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|1983 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
19 overall by Edmonton Oilers
Born March 28, 1965
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Ajax, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Lindsay, Ontario
||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was Sault Ste. Marie's
first-round pick, No. 13 overall, in 1982 OHL priority selection.
| Debut: April 10, 1986 (Vancouver at Edmonton) (playoff game)|
Numbers: 6 (Edmonton); 23
Stanley Cup: 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994
Playing Status: Retired
July 15, 1999
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
N.Y. Rangers Crumb Bum Award (Service to Local Kids): 1995-96
N.Y. Rangers Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1992-93 (153), 1993-94 (170),
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs PIM
Leader: 1992 (47), 1994 (50), 1997 (34)
1986-87: Played 44 regular-season games for Edmonton team that won
Stanley Cup, but did not appear in playoffs. However, he played enough
regular-season games to have name engraved on Stanley Cup.
Played in two playoff games for Edmonton team that won Stanley Cup, but did
not appear in Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston.
Miscellaneous: Was only non-goaltender ever drafted in NHL's first round
without having scored at least one goal in the season before he was drafted.
... Called up to Edmonton from Nova Scotia (AHL) for Oilers' Feb. 11, 1986,
game at Detroit, but was a healthy scratch for the game and was immediately
returned to Halifax. ... Made his NHL debut in Game 2 of Edmonton's first-round
playoff series vs. Vancouver
on April 10, 1986. ... Made NHL regular-season debut in Edmonton's Oct.
17, 1986, game vs. Detroit. He had an assist in that game. ... Missed part
of 1987-88 season with lacerated knuckle on right hand, suffered in fight
with Craig Coxe during Edmonton's Oct. 24, 1987, game vs. Vancouver. He did
not return to action until Edmonton's Nov. 4, 1987, game vs. N.Y. Rangers.
... Suspended by NHL for first 10 games of 1988-89 season for leaving bench
to join fight during Edmonton's Oct. 2, 1988, preseason game at Calgary. ...
Missed part of 1988-89 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered
during Edmonton's Jan. 16, 1989, game at Chicago. He did not return until Edmonton's Feb. 11, 1989, game at Boston. ... Missed part of
1990-91 season with hairline fracture of ankle, an injury suffered in
Edmonton's Feb. 22, 1991, game vs. Detroit. .... Suspended by NHL for four
games during 1991-92 season for high-sticking incident with 14 seconds to go
in N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 16, 1991, game vs. San Jose. Beukeboom had received a
match penalty for attempt to injure an opponent. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with
strained back, suffered in N.Y. Rangers' March 16, 1992, game
vs. Montreal. ... Missed parts of 1992-93 season with knee injury, suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 19, 1992, game at Hartford, and with bruised ankle, an
injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 1, 1993, game at N.Y. Islanders. ...
Suspended by NHL for one 1994 playoff game for hitting from behind during
Game 2 of N.Y. Rangers' Eastern Conference finals series vs. New Jersey on May
17, 1994. He sat out Game 6 of the series on May 25, 1994, in New Jersey. ...
Missed parts of 1995 season with neck spasms, an injury suffered in N.Y.
Rangers' March 3, 1995, game vs. Philadelphia, and with bruised chest, an
injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 18, 1995, game at Washington. ...
Missed part of 1996-97 season with the flu, an illness contracted in
February 1997. ... Missed parts of 1997-98 season with broken left ankle, an
injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 16, 1997, game at New Jersey. He
did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 20, 1998, game vs. St.
Louis. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with stress fracture in left leg,
an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 16, 1998, game vs. Ottawa and
re-aggravated during N.Y. Rangers' March 26, 1998, game at Carolina. ... Missed
part of 1998-99 season with concussion, an injury suffered when he was
sucker-punched from behind by Matt Johnson during N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 19,
1998, game at Los Angeles, and with the flu, an illness contracted in
February 1999. ... Missed remainder of 1998-99 season with severe
concussion, suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 12, 1999, game vs. Carolina.
The injury led to post-concussion syndrome, which ended his career at age
33. ... Retired with No. 2 ranking on N.Y. Rangers' all-time penalty-minutes
The NHL suspended Beukeboom for the first 10 games of the 1988-89 season
after he came off the bench and fought before the whistle during Edmonton's Oct. 2, 1988, preseason game at Calgary.
The game was the final preseason game of Edmonton's 1988 training camp.
Beukeboom had come onto the ice after a goal by teammate Glenn Anderson and
immediately got into a fight with Calgary's Joel Otto. Because he had not
waited for play to resume, Beukeboom was deemed in violation of the NHL's
strict "leaving the bench" rule. The suspension was announced on Oct. 4,
1988, and Beukeboom did not make his 1988-89 season debut until Edmonton's
Oct. 30, 1988, game vs. Chicago. Oilers co-coach John Muckler also received
a five-game automatic suspension for being the coach of a player who
violated the rules against leaving the bench.
Beukeboom's career ended abruptly during the 1998-99 season when he suffered
the second of two concussions. The first concussion, however, was the one
that really did him in, and it came as the result of a frightful sucker
punch from Los Angeles' Matt Johnson that knocked him out cold. The incident
happened on Nov. 19, 1998, in Los Angeles. Johnson came up from behind to
hit Beukeboom, who never saw him coming. On Nov. 23, 1999, Johnson was
suspended 12 games for the hit, which the NHL ruled a deliberate attempt to
injure. Johnson had justified his punch as retaliation for Beukeboom's
earlier hit on Glen Murray, which Johnson said was an attempt a
slew-footing. Beukeboom came back within a few games, but the Johnson hit
had made him susceptible to significant further brain damage. His second
concussion, triggered by a minor collision on Feb. 12, 1999, caused him to
develop post-concussion syndrome. This included headaches, dizziness and
memory loss which lingered for many months after the injury. Doctors finally
advised Beukeboom to retire during the summer of 1999. He had suffered a
total of six concussions during his NHL career, but none more devastating or
unnecessary than the one resulting from the Johnson cheap shot. Beukeboom
later said Johnson never apologized for the incident until they found
themselves "both stuck in a van at an NHLPA meeting." It took Beukeboom more
than two years to fully heal from the incident.
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); Nova Scotia (AHL); Cape Breton (AHL)|
World Junior Championships: 1985
AWARDS AND HONORS
OHL All-Star First Team: 1984-85 (Sault Ste. Marie)
OHL All-Star Game: 1985 (Sault Ste. Marie)
Named Toronto (AHL) assistant coach on Sept. 22, 2003, and remained in that
position through 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Missed nearly half
of 1984-85 season with knee injury, suffered during Canada's game vs. Team
USA at World Junior Championships in December 1984. The injury also kept him
out of the tournament's final four games, including gold-medal game. ...
Named the OHL's best defensive defenseman for 1984-85 in a poll of league
coaches. ... Sent by Edmonton to Cape Breton (AHL) for a two-week
conditioning assignment on Nov. 16, 1988. He returned to the Oilers on Nov.
30, 1988 and never played in minors again. ... Was active in charitable causes during playing days,
including work with Edmonton Suicide Prevention Program and the Ice Hockey
in Harlem program. ... Ran
Edmonton-based Twin Towers Hockey School with teammate Steve Smith
during early 1990s. ... Moved to Uxbridge, Ontario, after his retirement.
... Founded and ran a recycling advertising company after his retirement
before turning to coaching ranks. ... Also coached minor hockey in Uxbridge,
Ontario, in first few years after retirement. ... Played in Oilers-Canadiens
outdoor alumni game on Nov. 22, 2003.
Personal: Younger brother of
former minor-leaguer John Beukeboom. ... Older brother of ex-major-junior
player Brian Beukeboom. ... Cousin of NHLer Joe Nieuwendyk. ... Nephew
of former NHL player Ed Kea.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Edmonton traded Beukeboom to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for David Shaw on
November 12, 1991. The deal was the future considerations portion of an
October 4, 1991, trade in which Edmonton dealt Mark Messier to N.Y. Rangers
in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice, Louie DeBrusk and future considerations.||
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