Alumni Profile: Scott Metcalfe
Scott Metcalfe was a player that brought a little bit of everything to the ice. During his time with the Kingston Canadians from 1983-86 he scored a lot of goals, set up even more goals and spent his fair share of time in the penalty box.
As an OHL rookie, Scott made a splash early and recorded 25 goals to go along with 49 assists and 154 penalty minutes. The following year he saw his goal total increase to 27 and added 33 assists while reducing his penalty minutes to 100. During the 85-86 season he put up an OHL career high 36 goals. He also had a career high in penalty minutes with 213. Scott knew how to make the most of his time on the ice putting up big offensive numbers, despite being in the box more than most players. He was traded to the Windsor Spitfires in his final junior season when he set career highs in assists with 57 and points with 82.
Metcalfe was selected to represent Canada at the 1987 World Junior Championships and given the honour of being named assistant captain. This lead to one of the most talked about events of his career. Team Canada and the Soviet Union had been involved in an intense rivalry for many years in international hockey. This boiled over at the 1987 World Juniors and became known as “The Punch-up in Piestany”. Both teams were ejected from the tournament after their entire teams were involved in a brawl that was so intense they eventually shut the lights off in the building to try and get things under control.
The Edmonton Oilers used the 20th overall pick in the 1985 NHL entry draft to select Scott Metcalfe. During the 1987-88 season he would play two games for the Oilers but would then get traded to the Buffalo Sabres. He would spend the rest of his NHL career in Buffalo’s system, spending the majority of his time with the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
Metcalfe spent time with the Americans from 87-98, with a brief amount of that time spent in Europe from 91-93. He had a cup of coffee in the NHL playing in 19 games, but it was in the AHL that he saw the majority of his success. He won a Calder Cup with the Americans in 1995-96. In total he played 542 AHL games and recorded 146 goals and 231 assists for 377 points. He also had 1511 penalty minutes.
Although he wasn’t given much of a chance at the NHL level, Scott Metcalfe had impressive numbers everywhere he played. Along with being able to call himself a Calder Cup champion, he is one of only 13 players that played for the Kingston Canadians to be drafted in the first round of the NHL draft.