Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Hough
Sometimes good hockey players fall through the cracks when evaluation of junior players is being conducted. That must be the case with Mike Hough, who enjoyed the fruits of a 16-year pro hockey career despite being chosen in the 9th round, 187th overall, by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

And it's not as if Hough did not have decent credentials in junior. In his draft year with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, he played in 58 games and had 14 goals and 48 points while collecting a fiery 172 minutes in penalties. Hough and his Rangers teammates went on to win the OHL championship and then took the Memorial Cup later that spring. At 19, Hough was one of the team leaders in Kitchener with the loss of Brian Bellows, Al MacInnis, and Scott Stevens to the NHL. Although the team failed in its bid to repeat as champions, they still posted a strong season, with Hough scoring 44 points.

Hough turned pro in 1983-84, playing 69 games with the Fredericton Express of the AHL. He counted eleven goals and 27 points. After another year of seasoning in the minors, Hough appeared in two playoff games for the Nordiques in 1984-85. It was not until 1986-87 that he got the opportunity to play for them again, suiting up for 56 games. Hough remained with the Nordiques through the 1992-93 season, and in each of those last three years managed to eclipse the 30-point barrier.

In 1993-94, Hough became a member of the Florida Panthers, playing in 78 games. The highlight of his NHL career came during the 1996 playoffs when the Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, before falling to the Colorado Avalanche. Hough returned to the New York Islanders in 1998 and 1999 before retiring from pro hockey.

Hough played 707 NHL games, scoring 100 goals and 156 assists for 256 points. Not bad for a 187th overall draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Mississauga Reps MTHL
1979-80 Toronto Marlboros MTHL 44 20 50 70
1980-81 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.A 24 15 20 35 84
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 58 14 24 38 172 14 4 1 5 16
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 1 1 2 11
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 61 17 27 44 156 12 5 4 9 30
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 69 11 16 27 142 1 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 76 21 27 48 49 6 1 1 2 2
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 74 21 33 54 68 6 0 3 3 8
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 56 6 8 14 79 -8 9 0 3 3 26
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 10 1 3 4 20
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 17 3 2 5 2 -8
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 46 16 25 41 133 15 4 8 12 55
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 9 10 19 39 -7
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 22 11 10 21 87
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 43 13 13 26 84 -24
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 63 13 20 33 111 -7
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 61 16 22 38 77 -1
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 8 22 30 69 -11 6 0 1 1 2
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 78 6 23 29 62 +3
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 6 7 13 38 +1
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 64 7 16 23 37 +4 22 4 1 5 8
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 69 8 6 14 48 +12 5 1 0 1 2
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 74 5 7 12 27 -4
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 11 0 0 0 2 -2
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 11 0 3 3 21 -1
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 26 5 7 12 8 +2
1999-00
2000-01 Kitchener Rangers OHL
NHL Totals 707 100 156 256 675 44 5 5 10 38


Traded to Washington by Quebec for Reggie Savage and Paul MacDermid, June 20, 1993. Claimed by Florida from Washington in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 21, 1997. Loaned to Lowell by NY Islanders, December 29, 1998.
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