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Basil McRae
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Born January 5, 1961 (1961-01-05) (age 58)
Beaverton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Minnesota North Stars
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 87th overall, 1980
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1981–1997

Basil McRae (born Basil Paul McRae on January 5, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

He is a part owner and alternate governor of the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the director of player personnel for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Basil played his major junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).

In the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the Quebec Nordiques drafted him in the third round, 87th overall. He played twenty regular season games and nine playoff matches with the big club in 1981, later spending some time with the Fredericton Express of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Basil was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Richard Turmel and spent a couple of years toiling in the minors with the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL. In 1985, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, but was traded back to his original team, the Nordiques along with John Ogrodnick & Doug Shedden for Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel.

At the start of the 1987 season, Basil signed with the Minnesota North Stars, the team he would have the most success with. The 1987–88 season saw him play the whole 80 game season with the North Stars, the first time he played a full season in the NHL.

Basil formed a tough enforcer duo along with Shane Churla, leading the league in penalty minutes with 351 in 1989. The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed him in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft and traded him to the St. Louis Blues in 1993.

After a couple of seasons in the Blues organization, Basil signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1996 and only managed to play in eight games before retiring from professional hockey.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977-78 Seneca Nationals MetJHL 36 21 38 59 80
1978-79 London Knights OMJHL 66 13 28 41 79
1979-80 London Knights OMJHL 67 23 35 58 116
1980-81 London Knights OHL 65 29 23 52 266
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 20 4 3 7 69 9 1 0 1 34
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 57 11 15 26 175
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 1 1 2 59
1982-83 Fredericton Express AHL 53 22 19 41 146 12 1 5 6 75
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 19
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 78 14 25 39 187 6 0 0 0 40
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 72 30 25 55 186
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 5
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 69 22 30 52 259 17 5 4 9 101
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 2 2 4 193
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 33 9 5 14 149 13 3 1 4 99
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 5 11 16 378
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 12 19 31 365 5 0 0 0 58
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 9 17 26 351 7 1 0 1 24
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 40 1 3 4 224 22 1 1 2 94
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 5 8 13 245
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 2 3 5 71
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 1 3 4 98 11 0 1 1 24
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 1 2 3 103 2 0 0 0 12
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 2 0 0 0 12
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 0 5 5 72 7 2 1 3 4
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 1 1 2 40 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 576 53 83 136 2453 78 8 4 12 349

Post-Playing CareerEdit

Basil McRae is a part owner of the London Knights with Dale Hunter and Mark Hunter.

On October 21, 2014, the Knights announced that he would become the general manager and alternate governor of the team, replacing Mark Hunter (who had vacated the general manager position to become the director of player personnel for the Toronto Maple Leafs). He previously worked as a pro-scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

On July 6, 2016, Basil stepped down as general manager of the London Knights to become the director of player personnel for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was replaced by former assistant general manager and former assistant coach of the London Knights, Rob Simpson.

Personal LifeEdit

Basil is the older brother of Chris McRae & the father of Philip McRae.