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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Jeff Norton
Selected in third round
No. 62 overall by New York Islanders

Born November 25, 1965
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2   Weight: 190
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Cushing Academy (Mass. H.S.)        
Birthplace: Arlington, Massachusetts (USA)
Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 Acton-BoxboroughMass. H.S. ---- ---- --
1982-83 Cushing Acad.Mass. H.S. ---- ---- --
1983-84 Cushing Acad.Mass. H.S. 2122 3355 --

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Cushing Academy Most Improved Player:
1982-83
Cushing Academy Captain: 1983-84
Miscellaneous: Attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. ... Was first Cushing Academy player drafted by an NHL team. ... Also spent part of childhood in Cambridge, Mass. ... Also played varsity baseball and tennis in high school.
NHL CAREER
Debut: March 1, 1988 (St. Louis at N.Y. Islanders)
Numbers:  8 (N.Y. Islanders); 8, 5 (S.J.); 5 (St. Louis); 6 (Edmonton); 6 (Tampa Bay); 6, 5 (Florida); 25, 4 (Pittsburgh); 33 (Boston)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2003
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1988-2002 NYI, SJ, STL, EDM,
TB, FLO, PIT, BOS
799 52332 384615
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1988-2002 NYI, SJ, STL, BOS65 421 2589

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
San Jose Playoffs Points Leader:
1999 (7)
San Jose Playoffs Assists Leader: 1999 (7)
Miscellaneous: Joined N.Y. Islanders for balance of 1987-88 season after competing in 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, signing first NHL contract on Feb. 29, 1988. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with rotator cuff injury, suffered in N.Y. Islanders' March 20, 1988, game at Winnipeg. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' March 26, 1988, game vs. Edmonton. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with bruised ribs, suffered when he was slashed by Stephane Richer during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 16, 1988, game at Montreal. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 29, 1988, game at Detroit. After the slash from Richer, Norton left the ice on a stretcher, and Richer, who had not been penalized on the play, received a 10-game suspension from the NHL two days later. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with bruised tendons in right hand, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 2, 1989, game at Pittsburgh. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 11, 1989, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with strained groin and abdominal muscles, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Feb. 13, 1990, game vs. Calgary. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Feb. 28, 1990, game at Detroit. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with re-aggravation of strained groin and abdominal muscles, an injury suffered when his skate got caught in a rut during N.Y. Islanders' March 2, 1990, game at N.Y. Rangers. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' March 6, 1990, game vs. Hartford. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with bruised right ankle, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' March 8, 1990, game at New Jersey. He did not return until N.Y. Islanders' March 28, 1990, game at Toronto. ... Missed part of 1989 playoffs with mild concussion, an injury suffered when he was checked into the boards from behind by Troy Mallette during Game 3 of N.Y. Islanders' first-round series vs. N.Y. Rangers on April 9, 1990. ... Missed start of 1990-91 season due to suspension. The NHL had suspended Norton for eight games after it determined that he had deliberately injured Jeff Daniels during N.Y. Islanders' Sept. 30, 1990, preseason game vs. Pittsburgh. Norton had taken his stick and swatted Daniels on the side of his face, opening up a big cut. After a subsequent hearing, the NHL on Oct. 4, 1990, said Norton had used excessive force and would be suspended. Norton argued that he had raised his stick in anticipation of Daniels doing the same as both players collided behind the N.Y. Islanders net. Because of the suspension, Norton did not make his 1990-91 NHL regular-season debut until N.Y. Islanders' Oct. 24, 1990, game at Montreal. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with dislocated right shoulder, an injury suffered in second-period scuffle with John Druce during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 3, 1990, game vs. Washington. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 15, 1990, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with re-aggravation of right shoulder injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Dec. 27, 1990, game at New Jersey. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Jan. 8, 1991, game vs. Minnesota. ... Missed remainder of 1990-91 season and entire 1991 playoffs with re-aggravation of right shoulder injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Feb. 23, 1991, game vs. Philadelphia. The shoulder had become so loose in its socket that it was even coming out during Norton's sleep. After the final injury in Philadelphia, the Islanders determined that the shoulder required season-ending surgery, which was performed on Feb. 27, 1991. ... Led all N.Y. Islanders defensemen with 28 points in 1990-91 despite playing only 44 games. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with mild concussion, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Oct. 26, 1991, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed remainder of 1991-92 season with torn ligament in left wrist, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Jan. 3, 1992, game at Buffalo. The injury required season-ending surgery on Jan. 8, 1992. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with hip flexor injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Oct. 23, 1992, game at Washington. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 5, 1992, game at Minnesota. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with shoulder injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Dec. 31, 1992, game at St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Feb. 25, 1993, game at Quebec. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' March 2, 1993, game vs. Detroit. ... Paired on defense with Sandis Ozolinsh for San Jose in 1993-94. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sprained left ankle, an injury suffered in San Jose's Dec. 11, 1993, game at Detroit. He did not return to action until San Jose's Jan. 4, 1994, game vs. Montreal. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with re-aggravation of ankle injury, suffered during San Jose's Jan. 4, 1994, game vs. Montreal. He did not return until San Jose's Jan. 25, 1994, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sprained left ankle, suffered during San Jose's Feb. 19, 1994, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until San Jose's March 3, 1994, game vs. Edmonton. ... Was San Jose's team co-representative to NHLPA in 1993-94 and part of 1995 seasons. ... Missed part of 1995 season with the flu, an illness contracted in January 1995. ... Missed part of 1995 season with hand injury, suffered during San Jose's March 4, 1995, game at Winnipeg. As a result of the injury, he missed his first game with St. Louis after being traded to Blues on March 6, 1995. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with broken thumb, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Feb. 7, 1996, game vs. Washington. He did not return until Edmonton's Feb. 14, 1996, game vs. Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with back spasms, suffered during Edmonton's March 16, 1996, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed remainder of 1995-96 season with strained MCL in left knee, suffered during Edmonton's March 24, 1996, game at Ottawa. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with sprained ankle, an injury suffered in Edmonton's Oct. 15, 1996, game at Colorado. He did not return to action until Edmonton's Nov. 3, 1995, game at Chicago. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with strained groin, suffered during Edmonton's Jan. 7, 1997, game at St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with sprained left thumb, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Oct. 5, 1997, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Oct. 17, 1997, game vs. Pittsburgh. ... Had assist in his first game with Florida on Jan. 21, 1998, at Anaheim. ... Missed remainder of 1997-98 season with cracked sternum and bruised chest, an injury suffered during Florida's March 21, 1998, game at Tampa Bay. ... Was traded in each of five consecutive seasons from 1995 to 1998-99. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during San Jose's Oct. 4, 1999, game vs. Chicago. He did not return to action until San Jose's Oct. 28, 1999, game vs. Nashville. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with shoulder injury, suffered during San Jose's Jan. 11, 2000, game vs. St. Louis. He did not return to action until San Jose's Jan. 19, 2000, game at Colorado. ... Suspended by NHL for four games during 1999-00 season for swinging stick over Claude Lemieux's head during second period of San Jose's Feb. 14, 2000, game at New Jersey. Norton was ejected from the game, and a subsequent review led to the four-game suspension. He did not return to action until San Jose's Feb. 29, 2000, game at Anaheim. ... Signed with Pittsburgh as Group III unrestricted free agent on Nov. 14, 2000. ... Missed part of 2000-01 season with bruised knee, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Jan. 9, 2001, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Feb. 7, 2001, game vs. Philadelphia. .... Missed part of 2000-01 season with bruised back, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Feb. 16, 2001, game at New Jersey. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Feb. 25, 2001, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Signed with Florida as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 10, 2001. ... Missed part of 2001-02 season with the flu, an illness contracted in October 2001. ... Missed part of 2001-02 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Florida's Nov. 16, 2001, game at Buffalo. He did not return to action until Florida's Nov. 27, 2001, game at Colorado. ... Missed most of 2001-02 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Florida's Dec. 14, 2001, game at New Jersey. He did not return to action until Florida's March 2, 2002, game at Tampa Bay.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Michigan (CCHA); Asker (Norway)
Olympics: 1988 (seventh place)
World Championships 1989 (sixth place), 1990 (fifth place)

NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
CCHA All-Star Second Team:
1986-87 (Michigan)
CCHA All-Star Honorable Mention: 1985-86 (Michigan)
Great Lakes Invitational All-Star First Team: 1986 (Michigan)
Michigan Downes Trophy (MVP): 1985-86
Michigan Heyliger Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87
Michigan Dekers Club Award (Rookie of Year): 1984-85
Michigan Captain: 1986-87
Education: Majored in sports management and communications at University of Michigan. ... Completed his degree during off-seasons of his early years in NHL, earning the degree in the summer of 1991.
Miscellaneous: Never played in minor leagues. ... Invited to U.S. national junior team training camp in August 1984, but did not earn spot on Team USA for 1985 World Junior Championships. ... Wore No. 5 at the University of Michigan. ... Competed in U.S. National Sports Festival in 1985 in Baton Rouge, La. ... Became first Michigan player to be named team's best defenseman as both a freshman and sophomore, and was also first to win the award in each of his three years on the team. ... Named CCHA Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 16, 1985. ... Broke ankle in Michigan's final game of 1985-86 season at Michigan State on Feb. 28, 1986 (CCHA playoff game). ... Competed in U.S. National Sports Festival in 1986 in Houston. ... Competed in U.S. National Sports Festival in 1987 in Greensboro, N.C. ... Played on U.S. Select Team at 1987 Pravda Cup tournament in Leningrad, USSR. ... Left University of Michigan after junior year to join Team USA for 1987-88 pre-Olympic tour and 1988 Olympics. ... Left Michigan in 1987 with school career record (since broken) of 294 penalty minutes. ... Wore No. 6 for Team USA at 1988 Olympics. ... Signed one-year contract to conclude career with Asker (Norway) on Aug. 27, 2002. ... Avid fly fisherman. ... Became active in Oldtimers' charity hockey after retirement, playing for Boston Bruins Alumni.
Personal: Full name is Jeffrey Thomas Norton. ... Older brother of NHL player Brad Norton. ... Older brother of ESPN hockey producer Jon Norton.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: N.Y. Islanders traded Norton to San Jose for a conditional 1994 draft pick (third round -- Jason Strudwick) on June 20, 1993.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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