Shane Churla (born June 24, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He was drafted in the sixth round, 110th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently a scout for the Montreal Canadiens.
June 24, 1965|
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Hartford Whalers (1986–1987)|
Calgary Flames (1987–1989)
Minnesota North Stars (1989–1993)
Dallas Stars (1993–1996)
Los Angeles Kings (1996)
New York Rangers (1996–1997)
110th overall, 1985|
After playing two seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Churla made his professional debut with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers in the 1985–86 season. He made his NHL debut with Hartford in the 1986–87 season, appearing in 20 games. After dressing for two more games with Hartford in the 1987–88 season, he was traded to the Calgary Flames in a multi-player deal.
During the 1988–89 season, the Flames traded Churla to the Minnesota North Stars. He was one of the players selected from the North Stars by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal Draft; however, he was traded back to the North Stars only days later for Kelly Kisio.
Churla remained with the Stars franchise as it moved south to become the Dallas Stars. In the 1995–96 season, Churla moved from Dallas to the Los Angeles Kings, and then again to the New York Rangers. He retired as a Ranger after the 1996–97 season.
In his NHL career, Churla appeared in 488 games. He scored 26 goals and added 45 assists. He also appeared in 78 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring five goals and tallying seven assists. Churla was considered a top enforcer in the NHL. He and Basil McRae were a formidable duo on the Minnesota North Stars at the end of the 1980s. He tallied 2,301 penalty minutes in his NHL career.
Churla is perhaps best remembered for receiving one of the most vicious elbows in NHL history during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, courtesy of Pavel Bure. The elbow was dubbed by Don Cherry as "the mother of all elbows." He was once described by Hartford Whalers General Manager Emile Francis as "having the guts of a slaughter house".
After retirement, Churla continued working in the hockey industry. In 2005, he became a scout for the Dallas Stars, identifying and evaluating draft-eligible players. In 2013, he moved to the Montreal Canadiens in a similar capacity.
Churla's younger brother, Russ, also played in the WHL for one season, but has since retired.
|1983–84||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||48||3||7||10||115||14||1||5||6||41|
|1984–85||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||70||14||20||34||370||9||1||0||1||55|
|1988–89||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||32||3||13||16||278||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||13||1||0||1||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||52||2||3||5||292||7||0||0||0||44|
|1990–91||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||40||2||2||4||286||22||2||1||3||90|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||57||4||1||5||278||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||73||5||16||21||286||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||11||1||2||3||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||10||0||0||0||26||11||2||2||4||14|
|1996–97||New York Rangers||NHL||45||0||1||1||106||15||0||0||0||20|
- "Ex-Stars enforcer Churla joining Montreal as scout". The Jamestown Sun. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- Brough, Jason (November 8, 2012). "How long would Bure have been suspended for elbowing Churla if it happened in the 2012 playoffs?". nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Mighton, Stephen (July 18, 2016). "Top 15 Biggest NHL Goons Of All Time". thesportster.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
Shane Churla may be better remembered for the elbow he received from Pavel Bure, to which Don Cherry dubbed “the mother of all elbows”.
- Molnari, David (26 December 1993). "Everything Is Relative - Or So It Seems". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 16 August 2011.