Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Jodzio
Rugged left-winger Rick Jodzio split his only NHL season between the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Barons. He was also an experienced skater in the WHA and the minor leagues.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Jodzio moved to Toronto and skated for the Downsview Beavers of the MTHL before playing the 1973-74 season with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings. Following that season he was chosen 153rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the Amateur Draft.

In 1975, he was signed as a free agent by the WHA's Vancouver Blazers. After a year on the West Coast he joined the Calgary Cowboys for two seasons. It was here that Jodzio was involved in an altercation with Quebec Nordiques forward Marc Tardif. The Quebec forward was hospitalized and Jodzio was taken to court. During this time he also skated in the AHL as well as the Eastern and Southern leagues.

After the Buffalo Sabres sold his NHL rights to the Colorado Rockies, Jodzio switched leagues. He played 32 games for the Rockies before he was traded to the Barons in a four-player deal involving NHL veterans Chuck Arnason and Ralph Klassen. Jodzio scored his only two NHL goals with Cleveland then played two more years in the minor before retiring in 1980.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Downsview Beavers ON-Jr.A 21 5 9 14 39
1973-74 Downsview Beavers ON-Jr.B 30 7 12 19 166
1973-74 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 30 1 8 9 86
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 44 1 3 4 159
1974-75 Charlotte Checkers SHL 37 9 8 17 109 1 0 2 2 0
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 47 10 7 17 137 2 0 0 0 14
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 24 2 3 5 37
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 46 4 6 10 61
1976-77 Tidewater Sharks SHL 7 3 3 6 4
1976-77 Erie Blades NAPro 15 5 5 10 32 9 2 7 9 21
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 32 0 5 5 28 -5
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 38 2 3 5 43 -9
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 62 4 21 25 117
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 79 13 25 38 113 17 2 4 6 43
NHL Totals 70 2 8 10 71


Signed as a free agent by Vancouver (WHA), January, 1975.
Suspended for remainder of 1975-76 season by WHA for intentionally injuring Marc Tardif in playoff game, April 11, 1976. Traded to Colorado by Buffalo for cash, September 22, 1977. Traded to Cleveland by Colorado with Chuck Arnason for Ralph Klassen and Fred Ahern, January 9, 1978. Placed on Reserve List by Minnesota after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978.