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|1976 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
No. 11 overall
by Kansas City Scouts
Born March 5, 1956
Height: 5-11 Weight: 180
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Fort Erie, Ontario (Canada)
||Toronto St. Michael's||Jr. B||
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
OHA Metro Jr. B MVP: 1973-74 (Toronto St. Michael's)
Oshawa MVP: 1975-76
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
OMJHL's No. 3 prospect for the 1976 NHL draft. ... Set Oshawa record (since
broken) with 144 points in 1975-76.
| Debut: November 13, 1976 (Colorado at
Numbers: 21 (Colo.); 18 (Tor.); 20, 30
(Pitt.); 30 (Wash.); 28 (Buff.)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired June 1986
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
COL, TOR, PIT, WAS, BUF||447||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Colorado Rookie of Year: 1976-77
Pittsburgh McCracken Award (Unsung Hero): 1980-81
NHL Power Play Goals Leader: 1981-82 (Pittsburgh) (21 PPG), 1982-83
(Pittsburgh) (20 PPG)
Pittsburgh Goals Leader: 1981-82 (36, tie)
Points Leader: 1982 (6)
Pittsburgh Playoffs Assists Leader: 1982
Scouting Career: Named Washington pro scout prior to 1990-91 season and
remained in that position through 1991-92 season. ... Served as Nashville pro
scout during 1997-98 season while preparing for team's inaugural season in
Coaching Career: Named Nashville assistant coach on Aug. 6,
1997, and remained in that position into 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Was property of Kansas City organization when franchise
relocated to Colorado on July 15, 1976. ... Scored goal in his first NHL game
and scored twice in his second NHL game. ... Missed end of 1977-78 season and
1978 playoffs with fractured vertebra, an injury suffered in January 1978. ...
Missed part of 1978-79 season with knee injury that required surgery. ... Set
Pittsburgh single-game record (since broken) with four goals vs. Philadelphia
on Dec. 13, 1980. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week of Dec. 7-13, 1980.
... Set Pittsburgh record (since broken) with at least one assist in 10
consecutive games during 1980-81 season. ... Was Pittsburgh's nominee for
1980-81 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with broken jaw,
an injury suffered when he was punched by Jimmy Mann during Pittsburgh's Jan.
13, 1982, game at Winnipeg. Gardner had cross-checked Winnipeg's Doug Smail
earlier in the game, and Pittsburgh coach Eddie Johnston complained that Mann
was sent on the ice by Winnipeg coach Tom Watt to target Gardner. Mann
sucker-punched Gardner, breaking his jaw in two places. The NHL suspended Mann
for 10 games without pay as a result of the incident, which cost Gardner a
total of 21 games and a legitimate shot at a 50-goal season. ... Retired in June 1986
due to back problems.
|Post-Draft Teams: Rhode Island (AHL); New
Brunswick (AHL); Springfield (AHL); Baltimore (AHL); Binghamton (AHL);
Rochester (AHL); Portland (AHL)|
InLine Hockey: New England (RHI)
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup: 1994 (Portland) (as
Hockey News Minor-League
Player of Year: 1984-85 (Bing.),
AHL Cunningham Award (MVP): 1984-85
(Bing.), 1985-86 (Roch.)
Trophy (Points Leader): 1984-85 (Binghamton) (130 points), 1985-86
(Rochester) (112 points)
AHL Hunt Trophy (Sportsmanship/Dedication): 1984-85
AHL All-Star First Team: 1984-85 (Binghamton), 1985-86
WHA Draft Pick: 1976 (by Toronto,
No. 24 overall in Round 3)
AHL Goals Leader: 1984-85 (Binghamton)
(51 goals), 1985-86 (Rochester) (61 goals)
1983-84: Played on AHL
regular-season champion (Baltimore).
1984-85: Played on AHL
regular-season champion (Binghamton).
Coaching Career: Named Rochester (AHL) player-assistant coach on July
31, 1985, and remained in position through 1985-86 season. ... Named Newmarket (AHL) head coach on Aug. 11, 1986, and remained in position
until May 2, 1990. ... Named Baltimore (AHL) assistant coach prior to 1992-93
season, relocated with team to Portland prior to 1993-94 season and remained
in position until Aug. 6, 1997.
Management Career: Served
as Newmarket (AHL) alternate governor during 1989-90 season.
Education: Attended University of
Toronto during off-seasons of his playing days.
Miscellaneous: Played on Toronto's
charity softball team during his time with Maple Leafs. ... Missed part of
1983-84 season when he broke both heels after falling off a ladder in a
December 1983 accident at home. ... Missed part of 1985 AHL playoffs with
pulled back muscle suffered in April 1985. ... Set AHL single-season record
(since broken) with 130 points in 1984-85. ... Planned on returning to
Pittsburgh for business career after his retirement, but plans changed when he
was offered first head coaching job with Newmarket. ... Played five games for New
England (RHI) InLine team during 1994 season. ... Came out of retirement at
age 40 to play one game for Portland (AHL) while working as team's assistant coach
during 1996-97 season.
Personal: Full name is Paul Malone
Gardner. ... Son of former NHL player
Cal Gardner. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Dave Gardner. ... Uncle
of former major junior and Swiss League player Ryan Gardner.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Colorado traded Gardner to Toronto in
exchange for Don Ashby and Trevor Johansen on March 13, 1979.||
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