Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Levie
Craig Levie was a solid playmaking defenceman who put up respectable numbers in NHL after dominating in junior and the minors. Following his NHL tenure he was a successful player in Europe where the larger surface and more wide-open style of play suited his game.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Levie played in the AJHL with the Pincher Creek Panthers before toiling in the WHL for three different clubs. He was chosen 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 1979 Entry Draft and became a solid worker on the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs. In 1980-81, he led the league with 62 assists and was placed on the league's first all-star team and presented the Eddie Shore Award as the outstanding defenceman in the AHL. A few months later, he was claimed on waivers by the Winnipeg Jets at the start of the next season.

Levie played 40 games as a rookie in 1981-82 then split the next season between the AHL and the minors. He joined the Minnesota North Stars in a trade prior to the 1983-84 season and helped the club reach the semi-finals. The steady backliner was picked up on waivers by the St. Louis Blues in October 1985 and went on to score a career-high 29 points for the club. The next year, he was reacquired by Minnesota to add depth then signed with HC Davos of Switzerland in 1986.

Levie returned to the NHL for nine games late in the 1986-87 schedule then returned to Davos the next year. He played three years for the Milano Devils in Italy where his puck-handling talents led to 149 career points. Levie retired after playing a game for the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets in 1991-92.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Pincher Creek Panthers AJHL 27 8 10 18 32
1976-77 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 2 0 1 1 0
1977-78 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 72 25 64 89 167 16 3 7 10 58
1978-79 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 69 29 63 92 200 7 4 6 10 11
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 72 6 21 27 74 6 0 2 2 17
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 80 20 62 82 162 6 5 2 7 16
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 40 4 9 13 48 +4
1981-82 Tulsa Oilers CHL 14 4 7 11 17
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 22 4 5 9 31 -3
1982-83 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 44 3 27 30 52
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 37 6 13 19 44 +9 15 2 3 5 32
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 37 8 20 28 101
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 6 23 29 33 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 2 2 4 8 -5
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 36 5 23 28 82
1986-87 HC Davos Swiss 6 7 4 11
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 1 1 13 +3
1987-88 HC Davos Swiss 36 5 12 17
1988-89 HC Milano Saima Italy 35 17 30 47 10 5 4 2 6 12
1989-90 HC Milano Saima Italy 40 21 32 53 22
1990-91 HC Milano Saima Italy 36 12 29 41 27 9 2 7 9 30
1991-92 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 183 22 53 75 177 16 2 3 5 32


WHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
AHL First All-Star Team (1981)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1981)
Claimed by Winnipeg from Montreal in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1981. Traded to Minnesota by Winnipeg with the rights to Tom Ward for Tim Young, August 3, 1983. Claimed by St. Louis from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Claimed by Calgary from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 7, 1985. Claimed on waivers by Minnesota from Calgary, October 7, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, March 1, 1987.
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