Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Flesch
Left-winger John Flesch was role player for three different teams in the 1970s. He had the size to be effective in the corners and was a capable scorer, particularly in the IHL.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Flesch played the 1971-72 season with the local Wolves of the NOHA. The next season he scored 28 goals in 29 games while attending Lake Superior State University then was chosen 69th overall by the Atlanta Flames in the NHL Amateur Draft.

During his first year in the pros, Flesch put forth a solid 27-goal effort for the Omaha Knights of the CHL. Following the season he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars and played 57 games in 1974-75. Flesch scored 23 points playing on a line with...and saw action on the power play and penalty killing units. The next season was split between the Stars and the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL before he no longer fit in Minnesota's plans.

The hard-working forward was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins in February, 1978. He played 29 games for the Pens in 1977-78 but spent the entire 1978-79 season with the IHL's Grand Rapids Owls. That year Flesch scored 82 points and was named to the league's second all-star team. The next season Flesch was in the midst of another fine year with the Owls when he was signed by the Colorado Rockies where he played five more big league games. Flesch played six more years in the "I:" with the Milwaukee Admirals and the Kalamazoo Wings before retiring in 1986. During the 1981-82 season he scored 93 points in 82 games for Milwaukee and was voted on to the IHL first all-star team.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Sudbury Wolves NOJHA 48 17 24 41 182
1972-73 Lake Superior State CCHA 29 28 32 60 108
1973-74 Omaha Knights CHL 69 27 27 54 98 5 1 2 3 4
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 8 15 23 47 -19
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 3 2 5 47 -8
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 31 11 10 21 95 3 1 0 1 2
1976-77 Columbus Owls IHL 74 34 39 73 210 7 1 5 6 15
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 29 7 5 12 19 -7
1977-78 Dayton/Grand Rapids Owls IHL 43 11 19 30 106
1978-79 Grand Rapids Owls IHL 67 26 56 82 149 22 10 15 25 36
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 5 0 1 1 4 -1
1979-80 Grand Rapids Owls IHL 76 39 54 93 66
1980-81 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 70 27 44 71 70 7 1 3 4 6
1981-82 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 82 39 54 93 45 5 2 2 4 4
1982-83 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 51 24 31 55 56 11 5 7 12 10
1983-84 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 43 44 87 27 4 0 2 2 0
1984-85 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 82 38 40 78 72 11 9 4 13 2
1985-86 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 48 15 15 30 33 6 0 3 3 2
NHL Totals 124 18 23 41 117


IHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
IHL First All-Star Team (1982)
Traded to Minnesota by Atlanta with Don Martineau for Buster Harvey and Jerry Byers, May 27, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, February 4, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, January 13, 1980. Traded to Kalamazoo (IHL) by Milwaukee (IHL) for Kevin Schamehorn, October, 1984.
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