Dave Andreychuk Biography, Age, Wife | Children, Playing career, Post-retirement

Dave Andreychuk Biography

Dave Andreychuk (born September 29, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning.

He is one of the highest scoring left wingers in NHL history and is the league’s all-time leader in power-play goals with 274. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

Dave Andreychuk Age

He was born on September 29, 1963, in HamiltonOntario, Canada. He is 55 years old as of 2018.

Dave Andreychuk Wife | Children

Andreychuk and his wife Sue have three daughters; the family resides in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his appointment in the Lightning’s front office, Andreychuk and his family resided in East Amherst, New York.

Following his retirement from professional sport, Andreychuk also founded the Dave Andreychuk Foundation as a way of giving back to the community. The foundation has two branches, a Canadian one in Andreychuk’s home town of Hamilton, Ontario, and a U.S. one in Tampa, Florida where he currently lives. The goals of the foundation are three-fold: 1. Assist children in need, 2. Support causes for children and families enduring chronic and/or life-threatening illness, and 3. Encourage the investment of youth and amateur sports.

Dave Andreychuk Playing career

Dave Andreychuk was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres from the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and played his first NHL season in 1982–83. He went on to play 11 seasons in Buffalo before being traded on February 2, 1993, with Daren Puppa, and a 1993 first-round pick (Kenny Jönsson) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Grant Fuhr and a conditional 1995 fifth-round draft pick.

He played for the Leafs until 1995–96 when he was traded to the New Jersey Devils, where he stayed until 1999. After New Jersey, he had short stints with the Boston Bruins (1999–2000), Colorado Avalanche (2000), and Buffalo Sabres (2000–01), before settling with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02 to 2005–06).

His best season offensively was in 1993–94 when, with Toronto, he posted 53 goals and 99 points. The 1993 and 1994 playoffs also saw Andreychuk and the Maple Leafs advance to the Conference Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks, respectively.

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As a result of his successful stint with the team, many Maple Leafs’ fans still affectionately refer to him simply as “Uncle Dave”.[citation needed] Andreychuk referred to the famed 1993 run in particular as particularly heartbreaking, as Toronto was eliminated in game seven negating the chance of a Toronto-Montreal Stanley Cup Final in the league’s 75th anniversary season.

In the 2001–02 NHL season, Andreychuk made a shocking move which would pay dividends in the long run. Rather than sign with a Stanley Cup contender, he signed with the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning, to which he was able to bring some much-needed veteran leadership.

The Lightning again missed the playoffs that season, and Andreychuk refused trades to contenders, stating his work with the team was not finished. In 2002–03, Lightning head coach John Tortorella appointed Andreychuk the captain, (succeeding Vincent Lecavalier, who was stripped of the captaincy after the 2000–01 season) and Andreychuk promptly led the Lightning to the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

In the 2003–04 NHL season, Andreychuk continued as a key contributor for the Lightning offence, reaching 20 goals for the third consecutive year with the team. Qualifying for the playoffs for a second consecutive year, Andreychuk helped the Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Andreychuk went 22 years without being on a Stanley Cup championship team, tying the NHL record with Ray Bourque for the longest career before doing so (Andreychuk had played 1597 regular-season games to that point, and only Bourque had played more career games before being on his first Stanley Cup-winning team). Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Andreychuk returned to the Lightning for the 2005–06 season. After the year off, Andreychuk’s contributions decreased and on January 10, 2006, he was waived by the Lightning, bringing an end to his career.

Dave Andreychuk Post-retirement

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On October 1, 2006, Andreychuk rejoined the Lightning as a Community Representative. In 2005, the city of Hamilton renamed the Mountain Arena, following renovations, the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena & Skating Centre in his honour. On November 28, 2008, he was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

On February 4, 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning named Andreychuk as their Vice President in charge of fans. He currently serves as the Lightning’s Vice President of Corporate & Community Affairs.

Dave Andreychuk Hall Of Fame

TORONTO (AP) — Dave Andreychuk sensed his numbers would be good enough to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He just had to stay patient.

Andreychuk retired in 2006 after a 23-year NHL career, and his 640 goals make him the 14th-highest scoring player. Of the 17 retired players to hit the 600-goal mark, he was the only one not in the Hall other than co-inductee Teemu Selanne despite being eligible for induction since 2009. Selanne became eligible this year.

”I think 600 goals on the resume, it’s got to happen eventually,” Andreychuk said. ”To be honest, when I look at the time it took to get in it just makes it sweeter. I think the numbers speak for themselves. You just hope your time will come.” Andreychuk joined the Hall on Friday a with NHL greats, Mark Recchi, Selanne and Paul Kariya and Canadian women’s star Danielle Goyette. Longtime Canadian university coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs entered in the builder category.

An induction ceremony was scheduled for Monday night. The 54-year-old Andreychuk – who was drafted in 1982 by Buffalo and made stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay – was driving on a Florida freeway to pick up his wife from the airport when he got the call.

”My heart started to race right away. I immediately hung up and called my father,” said Andreychuk, noting he pulled off the road to take the call. ”My mother did most the talking, saying `It was about time,’ but my father was crying at the same time.” The long wait never rattled the man described by his peers as a natural leader. Andreychuk went 22 seasons before lifting the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay.

”It’s like winning the Stanley Cup,” he said. ”You’ve been dreaming about it all your life but you don’t know how you’re going to react until it happens.” Andreychuk is still the career leader for power-play goals with 274. Most came from in front of the net, with his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame paying the price. He earned his paycheck by being a goalie’s nightmare.

”It started in junior, 16, 17 years old,” he said. ”You realize that’s where my bread and butter was going to be. Not a lot of pretty goals, to be honest. Not sure if there’s a highlight-reel goal.” Andreychuk played 1,639 games in the NHL and had 19 seasons with at least 20 goals, with a career-high 54 in 1992-93 with Toronto.

Former Maple Leafs teammate Doug Gilmour once said part of Andreychuk’s secret to success was his ability to create a better scoring opportunity by intentionally placing a shot at a goalie’s pad and then collecting his own rebound. ”Absolutely, it’s very true,” Andreychuk said. ”Players I played with knew what was happening. I did it on purpose.”

Andreychuk spent the first 11 seasons in Buffalo and it disappointed him that the Sabres’ quality teams in the late 1980s couldn’t deliver in the playoffs. A trade to Toronto in 1993 placed him on a line with another Hall of Famer in Gilmour, which turned into back-to-back 50-goal seasons and two conference final appearances with the team he cheered for growing up in Hamilton. ”Childhood dream to put the Leafs jersey on. Hard to believe a 30-year-old guy could walk into a dressing room and still shake,” Andreychuk said.

Retiring without a Stanley Cup looked possible for Anderychuk after 19 seasons. But in 2001, at 37, he signed with Tampa Bay and it all came together. He would spend four years with the Lightning, the final three as captain, and won his only Cup. He still has a leadership role with the organization as the team’s vice president of corporate and community affairs.

Andreychuk was originally drafted 16th overall by Buffalo general manager Scotty Bowman, who compared the 18-year-old to Hall of Famer Phil Esposito. Now, Esposito and Andreychuk have statues outside Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay – Esposito for being a co-founder of the franchise and Andreychuk for bringing the city its first Cup. Andreychuk said it took more than skill to rack up 1,338 points, win a Stanley Cup and get his plaque in the Hall. ”Some of its God-given talent and some of it you work at … It paid off for me,” he said.

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