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Born August 13, 1966 (1966-08-13) (age 43),
Barrie, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Dallas Stars
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1984
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1986 – 2004

Shayne Corson (born August 13, 1966 in Barrie, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Dallas Stars. During his NHL career, Corson battled both ulcerative colitis and, as detailed in the October 21, 2001, issue of Sports Illustrated, panic attacks.[1]

Corson last played in the 2003–04 NHL season. Despite some speculation to the contrary, Corson did not return to the NHL after the 2004–05 lockout and is now retired.

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Background and early career

Corson was born in Barrie, Ontario, and played in the OHL for the Brantford Alexanders (1983–84) and Hamilton Steelhawks (1984–86). The Montreal Canadiens drafted him in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played briefly with the Canadiens in the 1985–86 season, and joined the team full-time the following year.

NHL playing career

Corson was a regular contributor for the Canadiens from 1986 until 1992, when he was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Vincent Damphousse. He played with Edmonton for three full seasons, before leaving the team for the Blues. His time in Edmonton was marred by some controversy, as head coach George Burnett chose him as the team's captain during the 1994–95 season (Jan.-Mar.1995). Burnett would later strip Corson of the captaincy. He was signed by the Blues as a free agent in 1995, and the Oilers received the rights to Curtis Joseph as compensation. During the 1996–97 season, the Blues traded him back to Montreal, where he played until 2000. The Leafs then signed him as a free agent, and he spent three full seasons in Toronto before retiring in the middle of the post-season because of 'medical issues'.

In a particularly fierce 2002 playoff series against the New York Islanders, Corson was involved in a fight with New York's Eric Cairns in which Corson attempted to kick Cairns after losing the fight. The NHL subsequently suspended Corson for the deciding Game 7 of the playoff series between New York and Toronto. The Stars signed him during the last part of the 2003–04 season in order to add some grit and leadership for their playoff run, but the team was unsuccessful (losing in the first round to the Colorado Avalanche), and Corson retired afterwards.

Notable achievements

Shayne Corson captained two NHL clubs during his 19 season professional career. He has also played for Team Canada at the Canada Cup, World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, World Cup of Hockey, and 1998 Winter Olympics. Corson was known as a gritty player, with good instincts both offensively and defensively, and a good leader. Corson represented his teams three times at the NHL All-Star Game, having scored 693 points and earning 2357 penalty minutes during his 1156 game regular season NHL career. In addition, he scored 87 points and earned 291 penalty minutes in 140 playoff games.

Personal life

Corson suffers from ulcerative colitis, a chronic digestive disorder that can cause severe pain and significant weight loss. During the later stages of his career, Corson began to suffer from panic attacks, a condition that he hasn't attributed to any single event, but which may have been precipitated by his battles with colitis and the premature death of his father, Paul Corson, from throat cancer in 1993.[2]

Corson's sister, Shannon, is married to former Maple Leaf forward Darcy Tucker. In retirement, Corson (often with Tucker) has been a prominent proponent of building a cancer care facility, the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, as part of Barrie's Royal Victoria Hospital.[3]

He opened a restaurant in 2007 with partner Armando Russo in the Distillery District of Toronto, called Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant.[4]

Mom's, a restaurant in Barrie, Ontario was opened by Shayne Corson's father, and still run by his mother and sisters since his father's death. [5]

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1983-84  Brantford Alexanders        OHL    66   25   46   71  165   6   4   1   5  26
1984-85  Hamilton Steelhawks         OHL    54   27   63   90  154  11   3   7  10  19
1985-86  Hamilton Steelhawks         OHL    47   41   57   98  153  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Montreal Canadiens          NHL     3    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    55   12   11   23  144  17   6   5  11  30
1987-88  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    71   12   27   39  152   3   1   0   1  12
1988-89  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    80   26   24   50  193  21   4   5   9  65
1989-90  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    76   31   44   75  144  11   2   8  10  20
1990-91  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    71   23   24   47  138  13   9   6  15  36
1991-92  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    64   17   36   53  118  10   2   5   7  15
1992-93  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   16   31   47  209  --  --  --  --  --
1993-94  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    64   25   29   54  118  --  --  --  --  --
1994-95  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    48   12   24   36   86  --  --  --  --  --
1995-96  St. Louis Blues             NHL    77   18   28   46  192  13   8   6  14  22
1996-97  St. Louis Blues             NHL    11    2    1    3   24  --  --  --  --  --
1996-97  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    47    6   15   21   80   5   1   0   1   4
1997-98  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    62   21   34   55  108  10   3   6   9  26
1998-99  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    63   12   20   32  147  --  --  --  --  --
1999-00  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    70    8   20   28  115  --  --  --  --  --
2000-01  Toronto Maple Leafs         NHL    77    8   18   26  189  11   1   1   2  14
2001-02  Toronto Maple Leafs         NHL    74   12   21   33  120  19   1   6   7  33
2002-03  Toronto Maple Leafs         NHL    46    7    8   15   49   2   0   0   0   2
2003-04  Dallas Stars                NHL    17    5    5   10   29   5   0   1   1  12
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         NHL totals                       1156  273  420  693 2357 140  38  49  87 291

Awards and honors

  • All-Star Selection, Forward, 1986 IIHF world junior hockey championships[6]

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Preceded by
Craig MacTavish
Edmonton Oilers captains
1995
Succeeded by
Kelly Buchberger
Preceded by
Brett Hull
St. Louis Blues captains
1995–96
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky
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