Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fred Ahern
Undrafted during his four years at Bowdoin College in Boston, Ahearn was an aspiring teacher and hockey coach before he was signed by the California Golden Seals as a free agent in September 1974.

He played most of 1974-76 with Salt Lake in the CHL, making a brief appearance the first time around with the Seals and staying for half the season the second time he was called up. He played for Team USA at the 1976 Canada Cup, and then stayed with the Seals as they moved to Cleveland.

A year and a half later, on January 9, 1978, he was traded to another basement team, the Colorado Rockies, but after half a season he was out of the NHL. In five seasons and 146 games, he played only twice in the playoffs before the Rockies were quickly eliminated from the 1978 post-season.

Ahern played for two more years in the minor pro leagues of smalltown USA and then spent a year in Switzerland before returning to Cape Cod for one last season in the ACHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Boston Tech High School High-MA
1969-70 Boston Tech High School High-MA
1970-71 Bowdoin College ECAC-2 21 14 12 26
1971-72 Bowdoin College ECAC-2 15 7 14 21
1972-73 Bowdoin College ECAC-2 21 13 21 34
1973-74 Bowdoin College ECAC-2 21 18 20 38
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 3 2 1 3 0 -1
1974-75 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 64 26 26 52 101 9 5 3 8 11
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 44 17 8 25 43 -2
1975-76 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 30 12 14 26 57
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 5 2 0 2 0
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 25 4 4 8 20 -12
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 36 3 4 7 48 -16
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 38 5 13 18 19 -16 2 0 1 1 2
1978-79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 75 25 32 57 56 5 1 4 5 4
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 38 4 6 10 34 5 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 25 4 9 13 45
1980-81 HC Neuchatel Swiss-2
1980-81 Baltimore Clippers EHL 7 3 1 4 0
1981-82 Cape Cod Buccaneers ACHL 38 9 27 36 38
NHL Totals 146 31 30 61 130 2 0 1 1 2


Signed as a free agent by California, September, 1974. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Traded to Colorado by Cleveland with Ralph Klassen for Rick Jodzio and Chuck Arnason, January 9, 1978. Traded to Cleveland by Colorado for cash, May 11, 1978. Placed on Minnesota reserve list after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1979.