September 26, 1967|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
13th overall, 1986|
Craig Harlan Janney (born September 26, 1967) is an American former professional ice hockey center who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League from 1987–88 until 1998–99, when blood clots ended his career prematurely.
Known as an excellent puck-distributing center, Janney averaged nearly one point per game in his NHL career. Janney was drafted in the first round, 13th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and also played in the 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships, 1991 Canada Cup and the 1994 World Ice Hockey Championships for Team USA.
Prior to his NHL career, Janney attended Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticut before attending Deerfield Academy. Janney played for the Boston College Eagles during his collegiate years, and he also played on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team that finished seventh at the Calgary Olympic Games, where he had six points in five Olympic contests.
In 1992, the Boston Bruins traded Janney with Stephane Quintal to the St. Louis Blues for Adam Oates. Two years later, the St. Louis Blues signed restricted free agent Petr Nedved who was in a contract dispute with the Vancouver Canucks. An arbitrator awarded the Canucks a second round draft pick along with Craig Janney. Both teams were not satisfied with the decision and the Canucks traded Janney back for Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican and Nathan LaFayette. In 1995, the St. Louis Blues traded Janney to the San Jose Sharks for Jeff Norton and a conditional draft pick. One year later, Janney was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for Darren Turcotte and a second round draft pick.
His ex-wife, Catherine, is the current spouse of NHL superstar (and former linemate) Brendan Shanahan; it was this that prompted the Blues to trade Shanahan following the 1994-95 season to Hartford for Chris Pronger. In 2004, Craig Janney was honored as having "The Softest Hands in Hockey" by the NHL Alumni Board. On February 13, 2007 Janney was named the interim head coach of the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the CHL. He would finish the season, but the Lubbock Cotton Kings would cease operations at the end of the 2007 season.
Recently, Janney has been appearing on NESN for Hockey East coverage. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his present wife, former model Kim Janney and daughter Barrette Janney.
Janney is a 1996 inductee of the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame.
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||St. Louis Blues||NHL||25||6||30||36||2||6||0||6||6||0|
|1992–93||St. Louis Blues||NHL||84||24||82||106||12||11||2||9||11||0|
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||69||16||68||84||24||4||1||3||4||0|
|1994–95||St. Louis Blues||NHL||8||2||5||7||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||27||5||15||20||10||11||3||4||7||4|
|1995–96||San Jose Sharks||NHL||71||13||49||62||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||38||4||18||22||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||New York Islanders||NHL||18||1||4||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East First Team||1986–87|||
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||1986–87|||
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||1987|||
- "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Boston Bruins first round draft pick
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Scoring Champion