Then and Now: Mark Greig

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Drafted in 1990 by the Hartford Whalers, Mark Greig played for 10 different teams in three different leagues over eight seasons before he found his way to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Signed as a free agent in July of 1998, Greig took part in seven games for the Flyers during the 1998-1999 regular season and 67 games for the Philadelphia Phantoms. With a goal and three assists for the Orange and Black, the right winger finished third on the team with 46 points and fourth on the team with 69 points.

Greig suited up for both the Flyers and the Phantoms during the 1999 postseason. He appeared in Games 2 and 3 of the Flyers’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Toronto Maple Leafs posting an assist in the 2-1 Game 2 loss. Philly eventually lost the series in six games. As for the Phantoms, Greig took part in seven games posting a goal and five assists while the club was knocked out by the Rochester Americans in the third round.

The winger played in more games for both squads in the 1999-2000 season, as he played in 11 games for the Flyers and 68 games for the Phantoms. He posted two goals and three assists in the NHL, as well as finishing second on the Phantoms in each of the three major scoring categories with 34 goals, 48 assists, and 82 points. Greig also totaled 116 PIMs.

In the 2000 playoffs, Greig only played for the Phantoms, as he posted three goals and two assists in Philadelphia’s only series of the postseason, a five-game defeat to the Hershey Bears in a best-of-five series in the first round.

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Greig’s third season with the Flyers’ organization panned out similar to his first two campaigns with the club, as a majority of his time was spent with the Phantoms. With one goal and one assist in seven games for the Flyers, Greig led the Phantoms in all three scoring categories. In addition to his 31 goals, which tied him with Michel Picard and Mark Freer for most on the team, Greig had 57 assists and 88 points in the AHL.

For a second straight season Greig spent the entire postseason with the Phantoms. He helped Philadelphia beat the Americans 3-1 in the clubs’ best-of-five first round series before they were defeated in six games by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the second round. The forward participated in each of the Phantoms’ postseason games and recorded five goals along with six assists.

The 2001-2002 season was Greig’s only campaign with the Flyers’ organization where he didn’t play a single game for the Orange and Black, as all 66 of his games were for the Phantoms. For a third straight year Greig was one of the Phantoms’ biggest point producers. In addition to leading the team with 22 goals, Greig finished second on the squad with 37 assists and tied with John Slaney for the team lead in points with 59.

As for the 2002 postseason, the Phantoms swept the Americans in the best-of-three preliminary round before being swept themselves by the Syracuse Crunch in the best-of-five first round. Greig failed to score a single goal for the Phantoms, but registered four helpers while appearing in all five contests.

In Greig’s fifth and final season with Philadelphia, he played in five games for the Flyers and 73 games for the Phantoms.

Greig’s last point in the NHL came on November 16, 2002, as the winger earned the secondary assist on Marty Murray’s first period goal in a 2-2 tie against the Boston Bruins. His last game in the NHL was on January 19th, 2003, a Flyers’ 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

In his final season for the Phantoms, Greig once again found himself at the top of each of the major scoring categories for the team. He recorded 30 goals, which was eight more than Kirby Law who finished second with 22, 44 assists, which was 11 more than Slaney who finished second with 33, and 74 points, which was 31 points more than Peter White who finished second on the team with 43 points.

In May of 2003, Greig left the NHL and joined the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Germany’s highest level of ice hockey. The former Flyer only spent the 2003-2004 campaign with the Freezers, as he was one of the team’s highest point producers. With 14 goals and 23 assists, Greig finished third on the team with 37 points, as only Brad Purdie and Andrew Schneider posted more than the winger.

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With 28 wins in 52 games, the Freezers finished third in the 14-team league and opened the postseason against sixth-seeded Adler Mannheim, a club that boasted former NHLer Rene Corbet. Hamburg won their Quarterfinals’ match-up against Adler Mannheim in six games to face the fifth-seeded Frankfurt Lions in the Semifinals. The Freezers lost the best-of-five series 3-2, as the Lions went on to beat the EHC Eisbaren Berlin 3-1 in the best-of-five Finals. Greig played in all 11 games for Hamburg and posted five goals and six assists.

For the 2004-2005 season, Greig stayed in the DEL, but joined the Kassel Huskies, a club that folded in August of 2010 due to bankruptcy. The team featured former Phantom defenseman Kirk Furey and current Edmonton Oilers’ defenseman Nick Schultz.

In his lone season with the Huskies, Greig finished first on the team with 17 goals and second on the team with 36 points, as forward Daniel Corso led the team with 38 points due to 30 assists.

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Although Greig had a strong season, the Huskies finished last in the league and took on EHC Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, a team that featured goaltender Ty Conklin, in relegation to stay in the DEL. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg beat the Huskies 4-3 in the best-of-seven series, but Greig and his teammates remained in the DEL due to the fact that Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg lost their DEL license due to complications with the building of their new arena. Greig had a goal and two assists in the seven games during relegation.

In July of 2005, Greig signed with his third different DEL team in as many seasons, as the winger joined the Iserlohn Roosters and completed the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons with the club.

In his first campaign with the Roosters, Greig finished third on the team with 42 points, as the squad featured his former Hamburg teammate Purdie and former Kassel teammate Furey along with former Montreal Canadien and Bridgeport Sound Tiger Matt Higgins. Iserlohn missed the 2006 postseason, as they finished 11th in the league with 18 wins in 52 games.

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Greig’s second season with the Roosters was his final season as a player, as he finished fourth on the team with 30 points thanks to 13 goals and 17 assists. The Roosters, who added former Flyer Ryan Ready to the roster, finished 11th for a second straight season missing the playoffs qualifier by one point.

After spending the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons away from hockey, Greig returned to the game by becoming a Flyers’ scout for the 2009-2010 season. The former Flyer and Phantom remained a scout for the organization through the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, as he still holds the position with the franchise.