Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mark Young

2 NHL Games

December 11, 1980 Quebec Nordiques vs Boston Bruins. 5-3 win.
December 14, 1980 Quebec Nordiques vs Edmonton Oilers. 6-5 win.

   Mark Young was a star athlete growing up. While starting goal for Holy Cross College he was also captain of their baseball team. The undrafted goalie was courted by several NHL teams but decided to sign with the Quebec Nordiques.
   December 10, 1980 goalie Michel Dion dramatically ended his career as a Quebec Nordique. After allowing 4 early goals he pulled himself from the game and tossed his gloves, mask and stick over the boards. Michel Plasse finished the game but the Nordiques were left a goalie short. They suspended Dion indefinitely. The next day Mark Young was recalled from the minor leagues to dress as backup to Plasse. A couple days later the Nords purchased a new goalie, Ron Grahame, and Young was sent back down to the EHL after two games as an NHL goalie. 
    "The call up against Boston was momentous," said Young. "There was one more bright light night that I sat as back up up, the next night at the Colisee with the Oilers in town.  Another win for the Nordiques in my last touch of professional ice. That would complete the circuit of a home and away experience, one against my home town big bad Bruins and the next night against the best team in the league, the Oilers. The next day Ron Grahame showed up and I was sent back to Erie. Who could ask for more. Two years, two games as a spectator with the best view."

Dec. 12, 1980

Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born -- Randolph, MA
Height 6.01 -- Weight 185 
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1978-79Holy Cross CollegeECAC-22300
1979-80Holy Cross CollegeECAC-22600157186003.288020.903
1980-81Erie BladesEHL41023819004.791111060.848---
1980-81Richmond RiflesEHL61036532015.26---
1981-82Fredericton ExpressAHL300---
1981-82Milwaukee AdmiralsIHL100602002.00100270.931---

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