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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 205 overall by Washington Capitals
Height: 6-1 Weight: 200
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Henry Carr (Ontario Junior B)
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Downsview, Ontario
||Henry Carr||Jr. B
||Henry Carr||Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Ontario Junior B Championship: 1983 (Henry Carr)
Henry Carr Captain: 1983-84
Miscellaneous: Attended Chaminade College School in North York, Ontario,
and Father Henry Carr High School in Rexdale, Ontario. ... Also played two
seasons of varsity football in high school.
| Debut: November 22, 1986 (Pittsburgh at
Numbers: 30, 28, 14 (Washington); 14
(St. Louis); 14 (Dallas)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Retired November 7, 1995
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Wash., St. Louis, Dallas
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||St. Louis, Wash., Dallas
AWARDS AND HONORS
NHL Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (+/- Leader): 1989-90 (St. Louis) (plus-38)
All-Star Game: 1990 (St. Louis)
Dallas Playoffs Assists Leader: 1994 (8, tie)
1993-94: Played on first Dallas Stars team.
Miscellaneous: Suffered neck injury during St. Louis' Dec. 11, 1988, game
at Chicago. He left the game and went to the hospital, but did not miss any
other games. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with dislocated left
shoulder, an injury suffered when he was checked by Mark Messier during
second period of St. Louis' Feb. 25, 1989, game at Edmonton. Messier got a
five-minute boarding penalty on the play, and Cavallini did not return to
action until St. Louis' March 30, 1989, game vs. Quebec. ... Led St. Louis
with plus-25 rating in 1988-89. ... Finished fourth among defenseman in fan
voting for 1991 NHL All-Star Game with 125,503 votes. ... Missed part of
1991-92 season with strained MCL in left knee, an injury suffered while
trying to check Steve Smith during St.
Louis' Oct. 20, 1991, game at Chicago. He did not return to action until St.
Louis' Nov. 20, 1991, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season
with non-displaced fracture of left eye socket, an injury suffered when he
was hit by Ken Sutton's shot, which deflected up at his face off his own
stick, during Dallas' Jan. 16, 1994, game vs. Buffalo. The cut on the left
side of his face required 22 stitches to close. He did not return to action
until Dallas' Feb. 2, 1994, game at Winnipeg, and played the remainder of
his career with a visor. ... Played left wing in Dallas' Feb. 11, 1995, game
vs. Calgary. ... Led Dallas with plus-8 rating in 1995. ... Retired from NHL
early in 1995-96 to focus on his career as an investment broker. He opted to
retire because he had lost his regular spot in the Dallas lineup and feared
a demotion to the minor leagues after being placed on unconditional waivers
on Nov. 2, 1995. As a result, Cavallini would need to accept a contract
buyout or report to the IHL. In accepting a buyout and ending his career, he
gave up a $695,000 salary in both the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. He then
began working full-time for A.G. Edwards.
The Loss of a Fingertip:
Cavallini missed 13 games during the 1990-91 season with a bizarre left
index finger injury, in which he lost the tip of the finger. He suffered the
injury while blocking a Doug Wilson slapshot during St. Louis' Dec. 22,
1990, game vs. Chicago. The force of Wilson's shot literally severed the tip
of Cavallini's finger. Cavallini found the tip of the finger inside his glove.
Doctors hoped they could re-attach the tip in surgery, but their efforts
failed. The piece of the finger was removed and the exposed bone covered
with grafted skin. Cavallini did not return to action until St. Louis' Jan.
25, 1991, game at Detroit. He scored a goal in that game.
Providence (HE); Team Canada; Binghamton (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Hockey East All-Freshman Team: 1984-85 (Providence College)
Miscellaneous: Wore No. 5 at
Providence College. ... Left Providence
College after his freshman year to pursue pro hockey career. ... Appeared in
the 1985 film Youngblood as one of the hockey playing extras.
...Continued to pursue his degree at Providence College during off-seasons
of his playing days. ... Gained a following on St. Louis radio station for
his regular movie critiques along with his brother Gino. ... Worked for A.G.
Edwards and Sons during off-seasons as his playing days as he prepared for
post-hockey career as an investment broker. ... Returned to St. Louis area
after his retirement and continued to work for A.G. Edwards as an investment
broker. He took on several NHL players as clients. ... Also active in
Webster Groves Hockey Association as an executive and coach after his
Nicknamed "Wally." ... Full name is Paul Edward Cavallini. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Gino Cavallini.
... Husband of former Canadian Olympic long-jumper Tracy Smith.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Washington traded Cavallini to St. Louis for a choice of Montreal's 1988
second-round pick or St. Louis' 1988 second-round pick (Washington chose the
Montreal's pick and drafted Wade Bartley) on December 11, 1987. Five years later,
Washington got Cavallini back from St. Louis for Kevin Miller on
November 1, 1992. Washington lost Cavallini a second time when the Capitals
traded him to Dallas for future considerations (Enrico Ciccone) on June 20,
1993. Dallas sent Ciccone to Washington to complete to deal on June 25,
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