|Randall Stephen Pierce
Right Wing-Left Wing
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 187 pounds
Born: 11.23.57 Amprior, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Hartford Whalers, 10.6.83
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
As far as health was concerned, the odds were against Pierce for a long time. He had had respiratory issues when he was
younger (I don't know if this means asthma or what it means.), yet he still made the Sudbury Wolves and had two
successful seasons with them. That helped raise his stock for the draft.
In one of his first NHL games, he took a good hit from the Flyers' Bobby Clarke. He made it back to the bench, but was
rushed to the hospital after collapsing.
Despite that, he would stick with the Rockies and garner 3 consecutive 30-plus point seasons.
It was the 80-81 season that the injuries would start to pile up. That year, he broke his nose and cheekbone so bad it
required plastic surgery to repair. It would get worse the following season. He missed the start of the season because
of a back injury suffered in preseason. Later on, he suffered more facial lacerations and more importantly, a concussion.
And he also had chronic shoulder pain. All that reduced him to 5 games that season.
He also only played in 3 games after the team moved to New Jersey. He spent most of that season in the minors, as was
also the case after he signed with the Whalers, but still played in 34 games for them in 2 seasons.
He finished his career with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1986. He was actually forced to retire after suffering a
shoulder injury in a fight with Dale Baldwin of the Fort Wayne Komets that required surgery.
He became a coach briefly, having served on the staff of the IHL's Kansas City Blades in their first season of existence.
Later on, he also was part of the COJHL's Kanata staff.
He was also a regular participant in the Ottawa Senators' Alumni charity games, even though he never played for the
Sens. It helps that his hometown is nearby.
|Entry Draft: 1977 Third Round Pick (47th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise (Same indicators as above.)