitting time between the club and their minor league team in Halifax. Velischek did not play another NHL game after the 1991-92 season.

By October 1995 he had made stops in Halifax, Cornwall, and Milwaukee before signing with the Durham Wasps of the British league. Three games into the season, Durham gave him his release to pursue a new career opportunity with the New Jersey Devils as their radio color commentator.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 26 3 25 28 14 7 5 3 8 6
1978-79 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 39 13 31 44 47 9 3 8 11 10
1979-80 Providence College ECAC 31 5 5 10 20
1980-81 Providence College ECAC 33 3 12 15 26
1981-82 Providence College ECAC 33 1 14 15 38
1982-83 Providence College ECAC 41 18 34 52 50
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -4 9 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 2 2 4 10 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 43 7 21 28 54 5 0 3 3 2
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 52 4 9 13 26 +7 9 2 3 5 8
1984-85 Springfield Indians AHL 26 2 7 9 22
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 47 2 7 9 39 -20
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 21 0 4 4 4
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 2 16 18 52 -12
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 3 9 12 66 -13 19 0 2 2 20
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 4 14 18 70 -2
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 0 6 6 72 +4 6 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 2 10 12 42 -19
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 38 2 3 5 22 -3
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 16 3 6 9 0
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 49 6 16 22 18
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 18 1 6 7 17
1993-94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 7 11 18 28 4 0 0 0 2
1994-95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 35 3 3 6 24 12 2 2 4 6
1995-96 Durham Wasps BH-Cup 3 3 6 9 2
NHL Totals 509 21 76 97 401 44 2 5 7 32


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1982)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1983)
ECAC Player of the Year (1983)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1983)
Claimed by New Jersey from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 7, 1985. Traded to Quebec by New Jersey to complete transaction that sent Peter Stastny to New Jersey (March 6, 1990), August 13, 1990.
Released from contract with Durham (Britain) to join New Jersey Devils' Media Department, September 28, 1995.
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