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.