Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Holota
Centre John Holota played parts of two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings in the 40s. He was a talented offensive player who attained most of his success in junior and the minor leagues.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Holota played junior with the OHA's Guelph Biltmores. After leading the league in assists during the 1940-41 season, he turned pro the next year with Omaha Knights of the AHA. Holata was named to the league all-star team after notching 28 goals in 48 games. During the 1942-43 season he was recalled to Detroit for 12 matches and was also a top scorer for the AHL's Indianapolis Capitals and the senior Toronto Army Dodgers. Holota remained with the Dodgers then spent a year in military service during World War II.

After the War, Holota played three more games for the Wings then split the bulk of the season between the AHL and USHL. In 1946-47 he led the AHL with 52 goals as a member of the Cleveland Barons and was placed on the league's first all-star team. Holota starred for three more years in Cleveland and helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1948. He retired in 1951 after playing in the AHL, PCHL and USHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Guelph Indians OHA-Jr. 20 14 14 28 8 3 3 4 7 0
1940-41 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 16 20 21 41 7 5 3 9 12 4
1941-42 Omaha Knights AHA 48 28 32 60 45 8 7 7 14 2
1942-43 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 2 0 2 0
1942-43 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 13 8 15 23 5
1942-43 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 2 4 2 6 0 4 0 1 1 0
1943-44 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Toronto Army Shamrocks TMHL 31 30 30 60 25 4 2 6 8 0
1944-45 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 10 5 7 12 2
1944-45 Toronto Army Daggers TNDHL 2 3 4 7 0
1945-46 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1945-46 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 34 20 17 37 8
1945-46 Omaha Knights USHL 17 17 12 29 2 7 2 3 5 6
1946-47 Cleveland Barons AHL 64 52 35 87 28 4 1 0 1 0
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 48 38 86 11 9 4 4 8 8
1948-49 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 34 44 78 12 5 4 1 5 0
1949-50 Cleveland Barons AHL 44 14 28 42 16 5 3 2 5 5
1950-51 New Haven Eagles AHL 25 10 9 19 12
1950-51 Portland Eagles PCHL 18 6 11 17 0
1950-51 Denver Falcons USHL 11 3 4 7 0
NHL Totals 15 2 0 2 0


AHA Second All-Star Team (1942)
TMHL MVP (1944)
AHL First All-Star Team (1947)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 14, 1941. Traded to Chicago by Detroit for Bernie Strongman, September, 1946.
Died from injuries suffered in automobile accident (March 7, 1951), March 10, 1951.
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