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[ALUMNI BIO] Jeff O’Neill

BIRTHDATE: February 23, 1976

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Guelph in the 1st Round of the 1992 OHL Priority Selection – 1st Overall

POST JR. CAREER: Following his junior career, Jeff played for Hartford (NHL), Springfield (AHL), Carolina (NHL), and Toronto (NHL).

STATUS: Retired from professional hockey following the 2006-07 season

POSITION: Right Wing

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lou Embro Memorial Award (1992)
  • CHL All-Rookie Team (1992-93)
  • Wellington Motors Rookie of the Year Award (1992-93)
  • OHL Emms Family Award (1992-93)
  • CHL Top Draft Prospect Award (1993-94)
  • 2x Guelph Storm Top Scorer Award (1993-94, 1994-95)
  • CHL Second All-Star Team (1994-95)
  • Voted in the 1994-95 OHL Coaches Poll as the leagues Smartest Player, Best Playmaker and Best Skater.
  • Gold Medalist with Team Canada, 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship
  • Named a Top-25 Player of All-Time in franchise history
  • All-Time Franchise Stats
    • 1st in Career Points (329)
    • 1st Single Season Points (126)
    • 1st Single Season Assists (81 – Twice)
    • 1st Points by a Rookie (79)
    • 2nd in Career Goals (120)
    • 2nd in Career Assists (209)
    • 2nd in Single Season Points (124)
    • 2nd in Assists by a Rookie (47)
    • 3rd in Goals by a Rookie (32)
    • 6th in Career Playoff Points (43)
    • 8th in Single Season Goals (45)
    • 9th in Single Season Playoff Points (26)
  • First player in Franchise history to have his number honoured in 2015

Drafted in the 1st Round (5th Overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by Hartford Whalers

STATS:

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992-93 Guelph Storm OHL 65 32 47 79 88 5 2 2 4 6
1993-94 Guelph Storm OHL 66 45 81 126 95 9 2 11 13 31
1994-95 Guelph Storm OHL 57 43 81 124 56 14 8 18 26 34
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 8 19 27 40
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 72 14 16 30 40
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 19 20 39 67
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 75 16 15 31 66 6 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 25 38 63 72
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 41 26 67 106 6 1 2 3 10
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes “A” NHL 76 31 33 64 63 22 8 5 13 27
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 30 31 61 38
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes “A” NHL 67 14 20 34 60
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 19 19 38 64
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 20 22 42 54
NHL Totals 821 237 259 496 670 34 9 8 17 37

OHL: Guelph
NHL: Hartford / Carolina / Toronto

Storm’s original first overall pick historic 25 years later

Harvey has mostly fond memories of Jeff O’Neill

Storm honours its best player ever

Jeff O’Neill Tribute Video