Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Wensink
John Wensink was born April 1, 1953 in Cornwall, Ontario. The seventh round, 104th overall selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and the third round, 28th overall selection of the New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, Wensink is a graduate of the QMJHL's Cornwall Royals.

A hard-nosed winger, Wensink played three seasons in Cornwall (1970-1973) before making his NHL debut with St. Louis during the 1973-74 season. Although he spent most of his time with the AHL's Rochester Americans, Wensink managed to see action in three NHL games.

In the fall of 1974, Wensink suited up for the CHL's Denver Spurs where he played in a mere 21 games before having to miss the remainder of the season and the following seson recovering from back surgery. Following a year and a half of inactivity, Wensink was released by the Blues and signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins in the fall of 1976. Over the course of the next four seasons, Wensink patrolled the wing in Boston and during the 1978-79 season registered a career high 28 goals and 46 points.

In the 1980 Waiver Draft, the Quebec Nordiques acquired the Cornwall native who went to play one season in "La Vieille Capitale" before signing as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies the following year. After one year in Colorado, Wensink and the Rockies franchise relocated to New Jersey and became the New Jersey Devils.

Following the 1982-83 season, John Wensink retired from the game of hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 57 11 6 17 151
1971-72 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 60 10 22 32 169 15 2 2 4 64
1971-72 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 3 0 1 1 39
1972-73 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 52 9 26 35 242 16 1 6 7 55
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Rochester Americans AHL 36 6 2 8 139 5 0 0 0 29
1974-75 Denver Spurs CHL 21 3 8 11 75
1975-76 Denver Spurs CHL
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 23 4 6 10 32 +5 13 0 3 3 8
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 49 11 15 26 145
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 80 16 20 36 181 +23 15 2 2 4 54
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 76 28 18 46 106 +20 8 0 1 1 19
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 69 9 11 20 110 +7 4 0 0 0 5
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 53 6 3 9 124 -14 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 57 5 3 8 152 -13
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 2 7 9 135 -8
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 7 1 0 1 36
1983-84 SIJ Nijmegen Holland
1984-85 SIJ Nijmegen Holland 14 15 12 27 39
NHL Totals 403 70 68 138 840 43 2 6 8 86


Missed remainder of 1974-75 season and all of 1975-76 due to back surgery, January, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 12, 1976. Claimed by Quebec from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, September 21, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982.