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Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2--Paul Lawless

Paul Lawless

Selected in first round by Hartford Whalers, number 14 overall in the 1982 NHL Draft.

After playing 47 games for Hartford in 1982-83, he struggled the next year and was returned to junior where he earned a spot on the league's second all-star team. By the mid-'80s, he was a solid role player on the improved Whalers and scored 22 goals when the club finished first in the Adams Division in 1986-87.
Lawless lost his place in the line-up early in 1987-88 and ended up skating for the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks before the season was over. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February 1989 but played only a handful of games for his hometown club. In the early '90s, he tried his luck in Switzerland, Italy, and Austria before returning to North America. He spent parts of five seasons in the IHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones and topped the 20-goal mark four straight years. Lawless retired in 1998 after playing one contest for the Austin Ice Bats of the Western Pro League.

1982-1989HAR, PHI, VAN, TOR239497712654

Blue ink signed card. Can't remember if this was IP or TTM.

Posting these cards has brought back a lot of memories. I have star autos but a lot of scrubs. Seeing this card, I now remember the Cooper-alls Hartford wore. I was also thinking, didn't Paul play for Toronto. Indeed he did. Maybe reading some of my posts will bring back memories or maybe you will learn something you didn;t know. At any rate, I'm having fun.

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