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Brian Lawton
Selected in first round
No. 1 overall by Minnesota North Stars

Born June 29, 1965
Position: Center
Height: 6-0   Weight: 178
Last Team: Mount St. Charles (R.I. High School) 
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA)
Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1979-80 Mt. St. CharlesR.I. H.S. ---- ---- --
1980-81 Mt. St. CharlesR.I. H.S. ---- ---- -
1981-82 Mt. St. CharlesR.I. H.S. 2645 4388 --
1982-83 Mt. St. CharlesR.I. H.S. 2340 4383 --

World Championships:
1983 (first place, Pool B)
World Junior Championships: 1983 (fifth place)
Rhode Island High School Championship: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 (Mount St. Charles)
USA TODAY R.I. High School Athlete of Year: 1982-83 (MSC)
R.I. High School All-State First Team: 1981-82, 1982-93 (MSC)
Mount St. Charles Co-Captain: 1982-83
Rhode Island H.S. Points Leader: 1981-82 (MSC) (88 points),
1982-83 (MSC) (83 points)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 1 overall prospect for the 1983 NHL draft. ... Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No. 5 overall prospect for the 1983 NHL draft. ... Drafted by Verdun in 1982 QMJHL midget draft. ... Played for Team USA at 1983 World Championships Pool B tournament in Tokyo. ... Signed letter of intent to play at Providence College during senior year of high school, but changed his mind and decided to enter pro hockey after becoming first American player drafted into NHL No. 1 overall. ... Graduated from Mount St. Charles with a 3.2 GPA. ... Mount St. Charles teams went 121-3-2 during Lawton's four years at the school. ... Grew up in suburban Rhode Island while his father, Richard Lawton, worked in press room of the Providence Journal-Bulletin newspaper.
Debut: October 5, 1983 (Minnesota at Los Angeles)
Numbers:  98, 8, 11 (Minnesota); 17 (N.Y. Rangers); 7 (Hartford);
17 (Quebec); 29 (Boston); 9 (San Jose)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 1993
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1983-1992 Minnesota, NYR, Hart.,
Quebec, Boston, S.J.
483 112154 266401
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1984-1989 Minnesota, Hartford11 11 212

Minnesota WTCN-TV Trophy (Rookie of Year):
Minnesota KSTP-Radio Trophy (Most Improved): 1986-87
Minnesota Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1986-87 (plus-20)
Minnesota/Dallas Records: Fastest two goals by a rookie (19 seconds vs. Chicago on Nov. 5, 1983)
1989-90: Played eight regular-season games for Boston team that went to Stanley Cup Finals, but was not with team during postseason.
1991-92: Played on first San Jose Sharks team.
Miscellaneous: Was first U.S.-born and trained player to be drafted No. 1 overall at an NHL amateur or entry draft. ... Missed parts of 1983-84 season with slightly separated shoulder, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Dec. 7, 1983, game vs. Detroit, and with stretched knee ligaments, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Jan. 27, 1984, game at St. Louis. He did not return from knee injury until Minnesota's Feb. 29, 1984, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of Minnesota's 1984 training camp with shoulder injury, suffered in October 1984. ... Began playing left wing as well as center for Minnesota in 1985-86 season and spent majority of his remaining NHL years at left wing. ... Missed part of Minnesota's 1987 training camp with right knee injury, suffered at Team USA practice for Canada Cup on Aug. 26, 1987. The injury required arthroscopic surgery. ... Missed parts of 1987-88 season with broken thumb, an injury suffered in October 1987, and with bruised ribs, an injury suffered when he collided with teammate Frantisek Musil during Minnesota's Feb. 24, 1988, game at Toronto. ... Played on line with Guy Lafleur for N.Y. Rangers in 1988-89. ... Lost two teeth and suffered 12-stitch gash over left eye when he was hit by Perry Anderson's stick during Hartford's Jan. 27, 1989, game at New Jersey. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with broken left wrist, an injury suffered when he was slashed by Robert Picard during Hartford's Jan. 28, 1989, game vs. Quebec. He did not return to action until Hartford's Feb. 9, 1989, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed remainder of 1988-89 regular season and start of 1989 playoffs with sprained ankle, an injury suffered when he crashed into the boards during Hartford's March 25, 1989, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of Hartford's 1989 training camp with cracked bone in left foot, an injury suffered in September 1989. ... Placed on waivers by Hartford and claimed by Quebec on Dec. 1, 1989. ... Released by Quebec on Feb. 1, 1990. He signed with Boston as an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 6, 1990. ... Signed with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent on July 27, 1990, but never played for parent team. ... Signed with San Jose as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 9, 1991. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with foot injury, suffered during San Jose's Oct. 4, 1991, season-opener at Vancouver -- the first game in San Jose Sharks history. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with knee injury, suffered during San Jose's Nov. 26, 1991, game vs. Vancouver. He did not return to action until Dec. 16, 1991, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Was Sharks team representative to NHLPA in 1991-92. ... Traded by San Jose to New Jersey for future considerations on Jan. 22, 1993, but never played for parent team.
Lawton Leaves Minnesota: During his five seasons in Minnesota, Lawton failed to live up to expectations the team invested in him as a No. 1 overall draft pick. Lawton, for his part, was upset that the North Stars had not given him more ice time as a rookie -- instead thinking he could be brought along at a slow pace. His relationship with the North Stars soured over the years, and finally came to a head at the end of the team's 1988 training camp, when he failed to make the roster for the 1988-89 season. When Minnesota attempted to send him to Kalamazoo of the IHL, Lawton rebelled. He refused to report to the minors and said he would retire if the North Stars didn't trade him. On Oct. 8, 1988, the team suspended Lawton for refusing his minor league assignment, but just three days later, they granted his wish by trading him to the New York Rangers in a multiplayer deal. "This is a happy day for me," Lawton told The Hockey News at the time of the trade. "I'm very thankful they moved me and moved me quickly."
Brian Lawton, Player Agent: Having been San Jose's first team representative to the National Hockey League Players Association, Lawton knew about the business side of hockey when he retired. He put that knowledge to use in his next career as a player agent, which he began right after finishing his studies at the University of Minnesota in 1993. Early on, he ran Lawton Sport and Financial, working with friends and ex-teammates as clients. After earning official certification in 1996, Lawton quickly became a prominent agent, working in a partnership with agent Mike Liut. Lawton eventually sold his business to Octagon Athlete Representation, one of the United States' largest sports agencies. Based out of Minneapolis, Lawton became the head of Octagon's hockey division. His personal experience helps make him a trusted advisor to his dozens of clients, including David Tanabe, R.J. Umberger, Mark Parrish, Dave Scatchard, Adrian Aucoin, Barrett Heisten and Deron Quint. He has also represented Brian Bellows, Sergei Fedorov, Jim Carey, Bret Hedican, Oleg Saprykin, Erik Rasmussen, Mike Crowley, Kelly Fairchild and Alexander Korolyuk.
Post-Draft Teams: Springfield (AHL); Maine (AHL); Phoenix (IHL); Kansas City, Cincinnati (IHL)
Canada Cup: 1984 (fourth place), 1987 (fifth) (injured, did not play)
World Championships: 1987 (seventh place)
Attended the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) in 1992 and the University of Minnesota in 1993.
Miscellaneous: Turned down offer to play on 1984 U.S. Olympic team so that he could sign NHL contract with Minnesota. ... Missed 1987 Canada Cup with knee injury. ... Suspended by San Jose organization on Jan. 7, 1993, for leaving Kansas City (IHL) team during middle of 1992-93 season. ... Took real estate classes during off-seasons of his playing days. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work to benefit children's cancer research. ... Ran hockey school in Rhode Island during off-seasons of his playing days. ... Ranked No. 18 on Sports Illustrated's Dec. 27, 1999, list of  the 50 greatest 20th-century sports figures from the state of Rhode Island.
Personal: Full name is Brian R. Lawton. ... Son-in-law of Noel Rahn Sr., chairman of The Rahn Group venture capital company. ... Brother-in-law of former college hockey player Noel Rahn Jr.
TRADE: Minnesota traded Lawton, Igor Liba and Rick Bennett to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Mark Tinordi, Paul Jerrard, Bret Barnett, Mike Sullivan and Los Angeles' 1989 third-round pick (Murray Garbutt) on October 11, 1988. At the time of the trade, Lawton and Liba had been suspended for refusing to accept a demotion to the minor leagues.

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