Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fran Huck
Centre Fran Huck was a talented offensive player who skated briefly with the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues in the 60s and 70s. He was better known as an international player for Canada and a reliable goal scorer in the WHA.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Huck, dominated the SJHL as a member of the local Pats. During his last two junior seasons he led the league with 86- and 77-goal performances. In 1965-66, Huck committed to the Canadian National Team and helped his country win bronze at the World Championships in 1966 and 1967 and the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. He also participated on the team when it finished a disappointing fourth at the 1969 World tourney. Following the 1966 World Championships, Huck was placed on the tournament all-star team.

The Montreal Canadiens prospect made his NHL debut late in the 1969-70 season. He played a few games the next season but was relegated to the AHL until he was sent to the St. Louis Blues, who were not as deep at forward. Huck registered 15 points in 29 games for his new club and was one of the best players when they lost in the quarterfinals to the Minnesota North Stars.

Huck played the entire 1971-72 season with the Denver Spurs of the WHL. After recording 91 points in 72 games, he was presented the Leader Cup as league MVP and placed on the second all-star team. The tricky veteran rejoined the Blues the next year and scored 16 goals while playing well without the puck. Prior to the 1973-74 season, Huck signed with the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA and scored 26 goals. He then played two years with the Minnesota Fighting Saints before returning to the Jets. During his last two pro seasons, Huck battled injuries and only made it into 17 games before retiring early in 1977-78.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Regina Pats SJHL 28 4 11 15 20 6 4 2 6 8
1963-64 Regina Pats SJHL 62 86 67 153 104 19 22 18 40 60
1963-64 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 5 3 0 3 4
1963-64 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 4 2 3 5 0
1964-65 Regina Pats SJHL 56 77 59 136 36 12 10 13 23 18
1964-65 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 10 15 10 25 4
1965-66 Canada Nat-Tm
1965-66 Canada WEC-A 7 4 4 8 8
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm
1966-67 Canada WEC-A 7 5 6 11 6
1967-68 Ottawa Nationals OHA-Sr. 18 8 17 25 24
1967-68 Canada Olympics 7 4 5 9 10
1968-69 Canada Nat-Tm
1968-69 Canada WEC-A 10 3 2 5 12
1969-70 Canada Nat-Tm
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 1 2 3 0 +3
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 31 12 17 29 18
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 29 7 8 15 18 +1 6 1 2 3 2
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 72 28 63 91 83 9 9 4 13 16
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 16 20 36 20 -1 5 2 2 4 0
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 74 26 48 74 68 4 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 22 45 67 26 12 3 13 16 6
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 59 17 32 49 27
1976-77 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss-2
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 12 2 2 4 10 7 0 2 2 6
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 5 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 94 24 30 54 38 11 3 4 7 2


SJHL First All-Star Team (1964)
SJHL Second All-Star Team (1965)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1966)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Leader Cup (WHL - MVP) (1972)
Loaned to Estevan and Edmonton by Regina for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1964. Loaned to Edmonton by Regina for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1965. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, March, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Michel Deguise) in 1971 Amateur Draft, January 28, 1971. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for cash, June, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, June, 1976.
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