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Template:Infobox Ice Hockey Player Scott Gruhl (born September 13, 1959 in Port Colborne, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey player.

CareerEdit

Left winger Scott Gruhl was an offensive player who spent parts of three years in the NHL during the 80s. Although his NHL impact was minimal, he was a top goal scorer in college and one of the most productive IHL scorers of all-time.

Born in Port Colborne, Ontario Gruhl spent two years at Northeastern University, then scored 94 points for the OHA's Sudbury Wolves in 1978–79. A few months later he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings and played a handful of games for them.

Beginning in 1979–80, Gruhl was a dominant scorer in the IHL. He scored 56 goals for the Saginaw Gears that season, his first of seven years with at least 40 goals.

In 1984–85, Gruhl was presented the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP after scoring 62 goals for the Muskegon Mohawks. He followed up with 59 goals the next season with Muskegon Lumberjacks. Overall, Gruhl was named to the IHL first all-star team once and second all-star squad three times and played on four Turner Cup champions. He also dressed for six games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987–88 after signing as a free agent. The tricky forward played a couple of years in the ECHL before retiring in 1996. Gruhl left the game as the top goal scorer in the IHL history in terms of combined regular season and playoff totals.

Gruhl's career is profiled with a chapter in the book Journeymen: 24 Bittersweet Tales of Short Major League Sports Careers by Kurt Dusterberg.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Northeastern University NCAA 17 6 4 10 0
1977–78 Northeastern University NCAA 28 21 38 59 46
1978–79 Sudbury Wolves OHA 68 35 49 84 78
1979–80 Saginaw Gears IHL 75 53 40 93 100 7 2 6 8 16
1979–80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 4 1 0 1 6
1980–81 Saginaw Gears IHL 77 56 34 90 87 13 11 8 19 12
1980–81 Houston Apollos CHL 4 0 0 0 0
1981–82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 73 28 41 69 107 4 0 4 4 2
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 2 1 3 2
1982–83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 68 25 38 63 114 12 3 3 6 22
1982–83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 0 2 2 4
1983–84 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 56 40 56 96 49
1984–85 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 62 64 126 102 17 7 16 23 25
1985–86 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 59 50 109 178 14 7 13 20 22
1986–87 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 67 34 39 73 157 15 5 7 13 54
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 55 28 47 75 115 6 5 1 6 12
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 1 0 1 0
1988–89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 79 37 55 92 163 14 8 11 19 37
1989–90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 80 41 51 92 206 15 8 6 14 26
1990–91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 59 23 47 70 109 19 4 6 10 39
1991–92 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 78 44 61 105 196 6 2 2 4 48
1992–93 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 73 34 47 81 290 12 4 11 15 14
1993–94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 28 6 9 15 102
1993–94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 30 15 12 27 85 5 1 4 5 26
1994–95 Richmond Renegades ECHL 49 31 40 71 288 17 9 9 18 68
1995–96 Richmond Renegades ECHL 60 46 39 85 236 7 3 5 8 18
1995–96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 2 0 1 1 0
3 years Totals NHL 20 3 3 6 6

AwardsEdit

  • IHL Second All-Star Team (1980, 1986, 1992)
  • IHL First All-Star Team (1984, 1985)
  • James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1985)

External linksEdit

Template:Persondatafr:Scott Gruhl

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