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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Paul Cavallini
Selected in 10th round
No. 205 overall by Washington Capitals

Born October 13, 1965
Position: Defense
Height: 6-1   Weight: 200
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Henry Carr (Ontario Junior B)            
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Downsview, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1982-83 Henry CarrJr. B 356 1622 191
1983-84 Henry CarrJr. B 5420 4161 190

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Ontario Junior B Championship:
1983 (Henry Carr)
Henry Carr MVP: 1983-84
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.
NHL CAREER
Debut: November 22, 1986 (Pittsburgh at Washington)
Numbers:  30, 28, 14 (Washington); 14 (St. Louis); 14 (Dallas)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired November 7, 1995
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1986-1995 Wash., St. Louis, Dallas 56456 177233 750
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1988-1995 St. Louis, Wash., Dallas 698 2735 114

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
NHL Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (+/- Leader):
1989-90 (St. Louis) (plus-38) (inaugural winner)
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.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Providence (HE); Team Canada; Binghamton (AHL)
NON-NHL 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 retirement.
Personal: 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
TRADE (2): 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, 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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