Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack O'Callahan
Defenceman Jack O'Callahan played nearly 400 NHL games for the Chicago Black Hawks and New Jersey Devils during the 1980s. He was adept at moving the puck up to his forwards and relished playing a physical game in his own end.

O'Callahan was a key player at Boston University for three years. After enjoying a solid freshman year in 1976-77, the young defenceman was chosen 96th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks at the NHL Amateur Draft. During the next two seasons he scored 77 points and was voted on to the ECAC first all-star team both years. O'Callahan was a integral member of the Terrier's 1978 national championship. He was named the most valuable player of the NCAA championship tournament and placed on the competition's all-star team. Following his senior year he was named an NCAA east first-team all-American and suited up for the U.S. team that finished seventh at the 1979 World Championships.

O'Callahan spent the 1979-80 season with the U.S. National team, which culminated in the miracle gold medal performance at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. He spent his first two pro seasons with the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL and helped the club win the Calder Cup in 1982. He was called up to Chicago for half the season in 1982-83 and did not look out of place on one of the NHL's top outfits. That spring he appeared in five post-season games as Chicago reached the semi-finals. O'Callahan played four full seasons for the Hawks and helped the team reach the semi-finals again in 1985.

When they ended up with a glut of competent defenceman in 1987, the Hawks placed O'Callahan on waivers. The New Jersey Devils picked up the veteran who helped them make the playoffs and come within one game of the Stanley Cup final. Injuries began to take their toll on O'Callahan and he was limited to 36 games in 1988-89. He retired after playing ten games for the U.S. when they finished sixth at the 1989 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Boston College H.S. Eagles High-MA
1975-76 Boston University Terriers ECAC 1 0 2 2 0
1976-77 Boston University Terriers ECAC 31 1 23 24 90
1977-78 Boston University Terriers ECAC 31 8 47 55 61
1978-79 Boston University Terriers ECAC 29 6 16 22 72
1978-79 United States WEC-A 8 0 1 1 12
1979-80 United States Nat-Tm 55 7 30 37 85
1979-80 United States Olympics 4 0 1 1 2
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 78 9 25 34 167 13 1 6 7 36
1981-82 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 79 15 33 48 130 15 2 6 8 24
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 0 11 11 46 +9 5 0 2 2 2
1982-83 Springfield Indians AHL 35 2 24 26 25
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 4 13 17 67 -6 2 0 0 0 2
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 6 8 14 105 +6 15 3 5 8 25
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 4 19 23 116 +5 3 0 1 1 4
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 1 13 14 59 +10 2 0 0 0 2
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 50 7 19 26 97 -3 5 1 3 4 6
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 36 5 21 26 51 0
1988-89 United States WEC-A 10 0 2 2 14
NHL Totals 389 27 104 131 541 32 4 11 15 41


ECAC First All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1978)
NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1978)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1979)
Claimed by New Jersey from Chicago in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987.
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