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"The Skinny" … on the Openers By Eric Hornick The NHL released the schedule for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday.  It'...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Skinny on 1-game wonders: Campanale has a chance...

...to become the first Islander since Richard Kromm (1-12-93) to play only one
game for the team in an NHL season and score a goal.  Kromm actually had a goal
and two assists in an 8-2 rout of Calgary -- the only NHL game he played in
1992-93 (and his final one in the NHL).  It was one of eight games Kromm played
for the Isles over three seasons after spending the 1989-90 season in Sweden;
Kromm played the rest of those seasons for the Capital District Islanders
(AHL).  Kromm of course was acquired in the trade that sent John Tonelli to
Calgary in 1986.

The only other Islander to score a goal in his only regular season game for the
Isles in a season was Greg Gilbert, who did it in his first NHL game (December
15, 1981 - a 10-7 win over Quebec at the Coliseum).  Gilbert would also get into
four playoff games that spring-- scoring a goal and setting Butch Goring up for
another one.

No defensemen in Isles history has ever played a single game in a season and
scored a goal. The last defensemen in the NHL to do so was Bruno St. Jacques. 
Like Kromm, St. Jacques was playing in his final NHL game when he did it for the
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on October 16, 2005.

Entering this season, only two players since expansion had scored a goal in the
only NHL game of their career: Brad Fast (Carolina in 2004) and current NHL
official Dean Morton (Detroit in 1990).  [Carson McMillan scored a goal in his
NHL Debut for Minnesota on Sunday; the only game that he has played to date.]
 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on
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