|Phillip Francis Housley
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 3.9.64 St. Paul, Minnesota
|How he arrived: Traded by the Calgary Flames with Dan Keczmer for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse,
and Jocelyn Lemieux, 2.26.96
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals, 7.22.96
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Back in the day, Housley was generally regarded as one of the best defensemen in the game, and in particular, one of the
best American defensemen in the game. He was a pretty good defender, but was best known for his offensive play, his
quarterbacking. He was often overshadowed, however; playing during the same time period as Ray Bourque, Paul
Coffey, Chris Chelios, and Brian Leetch CAN lead to that.
Hindsight being 20/20, the acquisition of Housley was clearly a rental. I do wonder if he would have stayed had the
Devils made the playoffs that year, because he did play very well, getting 16 points in 22 games.
Really, though, it was a story of moving around a lot since the Sabres traded him to the Winnipeg Jets, with the longest
stays being both with the Jets and a second tenure with the Flames. (3 seasons each.)
In the end, he set a lot of American records, notably in playing 1,495 NHL games, since broken by Chelios in 2006, and
scoring 1,232 points, since broken by Mike Modano back in 2007.
He has gotten into coaching after retirement, having served as the headman at Stillwater H.S. in Minnesota. He has
also coached internationally, serving as an assistant for the US teams at World Juniors twice, and also head coach for
the 2013 team. He will be taking over as the Sabres' headman for this coming season.
He has already been inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, the US Hockey Hall of Fame, and the IIHF Hall
of Fame. He would finally get the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame for induction in 2015.
|Entry Draft: 1982 First Round Pick (6th overall) by the