Craig W. Wolanin
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 215 pounds
Born: 7.27.67 Grosse Pointe, Michigan
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Quebec Nordiques with future considerations for Peter Stastny, 3.6.90
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1985-86
NJ
44
2
16
18
-7
74
45
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
1986-87
NJ
68
4
6
10
-31
109
68
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1987-88
NJ
78
6
25
31
0
170
113
1
6
7
1
0
1
3
1988-89
NJ
56
3
11
11
-9
69
70
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1989-90
NJ
37
1
8
8
-13
47
35
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
283
16
62
78
-60
469
331
1
8
9
1
0
1
3
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Wolanin was a big guy, and he played that way, too. By that, I just mean that he was adept at clearing his own crease and
eventually becoming a good defensive defenseman.

When he debuted with the Devils in 1985, he became the youngest player (at the time) to ever play for the team at 18
years and 2 months. I think that's still the record.

He also got his name in the books for scoring the first ever goal in Devils' postseason history when he tallied against the
Islanders in Game 1 of that series.

He missed a lot of time the following season (a month) after having surgery on his knee to repair some damaged
cartilage.

He sat as a healthy scratch the first couple weeks of the 89-90 season. He then requested a trade. He would get it, but not
until deadline day. AND for a future HoFer, too.

He would stay with the Nordqiues/Avalanche franchise long enough to win the Stanley Cup in Denver. He would be
traded to Tampa Bay the following summer, but his stay there was very short. He would finish the season with the
Toronto Maple Leafs.

He would only play 10 games with the Leafs in 97-98. His knees had been trouble his entire career, and this time, it was
ACL surgery. He was done in the NHL after that. He would try a comeback with the IHL's Detroit Vipers late the
following season. That lasted 16 regular season games and 11 playoff games.

He went into construction after he retired. He also opened the Summer Chill Hockey School, as well as play in charity
games for the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association. (He never played for the Red Wings, but Grosse Pointe is just
up the road from Detroit.)
Entry Draft: 1985 First Round Pick (3rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1987-88
NJ
18
2
5
7
2
51
16
1
1
2
0
1
1
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
18
2
5
7
2
51
16
1
1
2
0
1
1
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise