Paul Woods

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Paul Woods
Born (1955-04-12) April 12, 1955 (age 61)
Hespeler, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Adirondack Red Wings
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1975
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 84th overall, 1975
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1977–1984

Paul William Woods[1] (born April 12, 1955) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1977 through 1984.[2] He currently serves as a color commentator for the Detroit Red Wings on radio station 97.1 FM The Ticket.[3]

Career[edit]

Born in Hespeler, Ontario, Woods spent his junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, leading the team in scoring in 1974-75 with 121 points in 62 games.[4] He was drafted in the 3rd round (51st overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Woods won two AHL Calder Cup titles with Montreal's farm team, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1975–76 and 1976–77, scoring the Cup winning goal in 1976. After two seasons in Nova Scotia, he was claimed by Detroit in the 1977 NHL Waiver Draft. His entire NHL career would be spent with Detroit.

Woods was the youngest captain in team history prior to Steve Yzerman. He scored 19 goals in his rookie season and settled into a role as a defensive forward, shutting down the opposition's top players. This was a role he embraced, and Woods' work ethic and speed made him a fan favorite in Detroit. His career was shortened due to a hip injury, finishing his NHL career with 72 goals and 124 assists in 502 games played.

Woods finished his pro career with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings in 1984–85.[2]

Since retiring as a player, Woods has worked as a radio color analyst for the Detroit Red Wings since the late 1980s.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHA-Jr. 60 30 34 64 65
1973–74 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHA-Jr. 48 17 32 49 91
1974–75 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 62 38 81 119 116
1975–76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 67 17 21 38 38 9 2 1 3 0
1976–77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 45 20 18 38 51 12 1 3 4 6
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 19 23 42 52 7 0 5 5 4
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 14 23 37 59
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 6 20 26 24
1980–81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 8 16 24 45
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 10 17 27 48
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 13 20 33 30
1983–84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 2 5 7 18
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 26 2 11 13 8
NHL totals 501 72 124 196 276 7 0 5 5 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1979 Canada WC 8 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Dennis Hextall
Detroit Red Wings captain
1979
with Nick Libett
Succeeded by
Dale McCourt