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McSorley in January 2009
Born May 18, 1963 (1963-05-18) (age 46),
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Defence/Right Wing
Shot Right
Pro clubs Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–1985)
Edmonton Oilers (1985–1988)
Los Angeles Kings (1989–1993)
Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–1994)
Los Angeles Kings (1994–1996)
New York Rangers (1996)
San Jose Sharks (1996–1998)
Edmonton Oilers (1998–1999)
Boston Bruins (1999–2000)
Playing career 1982 – 2001

Martin James McSorley (born May 18, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional hockey player, who played in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 2000. A versatile player, he was able to play both the forward and defense positions. He is also a former head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (2002–2004). In addition to his hockey career, he has also worked as an actor, appearing in several film and television roles.

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Biography

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Early life and hockey career

McSorley was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but grew up in Cayuga, Ontario, a small town in Haldimand County.

He made his NHL debut in October, 1983, with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but rose to fame after a trade in September 1985 brought him to the high-flying Edmonton Oilers. McSorley's arrival and physical presence soon made Edmonton's incumbent enforcer Dave Semenko expendable, and McSorley inherited the title of "Wayne Gretzky's Bodyguard".

This title would follow McSorley to Los Angeles in 1988, when both he and Gretzky - along with Mike Krushelnyski - were obtained by the Kings in what was perhaps the most monumental trade in NHL history. The Kings reached the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, but in Game 2 with the Kings up 2-1, McSorley was caught with an illegal stick, contributing to the Habs' game-tying goal. Montreal ending up winning that game in overtime and ultimately took the series in five games. McSorley otherwise had ten points in the playoffs and was the only King to score during the final game.

McSorley would remain with the Kings until an August, 1993, trade sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for offensive forward Shawn McEachern. However, his stay in Pittsburgh would be brief, lasting for only 47 games. The Los Angeles Kings, realizing that trading McSorley had been a mistake, re-acquired him on February 16, 1994. Back with the Kings, McSorley assisted on Gretzky's goal which broke Gordie Howe's all-time record.

On March 14, 1996, McSorley left the Kings' organization for good, as he was traded to the New York Rangers in a multi-player deal.

After completing the 1995-96 season with the Rangers, McSorley returned to the west coast when he was acquired by the San Jose Sharks in August, 1996. He would spend 2 injury plagued seasons with the Sharks before returning to Edmonton as a free agent in October, 1998. Confined to a part-time role in his second stint in Edmonton, he would leave after one season and signed with the Boston Bruins in December, 1999. With the Bruins, McSorley's NHL career would come to a sudden and infamous end in a game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 21, 2000.

Assault incident

On February 21, 2000, McSorley, playing for the Boston Bruins, swung his stick and hit Donald Brashear in the head with 3 seconds left in the game. Brashear fell backward and hit his head hard on the ice as a result of the stick's contact with his head and helmet. As a result of the fall and hard contact with the ice, Brashear lost consciousness and suffered a grade 3 concussion.

As a result of the stick incident, McSorley was charged with assault and suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the 1999–2000 season (including playoffs) missing 23 games. On October 4, 2000, a jury found McSorley guilty of assault with a weapon for his attack on Brashear. He was sentenced to 18 months probation. The trial was the first for an on-ice attack by an NHL player since 1988.

After his assault conviction his NHL suspension was extended to one full year (through February 21, 2001).[1] This suspension was the longest in NHL history, and McSorley would never play in another NHL game.

United Kingdom

During his suspension McSorley attempted to continue playing hockey in the United Kingdom with the London Knights where his elder brother Chris was coaching but this move was blocked by the International Ice Hockey Federation in respect to the NHL.[2] A similar intention to play in Germany for the Munich Barons also failed.

In the autumn of 2001, following the completion of his suspension, McSorley again looked towards the other side of the Atlantic. He considered purchasing the then struggling Cardiff Devils team with his brother[3] in order to pursue a new player-coach role and to develop interest in the sport in the UK.

McSorley appeared as a guest player for both Great Britain and the Cardiff Devils during a series of exhibition games in November 2001,[4] but the business deal failed to materialise.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Belleville Bulls OHL 58 6 13 19 234
1982–83 Belleville Bulls OHL 70 10 41 51 183 4 0 0 0 7
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 2 0 0 0 22
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 2 7 9 224
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 0 0 0 15
1984–85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 58 6 24 30 154 14 0 7 7 47
1985–86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 11 12 23 265 8 0 2 2 50
1985–86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 9 2 4 6 34
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 2 4 6 159 21 4 3 7 65
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 7 2 2 4 48
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 9 17 26 223 16 0 3 3 67
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 66 10 17 27 350 11 0 2 2 33
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 15 21 36 322 10 1 3 4 18
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 7 32 39 221 12 0 0 0 58
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 7 22 29 268 6 1 0 1 21
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 15 26 41 399 24 4 6 10 60
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 3 18 21 139
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 4 6 10 55
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 3 18 21 83
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 59 10 21 31 148
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 2 2 21 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 4 12 16 186
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 56 2 10 12 140
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 2 3 5 101 3 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 27 2 3 5 62
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 14 0 2 2 36
NHL totals 961 108 251 359 3381 115 10 19 29 374

Coaching career

McSorley coached the American Hockey League team the Springfield Falcons between 2002 and 2004.

Film and TV career

From 1995 to 1997, McSorley also appeared in four movies: Bad Boys (1995), Forget Paris (1995), Con Air (1997) and Trading Favors (1997), though his appearances were typically brief.

During the 2005–06 NHL season, McSorley worked for Fox Sports West in Los Angeles, providing in-studio analysis of games involving the Los Angeles Kings or the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He provided color commentary for the San Jose Sharks games on FSN Bay Area during 2006–07 NHL season. McSorley's time in that role ended mysteriously midway through the Sharks playoff series with Detroit, when the Sharks announced McSorley would not return for a Game 3 broadcast for personal reasons. No further explanation has been given.[5]

Appeared in one episode of CSI: Miami in 2005 as rink manager.

On July 30, 2007, McSorley guest starred on ABC Family's Greek as himself playing a hockey goaltender.

In February 2008, McSorley was featured as one of the pros on Pros vs Joes on Spike TV.

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards referred to McSorley in her song "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory", with the lyric, "You're the Great One, I'm Marty McSorley..., I make the dough, but you get the glory." McSorley appears in the song's music video.

McSorley also does a radio show on WFMU in New Jersey.[6]

Personal life

McSorley currently resides in Hermosa Beach, California. He married beach volleyball player Leanne Schuster in August 2002.[7] Their daughter Emma was born in 2007.

Awards and achievements

Transactions

  • August 27, 1993 - Traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Shawn McEachern.
  • February 16, 1994 - Traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Jim Paek, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Shawn McEachern and Tomas Sandstrom.
  • October 1, 1998 - Signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • December 9, 1999 - Signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins.

References

  1. ^ "McSorley must miss a year". Associated Press (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). 2000-11-08. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20001108/ai_n10641553. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
  2. ^ Newman, Paul (23 Jan 2001). "Ice Hockey: McSorley foiled by ban". Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2001/01/23/soice24.xml. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Hardman McSorley dices with Devils". BBC News. 8 November 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/1644089.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Ice fans snap up tickets". BBC News. 6 November 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/wales/1640600.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  5. ^ Pollak, David (Aug 2, 2007). "Remenda back in Sharks' booth". San Jose: Oakland Tribune. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20070802/ai_n19439826. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Playlists and Archives for Marty McSorley". wfmu.org. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/BY. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  7. ^ [1]

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Preceded by
Paul Cavallini
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Theoren Fleury)

1991
Succeeded by
Paul Ysebaert

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