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Phil Housley
Philhousley
Position Defenseman/Forward
Shot Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
Washington Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born March 9 1964 (1964-03-09) (age 52),
St. Paul, MN, U.S.
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1982
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 1982 – 2003

Phillip F. Housley (born March 9, 1964 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a former player who played for the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Housley currently coaches Minnesota high school boys hockey for the Stillwater Area High School of Stillwater, Minnesota.

Housley is the second leading scorer amongst U.S.-born players, with 1,232 points (338–894). He held the record for most points by an American-born NHL player until Mike Modano surpassed it on November 7, 2007.

He is considered to be one of the best American defenseman ever, alongside fellow Americans Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch. However, Housley never won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's Top Defenseman, thanks in large part to playing in the same era and reaching his peak years at the same time as the likes of Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Chelios and Leetch (the four combined to win every Norris Trophy between 1985 and 1997), and that he spent considerable time during his career playing forward.

Housley never won the Stanley Cup, coming closest with the Capitals in 1998, where they were swept in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red Wings. He played more NHL games without winning the Stanley Cup than any player in NHL history. Teppo Numminen is now the active NHL player who had play the most games without winning the coveted trophy: 1,372 at the end of the 2008–09 season.

On January 21, 2000, Housley played in his 1,257th NHL Game, the most ever at the time by an American, breaking the record held by Craig Ludwig. Housley went on to play in 1,495 NHL games. He held the record for games played by an American-born player for nearly seven years, until it was broken, on November 24, 2006, by Chris Chelios.

Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, and is currently eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame. On February 7, 2007, he was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, commemorated in a pre-game ceremony with former head coach Scotty Bowman on hand.


Career statisticsEdit

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 47 66 39 10 3 4 7 2
1983–84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 31 46 77 33 3 0 0 0 6
1984–85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 16 53 69 28 5 3 2 5 2
1985–86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 15 47 62 54 - - - - -
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 21 46 67 57 - - - - -
1987–88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 29 37 66 96 6 2 4 6 6
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 26 44 70 47 5 1 3 4 2
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 21 60 81 32 6 1 4 5 4
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 23 53 76 24 - - - - -
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 23 63 86 92 7 1 4 5 0
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 18 79 97 52 6 0 7 7 2
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 7 15 22 12 4 2 1 3 4
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 43 8 35 43 18 7 0 9 9 0
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 59 16 36 52 22 - - - - -
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 1 15 16 8 - - - - -
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 77 11 29 40 24 - - - - -
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 64 6 25 31 24 18 0 4 4 4
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 79 11 43 54 52 - - - - -
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 11 44 55 24 - - - - -
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 69 4 30 34 24 - - - - -
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 15 24 39 34 5 0 1 1 4
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 6 23 29 24 - - - - -
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1495 338 894 1232 822 85 13 43 56 36


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