Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Paddock
It is not uncommon for hockey fans to raise their eyebrows when considering that John Paddock, most commonly know for his coaching record, actually played right wing in the NHL. He did.

Paddock was an outstanding performer for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WCJHL before he was selected 37th overall in the NHL Amateur Draft of 1974. After one season with the Richmond Robins of the AHL, Paddock saw his first NHL action with the lowly Washington Capitals in 1975. Eight games later, he launched into his career pattern of playing most of his games in the AHL while catching the odd break in the big leagues.

During the remainder of his pro career, Paddock put in 79 more NHL games with the Flyers and Nordiques before heading to the Maine Mariners of the AHL for one last stint where retired in 1983-84.

For the next seven years, Paddock honed his coaching skills with various clubs in the AHL. During that run, he won two league championships and the respect of many hockey observers who felt he was a better coach than hockey player.

In 1991, the Winnipeg Jets plucked him from the Rangers' system, where he was coaching in Binghamton, to lead his home-province club in the NHL. He inherited a solid lineup that came in a few hairs above .500 in his first two seasons with the club. But the Jets remained consistently stuck in the pack of their division. And to make matters worse, by the third season, Paddock's troops slumped, falling into the cellar of their division. When the club failed to be resuscitated the following year, Paddock was replaced by Terry Simpson.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Brandon Jr. Bees MJHL
1972-73 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 11 3 2 5 6 6 2 2 4 4
1973-74 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 68 34 49 83 228
1974-75 Richmond Robins AHL 72 26 22 48 296 7 5 3 8 38
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 8 1 1 2 12 -5
1975-76 Richmond Robins AHL 42 11 14 25 98 8 0 3 3 5
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 0 0 0 9 0
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 61 13 16 29 106
1977-78 Maine Mariners AHL 61 8 12 20 152 6 1 2 3 7
1978-79 Maine Mariners AHL 79 30 37 67 275 10 9 1 10 13
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 3 7 10 36 -4 3 2 0 2 0
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 2 5 7 25 -7 2 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Maine Mariners AHL 22 8 7 15 53 8 10 6 16 48
1981-82 Maine Mariners AHL 39 6 10 16 123 3 0 1 1 18
1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 2 1 3 4 -6
1982-83 Maine Mariners AHL 69 30 23 53 188 13 2 2 4 18
1983-1984 Maine Mariners AHL 17 3 6 9 20
1983-1985 Maine Mariners AHL
1985-1989 Hershey Bears AHL
1989-1990 Philadelphia Flyers NHLMGNT
1990-1991 Binghamton Rangers AHL
1991-1995 Winnipeg Jets NHLMGNT
1995-1997 Winnipeg Jets NHLMGNT
1997-1999 New York Rangers NHLMGNT
1999-2002 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL
2002-2003 Binghamton Senators AHL
NHL Totals 87 8 14 22 86 5 2 0 2 0


Traded to Philadelphia by Washington to complete transaction that sent Bob Sirois to Washington (December 15, 1975), September 1, 1976. Traded to Quebec by Philadelphia for cash, August 11, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, January 4, 1983. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 1, 1983.
Named Head Coach of Binghampton (AHL), July 23, 2002.