Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hank Nowak
Left-winger Hank Nowak was a utility player for three different teams in the 1970s. A disciplined checker, he was capable of creating scoring chances and finding the net himself on occasion.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Nowak played two years with the hometown Generals of the OHA. He was chosen 87th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970 Amateur Draft then assigned to the AHL's Quebec Aces in the Fall. The young forward never established himself in the Philly organization. After spending a year each with the Richmond Robins and Hershey Bears, Nowak was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nowak played 13 games for the Pens in 1973-74 but spent most of the season in Hershey where he enjoyed a fine season with 32 goals in 56 games. In May, 1974, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Nelson Debenedet. Nowak scored 22 points in 56 games for the struggling Wings before he was traded to the Boston Bruins along with Earl Anderson for Walt McKechnie. During the 1975 post-season, Nowak scored a goal and was a solid performer for the team when it was knocked out in the first round by Chicago.

In 1975-76 Nowak was a useful grinder and defensive forward on a line with.....That spring he played ten games for Boston when they reached the semifinals. Nowak split the 1976-77 season between the minors and Beantown. He played three full seasons in the minors toiling in the AHL, Northeastern league and the "I" before retiring in 1980.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 26 2 3 5 37
1969-70 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 53 17 22 39 37 6 1 2 3 6
1970-71 Quebec Aces AHL 49 2 7 9 26 1 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 62 2 3 5 8
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 66 25 22 47 77 7 1 2 3 8
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 0 0 11 -14
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 56 32 37 69 90 14 3 12 15 14
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 8 14 22 69 -34
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 21 4 7 11 26 +8 3 1 0 1 0
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 66 7 3 10 41 -1 10 0 0 0 8
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 24 7 5 12 14 +4
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 35 12 17 29 26
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 77 20 24 44 50
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 32 7 12 19 16
1978-79 Cape Cod Freedoms NEHL 1 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Utica Mohawks NEHL 43 27 43 70 49
1979-80 Saginaw Gears IHL 12 6 3 9 44
1979-80 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 65 14 22 36 59 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 180 26 29 55 161 13 1 0 1 8


Claimed by Hershey (AHL) from Philadelphia in Reverse Draft, June 8, 1972. Traded to Pittsburgh by Hershey (AHL) for cash, May 22, 1973. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (Dan Mandryk) in 1974 Amateur Draft for Nelson Debenedet, May 27, 1974. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Earl Anderson for Walt McKechnie and Boston's 3rd round choice (Clarke Hamilton) in 1975 Amateur Draft, February 18, 1975.