Craig Janney (Hartford, Conn.), one of the most legendary playmakers of his era, skated 12 years in the NHL after being selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 13th overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.
Among American-born skaters in the NHL, Janney ranks first in career assists per game (0.741) and fourth in points per game (0.988) while his 563 assists are 11th all-time. In 760 career NHL games, the Hartford, Connecticut, native registered 188 goals and 563 assists for 751 points while playing for seven teams (Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders).
During his time in Boston, Janney helped the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals in both 1988 and 1990. Prior to the NHL, Janney skated two seasons with the Boston College men’s ice hockey program. In his second campaign (1986-87), the Deerfield Academy (CT) product was a Hobey Baker Finalist after setting Hockey East Association single-season records in points (74) and assists (51). In total that season (1986-87), Janney recorded 83 points (28-55) in 37 games played.
Internationally, Janney represented the United States on six occasions, highlighted by helping the U.S. get to the finals of the Canada Cup in 1991 and also earn its first-ever medal (bronze) at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1986. He also played for Team USA in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games after spending the season as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team leading up to the Games. In addition, Janney competed in two IIHF Men’s World Championships (1987, 1994) and the 1985 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was selected to represent the U.S. in the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship but could not play due to mononucleosis. All total, Janney registered 26 points, including 15 goals and 11 assists, while donning a Team USA sweater.