Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Houck
Right-winger Paul Houck spent parts of three years with the Minnesota North Stars in the 80s. Although his NHL career was short he was a top scorer as an amateur and a fine two-way worker in the minors.

Born in North Vancouver, BC, Houck starred for the Kelowna Buckaroos in 1980-81 when he led the BCJHL with 65 goals in 52 games. He was noticed by several scouts and taken 71st overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the 1981 Entry Draft. The young forward then moved on to University of Wisconsin for four years and contributed to an NCAA championship in 1983 when he was named to the tournament all-star team. Following the 1982-83 season he was also voted on to the CCHA second all-star team.

In May, 1985, the Oilers traded Houck to the North Stars for veteran netminder Gilles Meloche. He spent three years as a top farmhand on the Springfield Indians of the AHL and the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings. He was also called up briefly each season and accumulated 16 career games. Houck retired in 1989 after scoring 22 goals for the Indianapolis Ice of the "I".

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 52 65 51 116 39
1981-82 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 9 16 25 38
1982-83 University of Wisconsin WCHA 47 38 33 71 36
1983-84 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 20 20 40 29
1984-85 University of Wisconsin WCHA 39 16 24 40 54
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 10 1 0 1 0
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 1 0 1 0 +1
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 61 15 17 32 27
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 0 2 2 2 -2
1986-87 Springfield Indians AHL 64 29 18 47 58
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 74 27 29 56 73 7 3 4 7 8
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 2 1 0 1 0
1988-89 Indianapolis Ice IHL 81 22 37 59 51
1989-90 IJC Utrecht Holland 40 35 46 81
1990-91 IJC Utrecht Holland 41 37 40 77 49
NHL Totals 16 1 2 3 2


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1983)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1983)
Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton for Gilles Meloche, May 31, 1985.
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