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Dave Andreychuk. The Early Years of the Future Hockey Hall of Fame Player. Lunch box player hails from lunch box city of Hamilton Dave Andreychuk was born on September 29th, 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario and is the son to Julian and Roz Andreychuk

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the early years of the future hockey hall of fame player
The Early Years of the Future Hockey Hall of Fame Player
  • Lunch box player hails from lunch box city of Hamilton
  • Dave Andreychuk was born on September 29th, 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario and is the son to Julian and Roz Andreychuk
  • At a young age, Dave showed his love for hockey by often eating his dinner on the front steps so he could get back to the hockey game taking place on the outdoor rink across the street 
  • His parents were both steel workers and had to scratch and claw for everything they had but luckily for Dave, there was an outdoor rink right across the street where he would go after school and play hockey

The Formative Years

  • Dave was raised in a devout Catholic household
  • At one time, his mother thought he had a vocation to be a priest
  • Dave attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary and St. Jean Brebeuf Catholic High School
  • Unlike many children today, he did not start playing organized hockey at a very young age
  • At the age of 8–9, Dave was one of the smallest kids on the team but when he was 12-13, he became tall and lanky
  • Although Dave was not a fast skater or the best player, he had a great work ethic and loved the game of hockey

The Early Years of the Future Hockey Hall of Fame Player

  • As a teenager, Dave enjoyed working part-time at a local veterinary clinic
  • During his formative years, he also played baseball, football and lacrosse
  • At the age of 16,Dave was selected in the 5th round by the Oshawa Generals of the O.H.L.
  • Dave did not have high expectations when he packed his hockey equipment for the tryouts in Oshawa
  • Thinking that he would be away for theweekend, Dave told the veterinarian that he would see him on Monday

Life as a Major Jr. A Player in the O.H.L.

  • Soon after his arrival in Oshawa during the Fall of 1980, Dave underwent a major change in mindset
  • Dave was no longer just satisfied to make the team
  • He wanted to be the best player on the team
  • Dave scored 58 goals during the 1981-82 season
  • He was selected as one of Canada’s best junior players and
  • played internationally at the World Junior Tournament
  • Dave scored 6 goals in 7 games, and the Canadian Junior hockey team won the bronze medal in 1982-83

Drafted by Buffalo in the 1st Round

  • In 1982, Dave was a first round draft choice of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Being drafted by a team so close to home was ideal for Dave as a young 18-year old
  • Although Dave was nervous at training camp, he scored 4 goals in an intra squad game
  • Dave scored a goal in his very first N.H.L. game
  • He scored 38 goals during his rookie season
  • It did not take long for Dave to establish himself as a natural goal scorer with soft hands in front of the net

Making the Rounds in the N.H.L.

  • Dave enjoyed 10 productive seasons with the Buffalo Sabres
  • In a multi-player deal, he was traded even closer to home in Toronto during the 1992-93
  • Playing on the power play with Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, Dave broke Frank Mahovlich’s team record by scoring 53 goals
  • In 1995-96, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils
  • As a free agent, Dave signed with the Boston Bruins in 1999-2000
  • He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2000
  • 2000-01, Dave had a brief stint back in Buffalo
  • Dave signed as a free agent and capped his career with the Stanley Cup with Tampa, 2001-2006

Dave Andreychuck as Viewed by his Peers

  • “Dave has unbelievable golden hands and could put the puck in from anywhere on the ice.”
  • Buffalo Sabre trainer, Rip Zimonick
  • “He has heart, dedication and a lot of desire.”
  • Team mate, Tim Taylor
  • “I love ‘dat’ guy!”
  • New Jersey Coach, Jacques Lemaire

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup Championship Season

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning had solid goaltending and a nucleus of three talented, young snipers: Vincent Lecavalier, Marty St. Louie and Brad Richards
  • Dave brought needed leadership and direction to this young team
  • As team captain, he always led by example on and off the ice
  • Dave introduced a unique team ritual where players were fined if they stepped on the team logo in the dressing room
  • This helped create heightened focus and respect

Dave Andreychuck’s Lasting Legacy

  • Dave holds the N.H.L. record for career power play goals with 270
  • 11th for most goals scored in N.H.L. history with 640
  • 5th most games played in N.H.L history with 1,639
  • He established a charitable foundation to help disadvantaged youth
  • Dave spends thousands of hours annually at charity events in both Canada and the United States