Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Hughes
Brent Hughes had four successful seasons playing major junior hockey in the WHL, yet was not drafted by any NHL team. He joined the New Westminster Bruins in 1983-84 at the age of 17. In that first year, he had 39 points and improved to 57 points the next year. As a 19-year-old, Hughes had 28 goals and 80 points in 71 games. He decided to return to junior hockey as an overage player in 1986-87, beginning the year with New Westminster before being sent to the Victoria Cougars, where he scored 38 goals and 99 points in 61 games.

Hughes joined the Moncton Hawks the next year and played with them for almost two years before getting his shot at the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. In 1988-89, he played in 28 games, scoring three times while counting five points. In 1991-92, his rights were obtained by the Boston Bruins where he was a regular performer for three years. In 1993-94, he dressed for a career-high 77 games, scoring 13 goals and 24 points. He played his last NHL season in 1996-97 as a member of the New York Islanders, scoring seven goals and ten points in 51 games.

Hughes finished his NHL career having played 357 games, scoring 41 goals and 80 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 67 21 18 39 133 9 2 2 4 27
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 64 25 32 57 135 11 2 1 3 37
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 71 28 52 80 180
1986-87 New Westminster Bruins WHL 8 5 4 9 22
1986-87 Victoria Cougars WHL 61 38 61 99 146 5 4 1 5 8
1987-88 Moncton Hawks AHL 73 13 19 32 206
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 28 3 2 5 82 -7
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 54 34 34 68 286 10 9 4 13 40
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 11 1 2 3 33 -4
1989-90 Moncton Hawks AHL 65 31 29 60 277
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 63 21 22 43 144 3 0 0 0 7
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 55 25 29 54 190
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 8 1 1 2 38 +1 10 2 0 2 20
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 12 6 4 10 34
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 62 5 4 9 191 -4 1 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 77 13 11 24 143 +10 13 2 1 3 27
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 6 2 5 7 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 44 6 6 12 139 +6 5 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 5 10 15 148 -9
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 51 7 3 10 57 -4
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 5 2 2 4 11
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 79 19 12 31 128 +4 4 0 3 3 20
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 29 4 2 6 87
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 51 13 11 24 80
NHL Totals 357 41 39 80 831 29 4 1 5 53


WHL West First All-Star Team (1987) Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, June 13, 1988. Traded to Washington by Winnipeg with Craig Duncanson and Simon Wheeldon for Bob Joyce, Tyler Larter and Kent Paynter, May 21, 1991. Traded to Boston by Washington with future considerations for John Byce and Dennis Smith, February 24, 1992. Claimed By Buffalo from Boston in NHL Waiver Draft, October 2, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 9, 1996.
Officially announced retirement and named Head Coach of Austin (WPHL), June 10, 1999.
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