Centre Chris Tancill was a solid defensive role player on five different clubs in the 1990s. He was a solid playmaker who was solid on faceoffs and a threat to score when shorthanded.
Born in Livonia, Michigan, Tancill spent four years at the University of Wisconsin. After leading the Badgers to the NCAA title in 1990, he was named to the championship tournament's all-star team and named the top player at the competition.
The young pivot was the Hartford Whalers' first choice in the 1989 Supplemental Draft but spent most of his time in the organization as a member of the AHL's Springfield Indians. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in December 1991 and was a top scorer on the club's Adirondack farm team. In 1992-93, Tancill led the AHL with 59 goals and was voted on to the AHL's first all-star team.
After signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars, Tancill was a scoring star in the IHL. He inked a deal with the San Jose Sharks and played 71 games over two seasons with the club. Tancill represented the U.S. at the World Championships in 1996 and 1997 and had a second go in Dallas with the Stars.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame