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Al Secord
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Born March 3, 1958 (1958-03-03) (age 61)
Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for AHL
Rochester Americans
Springfield Indians
NHL
Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
IHL
Chicago Wolves
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1978
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1978–1990
1994–1996

Al Secord (born Alan William Secord on March 3, 1958) is a retired professional ice hockey left wing who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for twelve seasons from 1978–79 until 1989–90.

He played 766 career NHL games, scoring 273 goals & 222 assists for 495 points and registered 2093 career penalty minutes.

Playing CareerEdit

Al played on the 1976 Memorial Cup winning team, Hamilton Fincups of the OHA. He was drafted 16th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

Al made the Bruins' roster as a 20-year-old, scoring 16 goals and adding seven assists. He improved to 23 goals in 1979–80, but after failing to score in his first 18 games the following season, he was dealt to the Chicago Black Hawks on December 18, 1980, in a trade for defenceman Mike O'Connell.

In Chicago, Al enjoyed the best years of his NHL career.

In 1981–82, he scored 44 goals in 80 games. He was also assessed 303 minutes in penalties, making him the only player in NHL history to record 40 goals and 300 penalty minutes in a single season.

In 1982-83, he joined the 50-goal club, posting 54 goals and 32 assists for a career-high 86 points and played in the NHL All-Star game for the second consecutive season, but injuries began to take their toll.

Al played just 14 games in 1983–84, and it took him two full seasons to regain his scoring touch. He responded with a 40-goal campaign in 1985–86, but after a 29-goal season in 1986–87, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 3, 1987.

He and Ed Olczyk went to Toronto while Rick Vaive, Steve Thomas and defenceman Bob McGill headed to the Windy City.

Al spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs and was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers midway through 1988–89 for a fifth-round draft pick in 1989 that the Buffalo Sabres eventually used to select defenceman Keith Carney.

He re-signed with Chicago as a free agent and finished his NHL career in 1990, scoring 14 times in 43 games.

Al retired from pro hockey until 1994, when he returned to play two seasons with the International Hockey League (now American Hockey League) Chicago Wolves. He also played a season of roller hockey with the Chicago Cheetahs.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76Hamilton FincupsOMJHL6391322117
1976–77St. Catharines FincupsOMJHL57323466343
1977–78Hamilton FincupsOMJHL59282250185
1978–79Rochester AmericansAHL442640
1978–79Boston BruinsNHL711672312540004
1979–80Boston BruinsNHL772316391701003365
1980–81Springfield IndiansAHL835821
1980–81Boston BruinsNHL1803342
1980–81Chicago Black HawksNHL4113922145340414
1981–82Chicago Black HawksNHL804431753031525761
1982–83Chicago Black HawksNHL8054328618012471166
1983–84Chicago Black HawksNHL1444877534728
1984–85Chicago Black HawksNHL5115112619315791642
1985–86Chicago Black HawksNHL80403676201202226
1986–87Chicago BlackhawksNHL77292958196400021
1987–88Toronto Maple LeafsNHL74152742221610116
1988–89Toronto Maple LeafsNHL405101571
1988–89Philadelphia FlyersNHL20101381404431
1989–90Chicago BlackhawksNHL4314721131120008
1994–95Chicago WolvesIHL59132033195311219
1995–96Chicago WolvesIHL47881610891014
NHL totals 766 273 222 495 2093 102 21 34 55 382

Personal LifeEdit

Al is now an airline pilot with American Airlines and resides in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. He has three sons, Ryan, Alec and Luke.

Sometimes, Al does work on behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks' Alumni Association. He also coaches youth hockey in the Dallas area with the Texas Jr. Brahmas organization.