Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 1 #3 overall 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
Gary Nylund appeared to be the complete package on defence when he joined the NHL in 1982. The 6'4" hulk was a punishing hitter whose mobility and passing ability far exceeded most big men in the game. A knee injury suffered as a rookie curtailed his development and he ended up being a solid role player in eleven NHL seasons rather than a star.
After some years as a volunteer firefighter in British Columbia after his retirement from hockey, Nylund became a professional firefighter. He was involved in a major July 31, 2001, fire at a paper products warehouse on Annacis Island, in which he went back into a building burning to rescue two of his trapped colleagues, who were buried under some of the warehouse's cardboard boxes. In June 2003, Nylund and two other firefighters received British Columbia's prestigious Medal of Bravery for their efforts in the warehouse rescue
Received these black sharpie signed cards IP. NHL SloPitch Tourney in Niagara Falls.