Geoff's Bio
Geoff Sanderson was born in the North West Territories on February 1, 1972 .  Sanderson played his junior hockey with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League. In his first season of junior hockey, 1988-1989, his team won the Memorial Cup, the Canadian Major Junior Championships. In 1990, he was drafted 36th overall by the Hartford Whalers. Sanderson made his NHL debut at the end of the 1990-91 season and is one of the few players that have scored a goal in their NHL debut. His came on March 30, 1991 against the Buffalo Sabres. After playing in 64 games in his first full season for the club in 1991-92, he registered career highs in goals (46), assists (43), and points (89) in 1992-93. Sanderson spent his first six NHL seasons with Hartford and played half a season with the franchise when they moved to Carolina in 1997. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in January 1998 and a little over a month later was sent to the Buffalo Sabres and was a big part of their near successful Stanley Cup run. He was the Sabres' best offensive player during the playoffs, scoring the game winning goals in the opening games of the conference finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Stanley Cup finals against the Dallas Stars. Left unprotected by Buffalo during the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, Sanderson joined the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored 30-plus goals in 2000-01 and 2002-03 and scored the teams first hattick in franchise history for Columbus. He returned to Vancouver at the trade deadline in 2003-04 and was reclaimed by Columbus off waivers in the off-season which was a condition of the trade. Geoff played 9 games in Switzerland for Geneva during the lockout season of 2004-05. This was the second time Geoff played in Europe as he also played for HPK of the Swedish Elite League back in the strike shortened 1994-95 season. Once the 2004-05 NHL lockout came to an end, Sanderson was traded two games into the 2005-06 season to the Phoenix Coyotes. After scoring 25 goals in 75 games with Phoenix, Sanderson signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers where he played the 2006-07 season. In 2007 Geoff was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. As of 2009 Geoff has not been signed to a contract from an NHL team and is currently not actively playing.



STATS
Position: Left Wing
Last Team: Edmonton Oilers
Uniform Number: 8
Years in League: 18 
Age: 36 
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Selection: 36th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: Hartford Whalers
NHL Debut: Mar 30, 1991 vs Buffalo Sabres
First Goal: Mar 30,1991 vs Buffalo Sabres (Clint Malarchuk)
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