Al Iafrate Signed 2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions Hockey Card - Toronto Maple Leafs
Al Iafrate Signed 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Card - Toronto Maple Leafs - All-Star
Albert Anthony Iafrate (born March 21, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League between 1984 and 1998. He is perhaps most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal. Iafrate was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and grew up in Livonia, Michigan.
Iafrate was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft after a standout career with the Detroit Compuware Spitfires and a short but distinguished stay with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Iafrate played for Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals.
Iafrate dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee, sciatic nerve damage in his back, and a ruptured appendix. Because of injuries, Iafrate missed all of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, and played fewer than 70 NHL games after his 28th birthday, retiring after the 1997-98 season at age 32. Iafrate attempted comebacks during the 1998–99 and 2001–02 seasons, although these comebacks ended during training camp.
Iafrate was previously involved with the research and development department with Warrior Hockey and is currently with BASE Hockey LP as a pro analyst. Iafrate is also the lead consultant for shooting and hockey sticks for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
Selected to four NHL All-Star Games: 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994. Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1992-93.