Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Laidlaw
Tom Laidlaw played over 700 games as a reliable stay-at-home defenceman in the 19980s. He was an asset to his team's defensive zone coverage and was capable of jumping up into the offensive rush if an opportunity presented itself.

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Laidlaw was chosen 93rd overall by the New York Rangers after his freshman year at Northern Michigan University in 1977-78. He returned to school for two more years and was named to the CCHA first all-star team in 1979 and 1980 and the NCAA Championship all-tournament team.

The steady blueliner exhibited poise and grit while playing all 80 games as a rookie in 1980-81. In all, he spent nearly seven years on the Rangers' defence and became a leader by example on the ice. In March 1987 he was part of the package sent to the LA Kings to land veteran Marcel Dionne. Less than 18 months later he was a member of the club when Wayne Gretzky was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. He continued his consistent work behind his own blueline while feeding his forwards with crisp outlet passes. He retired early in the 1990-91 season after playing four games in the IHL with the Phoenix Roadrunners and later became an agent for a new generation of NHLers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B
1974-75 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B
1975-76 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B
1976-77 Northern Michigan U. CCHA 32 1 13 14 95
1977-78 Northern Michigan U. CCHA 24 1 7 8 95
1978-79 Northern Michigan U. CCHA 29 10 20 30 137
1979-80 Northern Michigan U. CCHA 39 8 30 38 83
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 1 0 0 0 0 10 1 6 7 27
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 80 6 23 29 100 0 14 1 4 5 18
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 79 3 18 21 104 +7 10 0 3 3 14
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 80 0 10 10 75 -11 9 1 1 2 10
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 79 3 15 18 62 -10 5 0 0 0 8
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 61 1 11 12 52 -12 3 0 2 2 4
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 68 6 12 18 103 -3 7 0 2 2 12
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 63 1 10 11 65 -18
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 3 3 4 +1 5 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 1 12 13 47 +3 5 0 2 2 4
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 3 17 20 63 +30 11 2 3 5 6
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 1 8 9 42 +4
1990-91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 705 25 139 164 717 69 4 17 21 78


CCHA First All-Star Team (1979, 1980)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1980)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Bob Carpenter for Jeff Crossman, Marcel Dionne and Los Angeles' 3rd round pick (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 NHL Draft, March 10, 1987.
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