John Ogrodnick

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John Ogrodnick
Born (1959-06-20) June 20, 1959 (age 58)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Adirondack Red Wings
NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Quebec Nordiques
New York Rangers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 66th overall, 1979
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1979–1993

John Alexander Ogrodnick (born June 20, 1959) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979–80 through 1992–93, with the Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Rangers. Ogrodnick was born in Ottawa, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

Ogrodnick was drafted 66th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Ogrodnick played 928 career NHL games, scoring 402 goals and 425 assists for 827 points.

Ogrodnick turned pro with the Red Wings American Hockey League farm club in Adirondack in 1979-80 and also played 41 games in the NHL with the Red Wings. In '80-'81 he became a full-time NHLer and led the Wings with 35-goals. It would be the first of six-straight seasons he would be the Red Wings top goal scorer. He topped 40-goals in the 1982-83 season then managed 42-goals the following year despite being limited to just 64 games. His best statistical season was the 1984–85 season when he set career highs with 55 goals (a Detroit record at the time), 50 assists, and 105 points. The following season he dipped to 38 goals and had potted 12 in 38 games during the 1986-87 campaign when he was shipped to Quebec as part of a six-player deal.[1]

The Nordiques were thrilled to acquire him, with coach Michel Bergeron saying "I think John Ogrodnick is one of the best players in the league."[2] Despite a solid performance for the Nordiques, Ogrodnick was never happy playing in Quebec and asked General Manager Maurice Filion to trade him in the off-season.[3] After scoring 11 goals and 27 points in 32 games to complete that season and putting up a point-a-game in 13 playoff contests Ogrodnick was dealt to the New York Rangers on the eve of the 1987-88 season. Perhaps not coincidently Michel Bergeron had moved from Quebec to behind the Rangers bench which no doubt played a part in his acquisition, though Rangers General Manager Phil Esposito acknowledged that part of the impetus for the trade was ensuring Ogrodnick didn't end up with division rival Pittsburgh. "Ogrodnick beside Lemieux in Pittsburgh would have 55 or 60 goals so forget it. I'd rather have him shooting for me than at me."[4]

His first two seasons on Broadway were underwhelming but his third season with the Rangers saw him recapture his scoring touch. Roger Nielsen had taken over as the Rangers head coach and he paired Ogrodnick with Kelly Kisio and Brian Mullen and told him he would give him ten games to gel.[5] The trio clicked early and would go on to finish 1-2-3 in team scoring[6] with Ogrodnick leading the way with 43 goals and 74 points. Following the success of the 1989-90 season, Ogrodnick's contract expired which led to tense negotiations with the Rangers for a new pact.[7] Though he would ultimately sign on for two more years, his totals dropped in each season and he was done in New York following the 1991-92 season.

In September 1992 John Ogrodnick signed a free agent contract to return to the Detroit Red Wings. This edition of the Wings was deep offensively with two of their top scorers, Dino Ciccarelli and Ray Sheppard ahead of Ogrodnick on the right wing depth chart, it proved very difficult for him to make his mark in Detroit. With little room, Ogrodnick was used sparingly by Detroit but was productive enough in his limited usage to put up 12 points in 19 games. After suiting up for one playoff game that spring, John Ogrodnick retired from hockey.

He is currently the Vice President of the Red Wings Alumni Association.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Maple Ridge Bruins BCJHL 67 54 56 110 63
1976–77 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 14 2 4 6 0 14 3 3 6 2
1977–78 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 72 59 29 88 47 21 14 7 21 14
1978–79 New Westminster Bruins WHL 72 48 36 84 38 6 2 0 2 4
1979–80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 39 13 20 33 21
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 8 24 32 8
1980–81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 35 35 70 14
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 28 26 54 28
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 41 44 85 30
1983–84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 42 36 78 14 4 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 55 50 105 30 3 1 1 2 0
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 38 32 70 18
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 12 28 40 6
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 11 16 27 4 13 9 4 13 6
1987–88 New York Rangers NHL 62 22 32 54 16
1988–89 Denver Rangers IHL 3 2 0 2 0
1988–89 New York Rangers NHL 60 13 29 42 14 3 2 0 2 0
1989–90 New York Rangers NHL 80 43 31 74 44 10 6 3 9 0
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 79 31 23 54 10 4 0 0 0 0
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 55 17 13 30 22 3 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 4 2 2 4 0
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 6 6 12 2 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 928 402 425 827 260 41 18 8 26 6

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