|Born||March 21, 1966 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs|
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 1984|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Al Iafrate (born Albert Anthony Iafrate on March 21, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 1998.
He is perhaps most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h).
The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal.
Al was given the nickname "the Planet" by Boston Globe sportswriter Kevin Paul Dupont for his peculiar personality.
Al was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft after a standout career with the Detroit Compuware Spitfires and a short but distinguished stay with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
He played for Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
Al played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals.
Al dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee, sciatic nerve damage in his back and a ruptured appendix.
After retiring from the NHL, Al became a commercial real estate agent and broker, working for L. Mason Capitani in the Detroit metro area.
He was previously involved with the research and development department with Warrior Hockey and is currently with BASE Hockey LP as a pro analyst.
Al is also the lead consultant for shooting and hockey sticks for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
|1984–85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||68||5||16||21||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||65||8||25||33||40||10||0||3||3||4|
|1986–87||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||9||21||30||55||13||1||3||4||11|
|1987–88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||22||30||52||80||6||3||4||7||6|
|1988–89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||65||13||20||33||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||75||21||42||63||135||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||42||3||15||18||113||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||San Jose Sharks||NHL||38||6||9||15||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||21||2||7||9||28||6||1||0||1||10|
Awards & Achievements
- Selected to four NHL All-Star Games: 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994
- Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1992-93.
Al was born in Dearborn, Michigan, but grew up in Livonia, Michigan.