When Adam Creighton was drafted 11th overall in 1983 by the Buffalo Sabres, he attracted attention because of his size at 6 foot 5 and 210 pounds. Despite the increased notice, the centre from Burlington, Ont., responded wonderfully in 1983-84 by playing an integral part, along with teammates Don McLaren, Bruce Cassidy, Brad Shaw and goalie Darren Pang, in the Ottawa 67's Memorial Cup championship.
It may have been the high-point of Creighton's hockey career as he was hindered by an assortment of injuries in his following 15 seasons as a pro.
"I wish that was the Stanley Cup," said the 41-year-old Creighton, referring to the 67's big year. "I had a good career. I probably wish I could go back and do a few, little things different. But that happens to everybody.
"I'm not the type of person who looks back. It was a lot of fun. I wish I could still play, but the body wears down. A few knee injuries, bad hips and bad shoulders and a couple of concussions. It can fall apart pretty quick, so you better enjoy it while you are there."
Creighton only reached the 80-game mark twice in his NHL career, but still wound up playing in 708 National Hockey League games with the Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues. He scored 187 goals and 403 points.
After playing his final pro season in Germany with the Augsburg Panthers in 1998-99, Creighton was hired as a part-time amateur scout by the Boston Bruins. He eventually gained a full-time position, and became a pro scout with Boston.
"You have to know everybody in the NHL and the minors, in case your management wants to make a trade, whereas in the amateurs you're only looking at certain players and the group changes every season," he said.