Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Ogrodnick
John Ogrodnick was born June 20, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario. The 4th choice, 66th overall selection of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Ogrodnick is a graduate of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and the of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The Ottawa, Ontario native spent two and half seasons with the WCJHL's New Westminster Bruins and is a two time Memorial Cup champion (1977, 1978) while sharing WCJHL Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and was a member of Canada's 1979 World Junior Championship team.

An offensively gifted player, Ogrodnick made his NHL debut with Detroit during the 1979-80 season. After beginning the season with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack, Ogrodnick joined the Wings in January and went to score eight goals while adding 24 assists for 32 points.

Ogrodnick played seven and a half seasons with Detroit, where he was an NHL First Team All-Star in 1985, after he finished fourth in league goal scoring with 55 behind only future Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mike Bossy and went on to represent the Red Wings at the NHL All-Star Game on five separate occasions (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986).

Midway through the 1986-87 season, Detroit traded Ogrodnick to the Quebec Nordiques, a team with whom he played only 45 games for before being dealt to the New York Rangers just prior to the 1987-88 season.

Ogrodnick went on to play five seasons with the Rangers, while playing a handful of games with the International Hockey League's Denver Rangers during the 1988-89 season.

Following a five-year stay in New York with the Rangers, Ogrodnick was released by the team upon the conclusion of the 1991-92 season only to sign as a free agent with Detroit during the off-season. Ogrodnick played only 20 regular season and playoff games with Detroit while playing a handful of games with the Adirondack Red Wings before calling it a career following the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Maple Ridge Bruins BCJHL 67 54 56 110 63
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 14 2 4 6 0 14 3 3 6 2
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 2 0 2 0
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 72 59 29 88 47 21 14 7 21 14
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 3 1 4 2
1978-79 New Westminster Bruins WHL 72 48 36 84 38 6 2 0 2 4
1978-79 Canada WJC-A 5 3 0 3 4
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 8 24 32 8 -4
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 39 13 20 33 21
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 35 35 70 14 -17
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 3 2 5 0
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 28 26 54 28 -15
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 41 44 85 30 +11
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 42 36 78 14 -16 4 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 55 50 105 30 +1 3 1 1 2 0
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 38 32 70 18 -30
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 12 28 40 6 -2
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 11 16 27 4 -6 13 9 4 13 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 64 22 32 54 16 -3
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 60 13 29 42 14 0 3 2 0 2 0
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 3 2 0 2 0
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 80 43 31 74 44 +11 10 6 3 9 0
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 79 31 23 54 10 +15 4 0 0 0 0
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 55 17 13 30 22 +6 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 6 6 12 2 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 4 2 2 4 0
NHL Totals 928 402 425 827 260 41 18 8 26 6


WCJHL Rookie of the Year (co-winner - Keith Brown) (1978)
NHL First All-Star Team (1985) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986)
Traded to Quebec by Detroit with Basil McRae and Doug Shedden for Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel, January 17, 1987. Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec with David Shaw for Jeff Jackson and Terry Carkner, September 30, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 29, 1992.