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|1977 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
17 overall by Philadelphia Flyers
Born July 14, 1957
Height: 5-11 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1975 (silver) (unofficial tournament)
CCM WCHL Player of Year: 1976-77 (Winnipeg)
WCHL Top Defenseman:
WCHL All-Star First Team: 1975-76, 1976-77
WCHL All-Star Game: 1976, 1977 (Winnipeg)
Records: Most career assists by a defenseman (276)
WCHL Assists Leader: 1976-77 (Winnipeg) (105 assists)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
WCHL's No. 2 prospect for the 1977 NHL draft. ... Played in second World
Junior Championships in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba, an unofficial
tournament that helped set stage for first official World Juniors in 1977. ...
Set WCHL/WHL record (since broken) for points by a defenseman in one season
with 121 in 1975-76. ... Set WCHL/WHL single-season records (since broken) for
points (127) and assists (105) by a defenseman in 1976-77. ... Set WCHL/WHL
career record (since broken) with 276 assists.
| Debut: October 13, 1977 (Chicago at
Numbers: 25, 5, 36 (Philadelphia); 25 (Vancouver);
24, 25 (Pittsburgh)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1988
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|1977-1987||Philadelphia, Vancouver, Pitt.||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1981 (Vancouver)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 2002 (Carolina) (as assistant coach)
Vancouver Premier's Trophy (Top Defenseman):
Vancouver Hume Trophy (Unsung Hero): 1979-80
Vancouver Captain: October 1980 until October 1982
1981-82: Played on Vancouver team that went to 1982 Stanley Cup Finals but
missed entire playoffs that year due to injury.
Career: Named Hartford assistant coach in July 1992 and remained in that
position until July 1995. ... Named Carolina assistant coach on June 22,
1999, and remained in that position until June 25, 2006. ... Named Carolina
associate head coach on June 25, 2006 and remained in that position through
Management Career: Named Philadelphia
coordinator of pro scouting and player development on Aug. 8, 1990, and remained
in that position until July 1992.
Miscellaneous: Missed most of 1978-79 season and 1979 playoffs with with
painful bone chip in hip muscles, a season-ending injury suffered during his
first game with Vancouver, on Dec. 30, 1978, at Los Angeles. Initially, the
injury was thought to be a groin problem, since the pain was felt in that
area, but it later became evident that the injury
required surgery to remove the bone chip. Vancouver general manager Jake
Milford claimed that Philadelphia had deceived him in the trade for McCarthy,
knowing that he was already injured. Philadelphia denied any knowledge of
McCarthy's hip condition at the time of the trade, but McCarthy said the
Flyers had to know because he was having his hip taped before every game.
Vancouver was unsuccessful in demanding compensation in the form of a draft
pick. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week of Oct. 21, 1980. ... Tied
Vancouver record (since broken) for goals by a defenseman with 16 in 1980-81.
... Became first Vancouver defenseman to play in an NHL All-Star Game when he
achieved feat in 1981. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with partially
separated shoulder, an injury suffered in January 1982. ... Missed entire 1982
playoffs with broken ankle, an injury suffered when in collision with teammate
Curt Fraser at Vancouver's pre-playoff practice on April 5, 1982. ...
Missed part of 1982-83 season with sprained wrist, an injury suffered in
February 1983. ... Left Vancouver with franchise record (since broken)
career goals by a defenseman (51).
|Post-Draft Teams: Hershey (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup: 1988 (Hershey) (as
AHL All-Star First Team:
WHA Draft Pick: 1977 (by Houston,
No. 48 overall in Round 5)
1985-86, 1987-88: Played on AHL
regular-season champ (Hershey).
Coaching Career: Named Hershey (AHL)
player-assistant coach prior to 1987-88 season, stopped playing after 1987-88
season and remained in that position until July 12, 1989. ... Named Hershey (AHL)
head coach on July 12, 1989, and held position until May 2, 1990. ...
Named Springfield (AHL) head coach in July 1995, relocated with team to New
Haven before 1997-98 season, signed contract extension on Sept. 9, 1998, and
remained in that position until June 22, 1999.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Philadelphia traded McCarthy and Drew
Callander to Vancouver in exchange for Dennis Ververgaert on December 29,
1978. Nearly seven years later, Philadelphia got McCarthy back when he signed
with Flyers as an unrestricted free agent on July 19, 1985.||
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