Hockey in the 1990s saw a tremendous number of great players and great defenseman, but Phil Housley played at a level that few players have reached. The Saint Paul native played 21 NHL seasons and set records for U.S. born and Minnesota born players.
Housley played hockey at South St. Paul High School before being drafted sixth overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Playing in the NHL straight out of high school, Housley quickly established himself among the elite defenseman in the NHL.
In the 1990s he had his best seasons, tallying 86 points and finishing third in voting for the Norris Trophy in 1991-92, and scoring a career high 97 points in 1992-93. He was selected a Second Team All-Star in 1992, and played in the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 NHL All-Star Games. For the decade, Housley led all Minnesota-born players with 682 games played, 141 goals, 445 assists, 586 points and 61 power-play goals. He remains second all-time in games played for U.S. born players with 1,495 and second in points with 1,232. Of U.S. born players, only Chris Chelios has played more games (1,620), and only Mike Modano has scored more points (1,309).
Housley also finished at the top of offensive categories among NHL defenseman during the 1990s, finishing sixth in goals (141), fifth in assists (445) and fifth in points (586). Housley also leads all Minnesota-born players in career games-played (1,495), assists (894) and points (1,232), and is second all-time in goals with 338.
Since retiring from hockey in 2003, Housley has given back to Minnesota Hockey, taking over as coach for Stillwater High School.
1910s: Frank Winters
1920s: Frank "Moose" Goheen
1930s: Doc Romnes
1940s: Frank Brimsek
1950s: John Mayasich
1960s: Tommy Williams
1970s: Bill Nyrop
1980s: Neal Broten
1990s: Phil Housley
2000s: Jamie Langenbrunner