Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Hodgson
Defenceman Rick Hodgson played six games for the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80. He was a gritty competitor who could also contribute on offense. The bulk of his success came in junior, on the international stage and as a minor leaguer.

Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Hodgson spent three years with the WCJHL's Calgary Centennials and represented Canada at the 1975 World Junior Championships. He was taken 46th overall by the Atlanta Flames in 1976 then spent his first three pro seasons with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central League.

In June 1979, the Hartford Whalers at the Expansion Draft following the NHL/WHA merger claimed Hodgson. The young rearguard recorded 33 points for the AHL's Springfield Indians then played six regular season games and one playoff match in Hartford before retiring due to injuries.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL 59 8 13 21 128
1972-73 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL
1973-74 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 65 8 44 52 174 14 1 9 10 34
1974-75 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 56 7 36 43 221
1974-75 Canada WJC-A 3 0 1 1 0
1975-76 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 50 7 48 55 168
1976-77 Tulsa Oilers CHL 62 3 18 21 101 6 0 0 0 6
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 76 7 20 27 180 7 0 3 3 19
1978-79 Tulsa Oilers CHL 75 9 17 26 167
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 0 0 0 6 -5 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 75 7 26 33 186
NHL Totals 6 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0


Claimed by Hartford from Atlanta in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
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