Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Huard
Bill Huard played three years of major junior hockey with the OHL's Peterborough Petes but was not drafted by any NHL club. Each year in junior, he had shown considerable improvement in his game and was encouraged to turn professional and further develop his skills in the minors.

In 1988-89, he joined the Carolina Thunderbirds of the ECHL for 40 games, scoring 27 goals and 48 points with 177 minutes in penalties. His game had caught the attention of several scouts and he finished the year in the IHL with the Flint Spirits. By 1989-90, he was playing full time in the IHL with the Utica Devils before his NHL rights were acquired by the Boston Bruins. He then played 72 games in Providence before being called up to Boston for two games in 1992-93.

Huard joined the expansion Ottawa Senators in 1992-93 and suited up for 63 games, scoring two goals and four points while amassing 162 minutes in penalties. After another half season in Ottawa he was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques for all of seven games.

In 1995-96, Huard joined the Dallas Stars where he played for two seasons and had 12 and eleven point seasons, his best in the NHL. He dressed with the Edmonton Oilers for 30 games in 1997-98 and returned the following year for another three games. Huard's last NHL game was as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, where he played one game during the 1999-2000. His rights were obtained by the Atlanta Thrashers but the balance of his playing time spent in the IHL before he opted to try playing in the British League in 2000-01 with London, but he left the club after just one game.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Fort Erie Meteors ON-Jr.B 41 4 9 13 114
1985-86 Welland Cougars ON-Jr.B 28 8 17 25 123
1985-86 Peterborough Petes OHL 7 1 1 2 2
1986-87 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 14 11 25 61 12 5 2 7 19
1987-88 Peterborough Petes OHL 66 28 33 61 132 12 7 8 15 33
1988-89 Carolina Thunderbirds ECHL 40 27 21 48 177 10 7 2 9 70
1988-89 Flint Spirits IHL 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 27 1 7 8 67 5 0 1 1 33
1989-90 Nashville Knights ECHL 34 24 27 51 212
1990-91 Utica Devils AHL 72 11 16 27 359
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 62 9 11 20 233 4 1 1 2 4
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 72 18 19 37 302 6 3 0 3 9
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 2 2 4 162 -19
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 26 1 1 2 64 -2
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 7 2 2 4 13 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 51 6 6 12 176 +3
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 12 1 1 2 74
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 40 5 6 11 105 +5
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 30 0 1 1 72 -5 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 38 9 5 14 201 +10 10 0 0 0 8
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 13 2 2 4 65 -5
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 19 4 2 6 85 -1 3 0 0 0 10
2000-01 London Knights BH-Cup 1 0 1 1 8
2000-01 London Knights Britain 1 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 223 16 18 34 594 5 0 0 0 2


Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 1, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Boston, December 4, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, June 30, 1993. Traded to Quebec by Ottawa for the rights to Mika Stromberg and Quebec's 4th round choice (Kevin Boyd) in 1995 Entry Draft, April 7, 1995. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, July 1, 1995. Claimed by Dallas from Colorado in NHL Waiver Draft, October 2, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 22, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Houston (IHL), January 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 19, 1999. Traded to Atlanta by Los Angeles for future considerations, January 25, 2000. Signed as a free agent by London (Britain), September 28, 2000.
Granted leave of absence from London (Britain) for personal reasons, October 4, 2000.