Mark Lawrence (ice hockey)

Mark Jay Lawrence (born January 27, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played in the National Hockey League for the Dallas Stars and the New York Islanders.

Mark Lawrence
Born (1972-01-27) January 27, 1972 (age 49)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Dallas Stars
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 118th overall, 1991
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1992–2003

BiographyEdit

Lawrence was born in Burlington, Ontario. As a youth, he played in the 1985 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Burlington.[1]

Lawrence was drafted 118th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He had a spell in the East Coast Hockey League with the Dayton Bombers and three seasons in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Kalamazoo Wings.[3]

He made his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars, playing two games during the 1994–95 NHL season. He played 13 more games for the Stars the next season before moving to the New York Islanders in 1997 as a free agent. He received more ice time with the Islanders with his best season coming in 1998–99, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 60 games. In all, Lawrence played 142 regular season games, scoring 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points and collected 115 penalty minutes.[3]

In 2001, he returned to the Kalamazoo Wings who were now in the United Hockey League. He joined as a player/assistant coach, but missed a majority of the 2001–02 season due to a knee injury. In February 2002, he became interim head coach of the Wings for the remainder of the 2001–02 season, replacing Dennis Desrosiers, but only won 5 of 22 games as the Wings failed to make the playoffs. He played one more season with the Wings before retiring.[3]

In 2015, he was hired as the head coach of the West Michigan Wolves, a Tier III junior team in the North American 3 Hockey League, after six seasons as a youth coach in West Michigan.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  2. ^ "1991 NHL Entry Draft". HockeyDatabase.com. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Lawrence Hockey Stats and Profile". HockeyDatabase.com. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "34 in 34: West Michigan Wolves". NA3HL. August 31, 2015.

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