John Slaney, left, and Brendan Haggerty pose with the autographed stick given to Haggerty as a 10-year-old by the St. John's native in 1992.
CORNWALL, Ontario - It’s turning into a Hall of Fame of Year for John Slaney.
Slaney, a former Cornwall Royal who was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame earlier this year during the AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s, has been announced as one of six new inductees into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
Slaney, former Newfoundland Senior Hockey League players Clobie Collins and J.C. Garneau, hockey executives Marv Ryder and Glenn Stanford and longtime referee Leo Rose will be inducted into the provincial Hall Saturday on June 14 in Gander.
After starring for the Royals of the Ontario Hockey League, Slaney was selected ninth overall by Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the same year the St. John’s native was named the top defenceman in the OHL and in all of Canadian major junior hockey.
Before turning pro with the Capitals’ organization, Slaney was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 1991 world junior championship in Saskatchewan, scoring the winning goal in the championship-clinching victory over the Soviet Union.
Slaney went on to play 268 NHL games with Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh between 1993 and 2004, scoring 22 goals and 69 assists for 91 points.
Slaney also played more than 600 games in the AHL and was twice the winner of Eddie Shore Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.
He owns AHL records for points (66) by a rookie defenceman with Baltimore in 1992-93, most career goals (149) and the most goals in one season (30 in 1999-2000). He was the first defenceman in league history to record 500 points and, until 2011, was the league’s all-time scoring leader amongst rearguards.
A four-time AHL all-star, Slaney won a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05. He also played in the old International Hockey League and in Europe.