NATION PROFILE: JEFF BEUKEBOOM

Lowetide
February 15 2013 07:07AM

At 6.05, 230 Jeff Beukeboom was a giant of a man who had no trouble winning battles, clearing the front of the net and disposing of the garbage scorers. He could also pass the puck and play defense, and enjoyed a quality NHL career. 

BEFORE THE DRAFT

Last Team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)                     
Birthplace: Ajax, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Lindsay, Ontario
   
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Newmarket OPJHL 49 5 30 35 218
1982-83 Sault Ste. Marie OHL 70 0 25 25 143

Chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (19th overall) in the 1983 entry draft. He was the first non-goaltender ever drafted in NHL's first round without having scored at least one goal in the season before he was drafted

courtesy hockey draft central

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EARLY CAREER

Beukeboom was drafted in 1983, right at the end of the cluster that began in 1979 and is often considered as being the best 5-year draft cluster by one team in NHL history. The group includes goaltenders Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog, defensemen Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe, Steve Smith and Beukeboom, along with forwards Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, Walt Poddubny, Marc Habscheid, Jaroslav Pouzar and Esa Tikkanen.

Jeff is the nephew of former NHL defenseman Ed Kea, and his cousin is former NHL player (and Dallas GM) Joe Nieuwendyk. They were on opposite sides of the 1980's Battles of Alberta, some of the most vicious hockey in the game's history. 

Because of his exceptional size and wingspan, and his ability to play defense, Beukeboom didn't spend long in the minors despite being drafted by such a strong team in Edmonton. Beukeboom spent a season and a little more in the AHL and then graduated to the NHL. He was an outstanding and fearsome hitter, but he could also play the game, utiliziing his long reach effectively with the poke check and "active stick" on the penalty kill. 

Although very physical and a pim magnet, he did not have the reputation for being a dirty player. 

 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

  • Winner of 4 Stanley Cups (1987, 1988, 1990, 1994)
  • Made his NHL debut in a playoff game, game 2 of Edmonton's first-round playoff series vs. Vancouver on April 10, 1986
  • Suspended by the NHL for the first 10 games of 1988-89 for leaving the bench to join a fight during the Oilers pre-season game at Calgary. 

TRADE

Glen Sather traded Beukeboom to the NY Rangers for David Shaw. This completed the transaction that sent Mark Messier to the Rangers earlier that fall. The Messier portion of the deal was made October 4, while Beukeboom was sent away November 12.  

LEGACY

Despite a long and successful career, Beukeboom is best remembered for the following: 6 concussions, including one in which he was sucker punched from behind by LA King forward Matt Johnson. Three months later he was concussed again by a seemingly minor hit in a game against Carolina.

That injury left him with headaches and trouble concentrating. Jeff Beukeboom's career ended for all intents and purposes moments before the photo above was taken.

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#1 j
February 15 2013, 08:45AM
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He was a beauty. Where have these type of players gone? We could use a couple around here...

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#2 mustang0304
February 15 2013, 09:44AM
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j wrote:

He was a beauty. Where have these type of players gone? We could use a couple around here...

We did have one, his name is Andy Sutton.

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#3 VK63
February 15 2013, 09:53AM
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One of the things I remember about the lumbering Ox was how Theo Fleury used to get inside his helmet. Then again, theo was launching himself at big Jeff like a harpoon heading for a whale.

Good times!

Back when the BOA was an on the ice battle rather than the ... whatever you call it now.... real live animosity and intensity. Twas a beautiful thing.

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#4 Boourns99
February 15 2013, 12:01PM
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Best fight I ever saw live was Beukeboom v Otto in Edmonton. I was row 2 and maybe 8 years old at the time - They were 5 feet in front of us after having come together behind the net. Fight went for (in my mind) 5 minutes and left both guys bloodied, but with Beuk winning handily.

Guy was tough as nails.

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#5 MSG
February 15 2013, 12:51PM
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He was my favorite player growing up. I remember when he was playing with the Rangers and he got into 3 fight in 1 game. I'm probably one of the only people around with a Beukeboom #6 Oilers jersey. Man the Oil could use a guy like him these days.

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#6 Tayranchula
February 15 2013, 06:41PM
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Kyle Bigos is really the only player in the organization with the size and mean streak to possibly play like him. Im really hoping for Bigos to turn out into a useless 6th dman that can kill penalties and play mean making the other team think twice. Thats what Beuk did and why he played so many years in the NHL with the limited offence he deployed.

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