Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain John Slaney was among the four players named as members of the American Hockey League's 2014 Hall of Fame class, it was announced on Thursday.
A member of the Penguins inaugural team, Slaney played parts of two seasons in Wilkes-Barre, recording 110 points (42+68) in just 89 games. He led the 1999-2000 squad with 30 goals and 60 points in 49 contests, and became the first defenseman to eclipse the 30-goal mark in a season.
In 2001, on the eve of the AHL All-Star Classic in Wilkes-Barre, Slaney was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins’ departing captain took one last bow in front of the home crowd and earned All-Star Game MVP honors with a three-point performance. By season’s end, Slaney had racked up 67 points in 65 games between Wilkes-Barre and the Philadelphia Phantoms, and was voted the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman.
In 2001-02, Slaney was named a team captain for the AHL All-Star Classic held in his native St. John’s, N.L., and went on to capture the Eddie Shore Award again, becoming just the third player ever to win it in back-to-back years. He was a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2003-04 on the strength of 19 goals, 48 assists and a plus-20 rating in 59 games for the Phantoms, and in 2005 he helped Philadelphia to a Calder Cup title.
Slaney made his fifth career All-Star Classic appearance in 2006, and on Jan. 21, 2007, he became the first defenseman in AHL history to reach 500 career points. Slaney, who finished his playing career in Europe, returned to the AHL as an assistant coach with the Portland Pirates in 2011 and remains in that position today.
At the time of his last game, Slaney’s career totals of 166 goals, 353 assists and 519 points were all career records for an AHL defenseman.
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