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KELLY BUCHBERGER

#16

Right Wing

Born 12/02/1966

Langenburg, SK

Height: 6' 2"

Weight: 210 lbs

Shoots: Right

          Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 9 #188 overall 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

          Claimed by Atlanta Thrashers from Edmonton in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999.

 

Stanley Cup Winner: 1988Stanley Cup Winner: 1990

 OILERS' STATS:

 SEASON:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1987-88

19

1

0

1

81

 1988-89

66

5

9

14

234

 1989-90

55

2

6

8

168

 1990-91

64

3

1

4

160

 1991-92

79

20

24

44

157

 1992-93

83

12

18

30

133

 1993-94

84

3

18

21

199

 1994-95

48

7

17

24

82

 1995-96

82

11

14

25

184

 1996-97

81

8

30

38

159

 1997-98

82

6

17

236

122

 1998-99

52

4

4

8

68

 TOTALS:

795

82

158

240

1,747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PLAYOFFS:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1989-90

19

0

5

5

13

 1990-91

12

2

1

3

25

 1991-92

16

1

4

5

32

 1996-97

12

5

2

7

16

 1997-98

12

1

2

3

25

 1998-99

4

0

0

0

0

 TOTALS:

75

9

14

23

111

 

Buchberger played junior with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. He was chosen 188th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1985 then was sent back for one more year of junior. He played the 1986-87 season with the AHL's Nova Scotia Oilers then dressed for three playoff games when Edmonton won the Stanley Cup. Buchberger played 19 games for the club in 1987-88 but spent most of his time fine-tuning his game in the minors.

 

The rugged forward played his first of eleven years as a regular for the Oilers in 1988-89. He was a solid checker on the 1990 Stanley Cup champions and assumed a more prominent role in the dressing room when veterans Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, and Kevin Lowe left the club. In 1995-96, the popular veteran began a run of four years as team captain when he succeeded Shayne Corson. During the mid-'90s, Buchberger kept battling as the club declined then played a prominent role in the club's resurgence before the end of the decade.

 

In June 1999, Buchberger was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers in the Expansion Draft where his grit and leadership helped the young club be competitive most nights.