Position: Defense

Born: March 30, 1969

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Height: 6'1"  Weight: 189 lbs.

Shoots: Left

Drafted by Buffalo, 10th Round, 194th Overall,
     1989 NHL Entry Draft

Seasons with Buffalo: 1993-94 to 1995-96

Uniform Numbers: 33, 21

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the July 13, 1987 trade that sent defenseman Tom Kurvers to the New Jersey Devils.

Astley played out his college eligability with Lake Superior State, where he showed great promise as an offensive defenseman.  As a junior in the 1990-91 season, Astley scored 19 goals and 27 assists, and was first amongst Lake Superior's defenseman in goals scored and second in total points.  He was named to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Second All-Star Team in the spring of 1991. 

In his senior year,  Astley scored 12 goals and 37 assists and finished third on the team in scoring.   He was named CCHA First Team All-Star and NCAA West First
Astley made his NHL debut on October 12, 1993 in a 5-3 Sabres loss on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers.  The game would be his only Sabres appearance during the 1993-94 season. 

Astley joined the Sabres organization full-time in 1994, and spent most of the strike-shortened 1994-95 season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, the Sabres' top farm club.  In Rochester, Astley played in 46 games, scoring 5 goals and 24 assists.  He played in 14 games for the Sabres, notching two goals and an assist, leading all Sabres rookies in scoring.  He also appeared in two games during the 1995 Playoffs, his only career NHL Playoff experience.

Astley became a regular in Buffalo for the 1995-96 season.  In 60 games played, he recorded 2 goals and 18 assists, finishing second only to
Alexei Zhitnik in scoring among Sabres defensemen.  Defensively, Astley was somewhat less than sound, finishing the season with a plus/minus rating of -12.

At the end of the 1995-96 season, Astley was a free agent.  On September 2, 1996 he signed with the Los Angeles Kings.  He was assigned to the Phoenix
A product of Alberta Junior hockey, Mark Astley enrolled at Lake Superior State University in 1988.  Following his freshman year at Lake Superior, Astley, an offensive-minded defenseman, was selected in the 10th Round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.  The pick used to select Astley was aquired in
Team All-American at defense at the end of the season.  He also won the award for Best Offensive Defenseman in the CCHA that season.

Following his graduation from Lake Superior State in 1992, Astley joined the Canadian National Tean.  He spent the next three seasons splitting time between Team Canada and the Swiss National League, where he played as a member of both H.C. Lugano and Ambri-Piotta. As a member of Team Canada, Astley played in the 1994 Olympic Games at Lillehammer, Norway, winning a Silver Medal.
Roadrunners of the International Hockey League for the 1996-97 season, where he played in 52 games, scoring 6 goals and 11 assists. 

Following the 1996-97 season, Astley returned to Switzerland, where he rejoined H.C. Lugano.  Under contract until the end of the 2003-04 season, Mark Astley is currently in the fifth season of his second stint as a member of  Lugano.
Complete career stats for Mark Astley from
The Internet Hockey Database