Rick Blight

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Rick Blight
Born (1955-10-17)October 17, 1955
Portage la Prairie, MB, CAN
Died April 3, 2005(2005-04-03) (aged 49)
Portage la Prairie, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1975
Vancouver Canucks
WHA Draft 19th overall, 1974
Michigan Stags
Playing career 1975–1983

Richard Derek Blight (October 17, 1955 – April 3, 2005) was a professional hockey player.

A native of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Blight had a long and varied career in the sport of hockey, playing the position of Right Wing for teams in the NHL, MJHL, WCHL, CHL, and the AHL hockey leagues. At 6' 2" (1.87 m) and 195 lbs (88 kg), Blight was selected by the Michigan Stags (round 2 #19 overall) in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft and the Vancouver Canucks (round 1 #10 overall) in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. The name Blight is of Cornish origin.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Blight was the Canucks' top scorer over his first three years in the NHL, finishing fifth, first and second in team scoring in 1975, 1976 and 1977 with a total of 187 points.

Blight, who also played hockey in Switzerland, was the recipient of the WCJHL Rookie of the Year Award in 1973, and was a member of the CHL Second All-Star Team in 1981.

Blight retired from playing hockey in 1983 and began a career as a stockbroker and marketing consultant, as well as managing his family farm in his native Manitoba. In 1995, Blight was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

On April 3, 2005, Blight disappeared. Two weeks later, on April 18, after a Canada-wide search, Blight was found dead in a field on his farm near Lake Manitoba, with his pickup nearby. Blight had committed suicide. He was only 49 years old.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Portage Terriers MJHL 47 20 19 39 33
1971–72 Portage Terriers MJHL 45 32 35 67 73
1971–72 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 1 1 0 1 0
1972–73 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 68 31 62 93 70
1973–74 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 67 49 81 130 122
1974–75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 65 60 52 112 65 5 2 3 5 6
1975–76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 25 31 56 29 2 0 1 1 0
1976–77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 28 40 68 32
1977–78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 38 63 33
1978–79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 15 8 7 15 7
1978–79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 5 10 15 16 3 0 4 4 2
1979–80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 12 6 18 54
1980–81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 74 46 49 95 122 6 0 3 3 9
1980–81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 1 0 1 4
1981–82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 37 16 23 39 21
1981–82 Wichita Wind CHL 16 18 14 32 18 7 3 0 3 6
1982–83 Moncton Alpines AHL 19 8 7 15 6
1982–83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 47 17 24 41 8 12 2 3 5 4
1982–83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 326 96 125 221 170 5 0 5 5 2

Personal[edit]

His niece, Halli Krzyzaniak was a member of the Canadian National Under 18 team that participated in a three game series vs. the USA in August 2011.[2]

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Preceded by
Bob Dailey
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1975
Succeeded by
Jere Gillis