Bring On The Backup Thursday:
We are starting with Wendell Young’s claim to fame. Young’s nickname is “The Ringmaster”, as he is the only player ever to win all 4 Cups over his career. He won the Memorial Cup in 1982 with Kitchener, the AHL’s Calder Cup in 1988 with Hershey, the IHL’s Turner Cup in ‘98 & ‘00 with the Chicago Wolves, and the Stanley Cup as Tom Barrasso’s backup in ‘91 & ‘92.
Drafted by Vancouver 73rd overall in 1981, Young completed his OHL career with a 98-51-2 mark. He started playing professionally in 83-84, but didn’t get his first taste of NHL action until 2 years later. His first chance was with the Canucks in 85-86. He started off well, 2-0-1, but finished with an ended of season record of 4-9-3. He was traded to the Flyers to start the 87-88 season, as he completed the previous season with the Canucks at 1-6-1.
He only got spot starts with Philly, but won an AHL championship as a starter in the AHL with Hershey.
After only 1 season with the Flyers, Young was traded to Pittsburgh and would get his 1st real crack at a backup job in the NHL. He went 12-9-0 in his first go with the Pens, but thanks to an injury to Tom Barrasso in 89-90, he was able to finally prove his worth. That season Young appeared in 43 games, finishing 16-20-3. Back to being a backup, he would be in the right place at the right time, taking home back to back Cups, while watching from the bench with the Pens in 91 & 92.
Claimed by Tampa in the 1992 expansion draft, Young eclipsed the 30 game mark again in 92-93, finishing 7-19-2 in 31 games. By 93-94, he was only getting spot starts for the Bolts. A third wheel by 94-95, Young was traded back to the Pens to help cover for an injured Tom Barrasso, for a 2nd time in his career. He played his final 10 games in the NHL that year, going 3-6-0.
He played professionally until the end of the 2000-01 season, winning 2 IHL championships along the way, retiring at 37 years old.
Final Stat Line:
GP- 187, WLT 59-86-12, Avg 3.94, Spct .876
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