Tom Laidlaw | #2

Tom Laidlaw | #2


Position: D
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215 lbs
Born: April 15, 1958
Birth place: Brampton, ON, CAN
Shoots: Left
Draft: 1978 NYR, 6th rd, 7th pk (93rd overall)
Final Game with the Rangers: March 8,1987 (Rangers vs. Calgary Flames)


Tom Laidlaw played over 700 games as a reliable stay-at-home defenseman in the 1980s. He was an asset to his team’s defensive zone coverage and was capable of jumping up into the offensive rush if an opportunity presented itself.

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Laidlaw was chosen 93rd overall by the New York Rangers after his freshman year at Northern Michigan University in 1977-78. He returned to school for two more years and was named to the CCHA first all-star team in 1979 and 1980 and the NCAA Championship all-tournament team.

The steady blue-liner exhibited poise and grit while playing all 80 games as a rookie in 1980-81. In all, he spent nearly seven years on the Rangers’ defense and became a leader by example on the ice. In March 1987 he was part of the package sent to the LA Kings to land veteran Marcel Dionne. Less than 18 months later he was a member of the club when Wayne Gretzky was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. He continued his consistent work behind his own blueline while feeding his forwards with crisp outlet passes. He retired early in the 1990-91 season after playing four games in the IHL with the Phoenix Roadrunners and later became an agent for a new generation of NHLers.



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