John Hughes (ice hockey, born 1988)

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John Hughes
John Hughes portrait.jpg
Born (1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 (age 27)
Whitby, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
EBEL team
Former teams
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Hannover Indians
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

John Hughes (born January 6, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Centre currently playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Playing career[edit]

Hughes was taken 1st overall by the Belleville Bulls in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection. After completing his major junior career in the OHL with the Bulls, and Brampton Battalion, he was the only player to be a 1st overall OHL Priority Selection to not go on to be picked in the NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed]

Hughes opted to forge a European career, first signing with Austrian club, the EC Red Bull Salzburg of the EBEL. After a short stint in Finland and Germany with Tappara and the Hannover Indians, Hughes returned to the EBEL with Slovenian club, HDD Olimpija Ljubljana. In his first full season with Olimpija in the 2010–11 season, the diminutive forward posted an impressive 64 points in 53 games, leading the league with 48 points to be selected as the EBEL rookie of the year.

Hughes bettered his initial success in the following 2011–12 season, to lead the EBEL in points scoring with 68 points in 50 games to be named the EBEL MVP with the Ron Kennedy Trophy. Hughes then signed a lucrative two-year contract with Austrian club, EC VSV, on May 2, 2012.[1]

After leading the league for a second time with 85 points in 54 games in the last year of his contract with VSV in the 2013–14 season, Hughes opted to return to his first professional club, EC Red Bull Salzburg, with the lure of the Champions Hockey League on July 1, 2014.[2]



  1. ^ "We did it! John Hughes in Villach" (in German). EC VSV. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ "John Hughes returns to the Red Bulls" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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