Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad Maxwell
Defenceman Brad Maxwell was a fine playmaker with a booming shot from the point who also played abrasively while tending to matters in his own zone. He was an outstanding junior and a useful player for Canada on the international stage who saw very little time in the minors as a pro.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Maxwell starred with the BCJHL's Bellingham Blazers in 1973-74. He was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1977 after accumulating 238 points in three seasons with the WHL's New Westminster Bruins. The talented blueliner helped the club reach the Memorial Cup tournament in 1975 and capture the championship in 1977. Both times he was placed on the tournament all-star team. During his last two years of junior he and Barry Beck formed one of the top "one-two" punches in junior hockey.

During the 1977-78 season, Maxwell notched 47 points but struggled defensively along with the rest of his team. Following the season, he represented Canada at the World Championships. The next year, his point total dropped slightly but his play in his own zone improved dramatically. Maxwell's two-way excellence became a key factor in the Stars' rise to prominence late in the decade. In 1981, he contributed leadership and offensive spark when the club reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.

During the prime of his career in the early '80s, Maxwell played for Canada at the 1982 World Championships and set a personal high with 73 points in 1983-84. The next season, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques where he helped his new team reach the semi-finals. Following the season he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for John Anderson. Maxwell provided leadership and creative work on the power play as the Leafs returned to the post-season and came within a game of reaching the semi-finals. He retired in 1987 after splitting the year between the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and the North Stars.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Bellingham Blazers BCJHL 61 20 37 57 132
1974-75 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 69 13 47 60 124 18 7 13 20 33
1974-75 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 3 0 5 5 8
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 72 19 80 99 239 17 3 12 15 86
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 4 1 3 4 29
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 70 21 58 79 205 14 7 15 22 39
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 2 4 6 6
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 18 29 47 100 -57
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 2 1 3 12
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 9 28 37 145 -13
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 2 0 1 1 21
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 4 1 0 1 8
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 58 7 30 37 126 +9 11 0 8 8 20
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 3 0 1 1 2
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 27 3 13 16 98 -1 18 3 11 14 35
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 51 10 21 31 96 +6 4 0 3 3 13
1981-82 Canada WEC-A 7 0 0 0 10
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 11 28 39 157 -1 9 5 6 11 23
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 19 54 73 225 -7 16 2 11 13 40
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 18 3 7 10 53 -8
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 7 24 31 119 +22 18 2 9 11 35
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 8 18 26 108 -27 3 0 1 1 12
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 1 7 8 28 -9
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 4 4 6 -1
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 17 2 7 9 31 +3
NHL Totals 612 98 270 368 1292 79 12 49 61 178


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1975, 1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984) Traded to Quebec by Minnesota with Brent Ashton for Tony McKegney and Bo Berglund, December 14, 1984. Traded to Toronto by Quebec for John Anderson, August 21, 1985. Traded to Vancouver by Toronto for Vancouver's 5th round pick (Len Esau) in 1988 NHL Draft, October 3, 1986. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Vancouver, January 20, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for future considerations, February 21, 1987.
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