Ever wonder where your favorite NHL from days gone by ended up? THN.com's Backchecking looks back at the career of former greats and chronicles their life after hockey.

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Backchecking: Lyle Carter

Backchecking: Lyle Carter

by The Hockey News - September 8, 2013 1:50 PM EDT

Despite a few unlucky breaks in his short NHL stint, Carter sees the glass half full. He notched some wins and played with his idol
By David Salter Want to stump your buddies with some hockey trivia? Let them try this one on for size. Name the two goalies who played on the same team in the Newfoundland Senior League and went on to perform with the same NHL franchise.


Backchecking: Jamie Baker

Backchecking: Jamie Baker

by Adam Proteau - August 24, 2013 2:05 PM EDT

Jamie Baker's career includes stories of being starstruck, moments of being awestruck and a pair of obscure records.
Jamie Baker was a hardworking defense-minded center who never felt secure in eight NHL seasons. But he does hold two records: he’s the only NHLer to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Nordiques, and the only one to play his final NHL game in Tokyo, Japan.


Backchecking: Darren Jensen

Backchecking: Darren Jensen

by The Hockey News - August 5, 2013 1:35 PM EDT

Darren Jensen was asked to step up after the Pelle Lindbergh tragedy. And for one year, he gave the Flyers some much-needed relief.
BY GREG OLIVER Darren Jensen was called up to the NHL under the worst of circumstances. The Flyers Vezina Trophy-winning goalie, Pelle Lindbergh, had died in a car crash Nov.


Backchecking: Ab McDonald

Backchecking: Ab McDonald

by The Hockey News - July 20, 2013 9:50 AM EDT

Ab McDonald is one of a dwindling number of Original Sixers who autograph hawkers hound to profit off them when they die
By Geoff Kirbyson It’s not surprising that, with four Stanley Cup rings, Ab McDonald gets about 10 autograph requests a week – until you realize he hasn’t scored a goal in nearly 40 years.


Backchecking: Brad Maxwell

Backchecking: Brad Maxwell

by The Hockey News - March 31, 2013 9:55 AM EDT

Maxwell is happy for the simple life after enduring some of the craziest antics in league lore both on and off the ice
By Richard Kamchen Retirement has brought peace and stability to Brad Maxwell’s life. After seven solid seasons with the Minnesota North Stars to start his NHL career, Maxwell bounced around with four clubs in four years after his All-Star Game appearance in 1983-84.


Backchecking: Bob Froese

Backchecking: Bob Froese

by The Hockey News - March 17, 2013 10:25 AM EDT

Early in his career, Froese learned to keep his eyes on the prize – a lesson he teaches now after trading hockey talk for sermons
BY GREG OLIVER Mentoring came easy to Bob Froese, almost as easy as a kick save. In 1989-90, his final season, the New York Rangers asked him to look after their prize pupil, Mike Richter.


Backchecking: John Slaney

Backchecking: John Slaney

by The Hockey News - March 3, 2013 9:20 AM EST

Slaney’s goal clinched Canada’s first WJC on home soil and launched a long pro career.
BY ROBIN SHORT For all he's done in hockey - the ninth overall draft pick in 1990, a 15-year pro career, 268 NHL games, a pair of top defenseman awards in the American League - John Slaney is remembered for one moment, one goal.


Backchecking: Petr Svoboda

Backchecking: Petr Svoboda

by Adam Proteau - February 18, 2013 10:30 AM EST

The Czech blueliner built a career out of defying the odds. He defected as a teenager and thrived as an undersized NHLer
When a teenaged defenseman named Petr Svoboda made the choice to leave his Czech homeland, it wasn’t with the relatively small consequences endured by Europeans who choose to play hockey in North America today.


Backchecking: Nick Vitucci

Backchecking: Nick Vitucci

by The Hockey News - February 3, 2013 9:15 AM EST

Nick Vitucci never played an NHL game, but he’s the only pro goalie to score on another and he helped build the ECHL
By Brian Liu There have only been 10 NHL goaltenders to score a goal, making it one of the rarest feats in sports. To hit an open net from 200 feet away, everything has to go just right – the opposition net has to be vacated in favor of an extra attacker, the goalie needs time to shoot, sublime accuracy and the temerity to tempt fate (and the gods of icing).


Backchecking: Pavel Kostichkin

Backchecking: Pavel Kostichkin

by Ken Campbell - December 31, 2012 1:58 PM EST

The ‘Punch-up in Piestany’ was a loud moment in Kostichkin’s otherwise quiet career
THEO FLEURY ONCE SAID he played more than 1,000 NHL games and never faced an opponent as strong as Pavel Kostichkin. As Fleury recalls it, Kostichkin had him in a “death grip” during the infamous ‘Punch-up in Piestany’ in 1987.


Backchecking: Syl Apps Jr.

Backchecking: Syl Apps Jr.

by The Hockey News - November 3, 2012 12:50 PM EDT

Syl Apps Jr. was never forced to fill his legendary father’s skates. He was his own man on the ice and has made his mark off it
By David Salter You’d think being the son of the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf in history would put pressure on a young hockey player.


Alexei Gusarov

Alexei Gusarov

by The Hockey News - October 6, 2012 12:45 PM EDT

Alexei Gusarov was a stellar blueliner in his homeland and the NHL. Now, he stays close to the game he adores as a KHL assistant GM
By Denis Gibbons The city was called Leningrad while he was growing up there, as it was in its final months as part of the Soviet Union when he left to play in the NHL in 1990.


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