Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Hilworth
Defenceman John Hilworth spent parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings in the late 70s. He was a hard hitter who played an abrasive style in his own end but could also pass the puck fairly well.

Born in Jasper, Alberta, Hilworth played with the Drumheller Miners of the AJHL before joining the WCJHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. He was chosen 55th overall by the Red Wings in 1977 after registering 34 points and 268 penalty minutes in his last junior season.

The young rearguard played five games in Motown during the 1977-78 season but saw most of his ice time with the Kansas City Red Wings of the CHL. Hilworth split the next year between Detroit and KC but was strictly a farmhand by the next year. After being picked up on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers in March, 1980, he spent a year with the CHL's Wichita Wind. He retired early in the 1984-85 season after a solid 2 1/2 years in the IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Drumheller Falcons AJHL 57 10 28 38 161
1973-74 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 13 0 2 2 11 6 0 0 0 12
1974-75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 70 1 12 13 146 5 0 3 3 10
1975-76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 67 3 17 20 257 5 1 1 2 33
1976-77 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 70 6 28 34 268 4 0 0 0 10
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 0 0 12 0
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 63 3 8 11 119
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 1 1 2 66 -13
1978-79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 42 2 14 16 107 3 0 0 0 16
1978-79 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 2 3 7
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 0 0 11 -2
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 29 0 2 2 83
1979-80 Johnstown Red Wings EHL 4 0 4 4 11
1979-80 Houston Apollos CHL 12 2 2 4 36 6 0 3 3 12
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 64 3 12 15 144 13 1 3 4 42
1981-82
1982-83 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 82 16 46 62 171 10 2 6 8 33
1983-84 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 75 10 20 30 124 6 0 0 0 11
1984-85 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 24 2 5 7 48 6 0 0 0 9
NHL Totals 57 1 1 2 89


Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Detroit, March, 1980.
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