- Dr. Mike Clairfield:
- Mark Napier:
- Steve Napier:
- Orel Hershiser:
- Brad Hood:
- Robert Cimetta:
- David Harlock:
Mike was both a player and a referee in YMHC during the early years.
Mike subsequently became the Physician for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Mark played in YMHC during the late 1960s. Mark subsequently played for the Toronto Marlies in 1973/74. As an underage junior, he played for the Toronto Toros in 1975 of the WHA, and then in 1976/77 he played for the Birmingham Bulls. Mark was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as the 10th selection in round 1 of the 1977 NHL draft. Mark played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1978 to 1984 winning a Stanley cup with them in 1979, the Minnesota North Stars in 1984, Edmonton Oilers from 1984 to 1986 and Buffalo Sabers from 1986 to 1988. Mark was subsequently the head coach of the Toronto St. Michaels Majors OHL team in 1997 / 98.
Steve played in YMHC during the 1963 to 1964 seasons. Steve went on to play in the NYHL from 1965 to 1967 for York Mills and subsequently played for the Toronto Marlies and Don Mills Flyers within the GTHL. Steve progressed to play for the Junior A Wexford Raiders before finishing his career at Cornell University. Since 1982, Steve has been affiliated with the Markham Waxers.
Orel played in YMHC during the 1973 to 1975 seasons. Orel subsequently was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers from years 1983 to 1994. Orel subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets, before returning to finish his career with the Dodgers in 2000. His best year was in 1988 when he went 23-8 with the Dodgers. He finished with 204 wins and set the MLB record for 59 consecutive scoreless innings.
Brad was a member of the YMHC 1974 Peewee team that participated in the Quebec International Pewee Tournament where the team made it to the semi-finals. Brad went on to captain the Toronto Marlies Major Junior A team for a number of years.
Robert played in YMHC from 1976 to 1981. Robert subsequently played for the Toronto Young Nationals from 1982 to 1985, the Don Mills Flyers in 1985 and the Toronto Marlies from 1986 to 1988. In 1988 he was drafted by the Boston Bruins and played for them from 1989 to 1990 and then the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1990 to 1993.
David started skating at the age of three and began playing organized hockey in York Mills Hockey Club in 1977 at age six. The first house league team David played for was Helen Simpson Flowers and his coach was Bob Armstrong (the father of a neighbourhood friend). David soon began playing select and “A” hockey for YMHC in the North York Hockey League and won several league championships with Seymour Rubenstein as coach. David has many fond memories of YMHC as “this is where it all began”. He had the opportunity to play on teams with some of his closest friends, enjoyed early morning practice in frigid temperatures, and had many fond memories of carrying trophies around the rink. What more could a child ask for?
Upon starting grade seven, David made the jump to “AAA” with the Toronto Red Wings and began attending Crescent School. He played for the Red Wings from Peewee through Midget. During his Bantam season, he was drafted by the Ottawa 67’s but chose not to pursue the OHL route. He then spent one year with the St. Michael’s Buzzers and won a provincial Junior B championship. During that season, David accepted a hockey scholarship to the University of Michigan.
While at Michigan, David had the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament on three occasions and made the Final Four twice. Upon completion of his freshmen season, he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round of the NHL draft. David was a three-time captain at Michigan for only the second time in school history and graduated in 1993 with a liberal arts degree in English.
During his sophomore year of university, David was chosen to represent Canada in the World Junior Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They beat Russia in the final game of the tournament to win a gold medal. Upon graduating from Michigan, David was chosen to represent Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and left the games with a silver medal (Sweden beat Canada in a shootout in the gold medal game).
Upon graduating from Michigan, David signed my first professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. When the Winter Olympics concluded, he was assigned to their minor league affiliate in St. John’s, Newfoundland but was recalled soon after to play his first NHL game against the Dallas Stars. Over the first five years of his career, he played NHL games with Toronto and Washington but spent most of this time in the minors. His first full NHL season was spent in Long Island, New York with the Islanders. Following this season, he was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL expansion draft. David then spent the next three seasons in Atlanta before being traded to Philadelphia where he finished his career playing for their minor league affiliate.
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