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Shane Churla
Shanechurla
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Hartford Whalers (19861987)
Calgary Flames (19871989)
Minnesota North Stars (19891993)
Dallas Stars (19931996)
Los Angeles Kings (1996)
New York Rangers (19961997)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born June 24 1965 (1965-06-24) (age 51),
Fernie, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 110th overall, 1985
Hartford Whalers
Pro Career 1985 – 1997

Shane Churla (born June 24, 1965, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada) is a former National Hockey League right wing. He was drafted in the sixth round, 110th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing two seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Churla made his professional debut with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers in the 1985–86 season. He made his NHL debut with Hartford in the 1986–87 season, appearing in 20 games. After dressing for two more games with Hartford in the 1987–88 season, he was traded to the Calgary Flames in a multi-player deal.

During the 1988–89 season, the Flames traded Churla to the Minnesota North Stars. He was one of the players selected from the North Stars by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal Draft; however, he was traded back to the North Stars only days later for Kelly Kisio.

Churla remained with the Stars franchise as it moved south to become the Dallas Stars. In the 1995–96 season, Churla moved from Dallas to the Los Angeles Kings, and then again to the New York Rangers. He retired as a Ranger after the 1996–97 season.

In his NHL career, Churla appeared in 488 games. He scored 26 goals and added 45 assists. He also appeared in 78 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring five goals and tallying seven assists. Churla was considered a top enforcer in the NHL. He and Basil McRae were a formidable duo on the Minnesota North Stars at the end of the 1980s. He tallied 2,301 penalty minutes in his NHL career.

Churla is perhaps best remembered for receiving one of the most vicious elbows in NHL history during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, courtesy of Pavel Bure. The elbow was dubbed by Don Cherry as "the mother of all elbows."


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