Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Blight
Rick Blight was a big, solid winger who excelled during his three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WCJHL from 1972 to 1975. He was an offensive standout during his final campaign that precipitated his selection as 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1975 Amateur Draft.

The Canucks were sufficiently impressed with the shooting and playmaking skills of their new recruit. But they did have reservations about his skating ability and his potential durability in the NHL trenches. Blight jumped right into the lineup in 1975-76, however, and immediately put to rest any fears about his aptitude as an NHLer. He more than exceeded his promise during his first three seasons of big-league hockey. During that time, he tallied 187 points.

But at the start of the 1978-79 campaign, his game seemed to start slipping away. He put his first stint in as a minor-leaguer with the Dallas Blackhawks of the CHL but recovered to finish the year with the Canucks. But the following year, injuries and slumps became his NHL way of life.

By 1980, Blight was made a permanent minor-leaguer, with the exception of 2 games as an LA King in 1982. Otherwise he collected mounds of travel points with stops in Dallas, Cincinnati, Wichita, Moncton, New Haven and Switzerland before hanging up his blades in 1983.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Portage Terriers MJHL 47 20 19 39 33
1971-72 Portage Terriers MJHL 45 32 35 67 73
1971-72 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 1 1 0 1 0 11 3 1 4 8
1972-73 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 68 31 62 93 70 6 0 1 1 0
1973-74 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 67 49 81 130 122 6 0 1 1 0
1974-75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 65 60 52 112 65 5 2 3 5 6
1974-75 Canada WJC-A 6 2 2 4 4
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 25 31 56 29 -4 2 0 1 1 0
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 28 40 68 32 0
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 38 63 33 -32
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 5 10 15 16 -28 3 0 4 4 2
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 15 8 7 15 7
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 12 6 18 54 +7
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 1 0 1 4 -1
1980-81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 74 46 49 95 122 6 0 3 3 9
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 37 16 23 39 21
1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL 16 18 14 32 18 7 3 0 3 6
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 19 8 7 15 6
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -3
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 47 17 24 41 8 12 2 3 5 4
NHL Totals 326 96 125 221 170 5 0 5 5 2


WCJHL Rookie of the Year (1973)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 31, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 25, 1982. Traded to Los Angeles by Edmonton for Alan Hangsleben, December 7, 1982.