Todd Hlushko

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Todd Hlushko
Born (1970-02-07) February 7, 1970 (age 44)
Guelph, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 240th overall, 1990
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1990–2007
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Canada Canada
Olympic Games
Silver 1994 Lillehammer
World Championships
Bronze 1995 Sweden

Todd Bradley Hlushko (born February 7, 1970) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played with the Canadian national team and was a member of Canada's silver medal-winning team at the 1994 Winter Olympics and bronze medal squad at the 1995 World Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Hlushko played with three teams in three seasons in in junior hockey career. He began with the Guelph Jr. B's in 1987–88 where he scored 36 goals and 83 points in 44 games. He moved up to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) the following season where he recorded 46 points. A 70-point season followed in 1989–90 where he split the campaign with the relocated Owen Sound Platers and the London Knights.[1] Though the NHL Central Scouting Bureau had Hlushko rated as a potential sixth round pick at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, he was not selected until the 12th round. The Washington Capitals drafted him with the 240th overall pick; only 12 players were selected after him.[2]

The Capitals assigned Hluskho to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks. He played two seasons in Baltimore, recording 23 points in 1990–91 then improving to 51 points in 1991–92.[3] Hlushko left the Capitals organization in 1992 to join the Canadian national team in the hopes of playing at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[4] He toured with the national team for two seasons, scoring 44 goals in 113 games combined,[1] He made the Olympic team and recorded five goals in eight games, including two in a victory over France.[4] Canada reached the gold medal game, but were forced to settle for the silver medal by Sweden, who won 3–2 in a shootout.[5]

Immediately following the Olympics, Hlushko signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 1993–94 season.[3] He was assigned to the AHL's Hershey Bears where he scored six goals in nine games, but was also recalled to play two games with the Flyers. Hlushko made his NHL debut on March 10, 1994, against the Ottawa Senators and scored his first goal on March 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[6] The Flyers allowed Hlushko to go to free agency following the season, and he was signed by the Calgary Flames.[3] He spent the majority of the 1994–95 season with the AHL's Saint John Flames where he recorded 22 goals in 46 games, but appeared in two regular season contests with Calgary and made his NHL playoff debut.[1] Hlishko also played in the 1995 World Championship where he scored four goals in eight games to help Canada win the bronze medal.[7]

The 1995–96 season was similar as Hlushko appeared in only four NHL games with the Flames; he played 35 with Saint John and missed 25 games due to a shoulder injury.[6] In 1996–97, he played his only full season in the NHL. Hlushko appeared in 58 games for Calgary and recorded seven goals and 11 assists.[3] He was again relegated to Saint John for the majority of 1997–98.[1] Following the season, Hlushko was traded. On June 17, 1998, he was sent, along with German Titov, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ken Wregget and Dave Roche.[8] Hlushko was again assigned to the minor leagues. He spent the 1998–99 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the International Hockey League (IHL) whre he had 24 goals and 50 points. He was recalled to Pittsburgh during the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs and appeared in two games.[1]

Following the season, Hlushko moved to Europe where he played six seasons in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and represented Canada in smaller tournaments.[4] He returned to Canada in 2006 where, after playing two seasons of senior hockey with the Dundas Real McCoys, Hlushko retired as a player.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Guelph Platers OHL 66 28 18 46 71 7 5 3 8 18
1989–90 Owen Sound Platers OHL 25 9 17 26 31
1989–90 London Knights OHL 40 27 17 44 39 6 2 4 6 10
1990–91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 66 9 14 23 55
1991–92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 74 16 35 51 113
1992–93 Canadian National Team 58 22 26 48 10
1993–94 Canadian National Team 55 22 6 28 61
1993–94 Hershey Bears AHL 9 6 0 6 4 6 2 1 3 4
1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 1 0 1 0
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Saint John Flames AHL 46 22 10 32 36 4 2 2 4 22
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 6
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 35 14 13 27 70 16 8 1 9 26
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 58 7 11 18 49
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 13 0 1 1 27
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 33 10 14 24 48 21 13 4 17 61
1998–99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 82 24 26 50 78
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Cologne Sharks DEL 55 13 28 41 78 10 5 2 7 20
2000–01 Mannheim Eagles DEL 54 18 19 37 126 10 1 1 2 16
2001–02 Mannheim Eagles DEL 49 10 27 37 40 12 1 2 3 14
2002–03 Mannheim Eagles DEL 52 15 13 28 26 7 2 1 3 12
2003–04 Mannheim Eagles DEL 48 9 12 21 28 6 0 0 0 40
2004–05 Hannover Scorpions DEL 41 3 9 12 83
2006–07 Dundas Real McCoys OHA Sr. 16 8 20 28 33
2007–08 Dundas Real McCoys OHA Sr. 24 8 22 30 10 3 0 3 3 0
NHL Totals 79 8 13 21 84 3 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada OG 8 5 0 5 6
1995 Canada WC 8 4 0 4 4
International totals 16 9 0 9 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Todd Hlushko player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. ^ Sell, Dave (1990-06-26). "Hlushko achieves his dream; Would-be Capital drafted at end". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-21.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c d "Todd Hlushko biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b c Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 358. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  5. ^ Podnieks, Andrew. Canada's Olympic Hockey History 1920–2010. Toronto: Fenn Publishing. p. 169. ISBN 1-55168-323-7. 
  6. ^ a b Halls, Pat, ed. (1997). 1997–98 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. pp. 42–43. 
  7. ^ Podnieks, Andrew, ed. (2011). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation. p. 478. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  8. ^ "Wregget traded to Calgary". Beaver County Times. 1998-06-18. p. B1. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 

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