Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dale Hoganson
The Los Angeles Kings in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft selected Dale Hoganson in the second round, 16th overall. The team was looking for a big defenseman with strong playmaking abilities, and headman the puck to the streaking forwards down the wings.

Hoganson began his professional career in 1969-70, suiting up for 49 games with the Kings, scoring a goal and eight points. It was a tough transition going straight from the junior ranks into the NHL, and his job was made more difficult given the fact the Kings were still one of the weaker clubs in the NHL at the time.

In 1970-71, the Kings, starting in 70 games, scoring four goals and 14 points, heavily relied upon Hoganson. Midway through the 1971-72 season, Hoganson was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for goalie Rogie Vachon, which he viewed as being a mixed blessing. On the one hand, he was getting the chance to join a Stanley Cup contender; on the other, the Montreal Canadiens were stacked with talent, which Hoganson thought would leave him on the outside looking in. His fears were confirmed as he played in only 47 games over two years with Montreal.

Hoganson realized he was not going to supplant any of the regular Canadiens' defensemen for a full-time roster spot, so he jumped to the WHA's Quebec Nordiques for the 1973-74 season. In 62 games, he scored eight goals and 41 points, establishing himself as a key component of the Nordique defense. The next year, he played in 78 games, tallying 44 points.

In the fall of 1976, Hoganson joined the Birmingham Bulls where he played for two seasons before rejoining the Nordiques in 1978-79. By the time he had reached the age of 31 in 1980, Hoganson was still playing for the Nordiques after they joined the NHL with the dissolution of the WHA. However, at the age of 31 in 1980, Hoganson had become best known for his multitude of injuries during his career. He had three shoulder operations, a hernia operation, had broken his collarbone and several toes broken, mostly from blocking shots taken from the point. Add to the list a litany of back problems and Hoganson decided to hang up the skates after playing 30 games with the Nordiques in 1981-82.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Estevan Bruins SJHL 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
1965-66 Estevan Bruins SJHL 56 15 18 33 19 12 0 0 0 6
1965-66 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 11 3 4 7 10
1966-67 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 55 3 17 20 35 13 2 3 5 21
1967-68 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 56 19 40 59 36 14 9 13 22 4
1967-68 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 14 7 10 17 8
1968-69 Estevan Bruins WCJHL 54 16 44 60 67 10 0 3 3
1968-69 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 14 7 9 16 8
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 1 7 8 37 -21
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 19 2 5 7 43
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 4 10 14 52 -16
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 1 2 3 14 -2
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 0 0 2 +5
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 13 3 4 7 11
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 0 2 2 2 +4
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 62 8 33 41 27
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 78 9 35 44 47 13 1 3 4 4
1975-76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 45 3 14 17 18 5 1 3 4 2
1976-77 Birmingham Bulls WHA 81 7 48 55 48
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 43 1 12 13 29 5 0 0 0 7
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 69 2 19 21 17 4 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 4 36 40 31 -42
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 61 3 14 17 32 -8 5 0 3 3 10
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 30 0 6 6 16 -24 6 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 19 2 4 6 18
NHL Totals 343 13 77 90 186 11 0 3 3 12


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1968, 1969) Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles with Denis DeJordy, Noel Price and Doug Robinson for Rogie Vachon, November 4, 1971. Selected by Calgary-Cleveland (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Quebec (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1973. Rights traded to Atlanta by Montreal for cash, May 29, 1973. Traded to Birmingham (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for future considerations (Jim Dorey, October, 1976), June 30, 1976. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Birmingham (WHA) for cash, July 7, 1978. Rights retained by Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.
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