Is Tom Glavine the only hockey player who was drafted by the NHL, but went on to play another professional sport?


Top 10 Best Hockey Players of the 1980s

The 1980s are known as the Golden Age in professional hockey. It was during this decade that some of the most legendary players to ever hit the ice took to the stage. Many of the most crucial moments in hockey got started during this period.

Although many of these players continued to play well into the 1990s, and even the 2000s, there was nothing quite like the rivalries, wins, and losses of the 80s.

The decade started off with the Miracle on Ice, in which the US Olympic team took on the Soviet team and won. Although most of the NHL players on this list were not playing during that game, it set a precedent for what an awesome period in hockey history it would become.

Read on to learn more about the top 10 best hockey players of the 1980s.

10. Mike Bossy

Michael Bossy is a Canadian member of the NHL who played hockey for the New York Islanders. He was born on January 22, 1957 in Montreal,...

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Tom Glavine threw a curve ball to NHL teams shortly before the 1984 draft when he let it be known that he was fully committed to playing pro baseball.

Wednesday's announcement that Glavine had been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame unlocked memories about how several NHL teams had hoped to have the opportunity to persuade Glavine to play professional hockey.

MORE: Glavine makes baseball Hall

"He was a great athlete, great hands and could score goals. He was one of the best high school players in the country," said Anaheim Ducks vice president David McNab, who was a Hartford Whalers scout in 1984.

McNab said Glavine had a "John LeClair-like type of rating" during his senior year at Billerica Memorial High School in Massachusetts.

"I'm not saying he would have been (retired 50-goal scorer) John LeClair," McNab said. "But as Glavine's senior year went on, he got better and better. Back then, we didn't know as much about the players."


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The Associated Press recently reported that Atlanta Braves retired pitcher Tom Glavine is interested in forming an investment group to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers and keep them in Georgia.

The Thrashers have discussed the purchase requirements with several interested parties including a group including former NHL player Anson Carter but continue to speak with interested parties.

The current ownership desires to keep the team in Atlanta if at all possible.

According to the article Glavine told a local radio station that he hopes to organize an ownership group.

Bruce Levenson, one of the lead investors said, “Like us it is my understanding that he (Glavine) would like to see the team remain in Atlanta and has indicated such to people in our organization.”

Tom Glavine played hockey growing up in Massachusetts and was drafted in the NHL by the LA Kings and MLB by the Atlanta Braves. He elected to play baseball and pitched for both the New York Mets...

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Canadian Major-Junior Player of Year: 1983-84 (Laval)
World Junior Championships: 1983 (bronze medal)
QMJHL Briere Trophy (MVP): 1983-84 (Laval)
Molson/Cooper QMJHL Player of Year: 1983-84 (Laval)
QMJHL Lafleur Trophy (Playoffs MVP): 1983-84 (Laval)
QMJHL Best Professional Prospect: 1983-84 (Laval)
QMJHL Beliveau Trophy (Points Leader): 1983-84 (Laval) (282)
QMJHL All-Star First Team: 1983-84 (Laval)
QMJHL All-Star Second Team: 1982-83 (Laval)
QMJHL All-Star Game: 1984 (Laval)
Laval Captain: 1983-84
Major Junior Records: Most points in one season (282 for Laval in 1983-84), most goals in one season (133 for Laval in 1983-84), most consecutive games with at least one point (61 for Laval from Sept. 16, 1983, to Feb. 22, 1984), fastest 50 goals from start of season (27 games for Laval in 1983-84, shares record)
QMJHL Records: Most points in one season (282 for Laval in...
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Have you ever wondered what NHLers do in the summer time?

Golf and intense off-ice training pre-occupy much of their time. Undoubtedly the former is more enjoyable than the latter. Spending precious time with the family as well as fishing and traveling are common nowadays too. In these times of early unrestricted free agency, packing up and moving to a new city is a good possibility, too.

Times sure have changed over the years. In the old days players would tend to the family farm or work at a summer job to make ends meet.

In today's day and age of million dollar contracts, working in the off-season isn't necessary, though a few do. Sean Avery interned at Vogue one summer. Frank Musil once worked in a slaughter house.

A popular form of recreation used to be softball tournaments. Even up until the 1990s it was common for teams to organize charity slow-pitch games in the off-season with some regularity.

Needless to say, to be a...

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Thank you. My first order of business that everybody told me, "when you get up here, just take a deep breath". So (pause) okay, I'm good.

What an honor and a privilege it is to be here today as an inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I want to thank the baseball writers for voting for me. I want to thank Jane Forbes Clark, Jeff Idelson, Brad Horn, Whitney Selover, and all the folks at the Baseball Hall of Fame for making this an unbelievable experience for me and my family.

Little did I know, as a kid, when I used to think it was a good idea to stand on the front porch of my parents' house and throw snowballs over the trees, trying to hit cars passing by. Little did I know how far my left arm was gonna take me at that time. Needless to say, there was one passerby that was less than pleased with my accuracy. He had a conversation with my mom. The "wait until your dad gets home" scenario played out, and after a good talking to, needless to say, my snowball throwing...

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This is a list of various drafts that have occurred in both the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association. They are divided up into three categories:


The NHL Amateur Draft was instituted in 1963 in order to break the existing NHL teams' monopoly on junior players, which they had gained by the NHL Sponsorship System. Prior to the Amateur draft players were claimed by NHL teams based on the junior teams they played for. If an NHL team sponsored a junior team and a player was on that team, their rights belonged to the NHL team and the player could not play for any NHL team except the sponsor.

However, the first few years of the NHL draft were still affected by the sponsorship system since sponsored players were not eligible to be drafted. It was not until the 1969 draft that all remnant effects of the sponsorship system were eliminated.

Amateur drafts typically involve players who have reached a minimum age. Although most players in...

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Yes, there are answers to this question.

Eric Lindros was a Toronto Blue Jays prospect.

Jarome Iginla - Played baseball for the Canadian national junior team. Not sure if he was ever drafted by MLB, though.

Carl Voss - Hockey Hall of Fame inductee won Calder Memorial Trophy and Stanley Cup while in the NHL, also played football for the Queen's Golden Gaels, winning the Grey Cup. He, along with Lionel Conacher is one of only two people to have their names on both the Stanley Cup and Grey Cup. Connacher also played professional lacrosse.

Jeremy Yablonski - Professional hockey player in Europe and North America, who played one NHL game for the St. Louis Blues, fought professionally in MMA XFS (Extreme Fight Series). He was also a one time, novice Golden Gloves boxing...

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Boston Bruins Carlton Award (Top E. Mass. H.S. Player): 1983-84 (Billerica)
Merrimack Valley Conference MVP: 1983-84 (Billerica)
Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star First Team: 1981-82,
1982-83, 1983-84 (Billerica)
Miscellaneous: Attended Billerica Memorial High School in Billerica, Mass. ... Won Merrimack Valley Conference Large Division title with Billerica in 1984. ... Had 232 points and 111 goals in his high school career at Billerica. ... Also was outfielder/pitcher on Billerica's varsity baseball team, leading Billerica to Division I North title and Eastern Massachusetts championship in 1983. ... Was four-year honor roll student at Billerica and member of National Honor Society. ... Worked as CYO volunteer during off-seasons of his high school career and also coached youth hockey and baseball in Billerica. ... Was presented John Carlton Memorial Trophy by Boston Bruins...
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Thomas Michael "Tom" Glavine (born March 25, 1966) is an American retired professional baseball player. A pitcher, Glavine played in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. He was the MVP of the 1995 World Series as the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians.

With 164 victories during the 1990s, Glavine earned the second highest amount of wins as a pitcher in the National League, second only to teammate Greg Maddux's 176. He was a five-time 20-game winner and two-time Cy Young Award winner, and one of only 24 pitchers (and just 6 left-handers) in major league history to earn 300 career wins.

On January 8, 2014, it was announced that he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility with 91.9%.[1]

Glavine also played ice hockey alongside baseball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, after scoring 47 goals and 47 assists in 23 high school games.

Early years[edit]

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All-time baseball great Tom Glavine was inducted into that sport's Hall of Fame today, but 29 years ago he was an NHL draft pick who was selected long before Hockey Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. In an article that originally ran in 2010, Glavine talks about choosing baseball for his career and his passion for the game of hockey.

Today, long-time MLB pitcher Tom Glavine was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. But 29 years ago, he was drafted in the fourth round by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Glavine talks about choosing baseball as his career and his long-standing passion for hockey.

This story was originally written June 15, 2010. The Atlanta Thrashers are still defunct.

It’s one of hockey’s strange tales. Back in 1984, a little-known left-hander from Massachusetts was selected in the fourth round (69th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings, the same year he was picked in the second round (47th overall), by the Atlanta...

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One of the greatest pitchers of his generation, Tom Glavine allowed just one hit against Cleveland in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series as the Braves won 1–0 to clinch Atlanta's first, and only, World Series title. Glavine captured the World Series MVP trophy. The two-time Cy Young Award winner entered the Hall of Fame in 2014. But as he recalls in Inside Pitch, Glavine was also a top hockey prospect. The Los Angeles Kings drafted him in the fourth round -- five rounds before selecting future Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

Hockey was as much a part of growing up in Billerica as going to church every Sunday. As with most other kids, as soon as I was old enough my parents bought me skates and brought me to the rink to skate. Or I'd go over to the pond down the street or to Nuttings Lake. I always had a hockey stick in my hand, whether it was for ice hockey or the many street games on the weekends from early morning until darkness.

I went to games at the Hallenborg...

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Spare yourself the google search, Tom Glavine is the only player drafted by an NHL team that was drafted in another sport.

Most players drafted have been Canadian and European. The CHL setting doesn't allow a player to play basketball and football at the same time, and most European players play soccer. Prior to 1994, MLB didn't allow non-American based players to be drafted (they had to be signed as free agents). So, the opportunities to be cross-drafted were slim. An American such as Glavine who played both high school hockey and baseball and excelled at both was a rarity.

Danny Ainge played 3rd base his first year as a Blue Jay, and 2nd base his last two years.

He made the right choice choosing basketball!

People are forgetting John Elway, 1st round choice by the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Colts (whom he refused to play for and demanded to be traded)

Lindros wasn't even unique in what he did. The reason that Lindros got blown out of...

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These six men found themselves at a crossroads in their life, one path paved in ice, the other in grass. In the end, they all picked the greener pastures of baseball.

Few are good enough to get drafted by an NHL team. Even fewer are so gifted that they can choose between a potential career in either the NHL or Major League Baseball. While hockey is the more exciting sport to play, baseball has a better upside for the athletes: the pay is higher, the risk of injury is lower and you get to work outdoors. Each of these men found themselves at a crossroads in their life, one path paved in ice, the other in grass. In the end, they all picked the greener -- literally and figuratively -- pastures of baseball, but for different reasons.

NHL: Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 4th round (64 overall) in 1981
MLB: Drafted by the California Angels in the 4th round (88 overall) in 1982 McCaskill had every intention of pursuing a career in hockey, but one...

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A multi-sport athlete is an athlete who competes at a high level in two or more different sports. Most athletes play two or more sports from a young age – especially in high school – before deciding to concentrate on just one sport.

List of athletes[edit]

Below is a list of multi-sport athletes who have played in at least one sport professionally, listed by primary athletic occupation, with notes on their secondary sport(s).


Bo Jackson- player for the Kansas City Royals in the MLB and for the Oakland Raiders in the NFL Troy Aikman – drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1985. Morten Andersen – played on Denmark's junior national soccer team. Chris Bahr – played soccer for the Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League and was Rookie of the Year in 1974.[1] Matt Bahr – played soccer for the Colorado Caribous and Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League.[2] Terry Baker – in the 1962–63 school year at...
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