Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Hughes
Defenceman James "Rusty" Hughes played the 1929-30 season with the Detroit Cougars. Most of his career was spent in the minors where defensive zone coverage was his forte.

Born in Webbwood, Ontario, Hughes spent nearly two years with the Winnipeg Maroons of the old Central League before playing for three different clubs in the Can-Pro loop. After a solid year with the Buffalo Bisons in 1928-29, the Cougars in the Inter-League Draft claimed Hughes.

Following his only NHL season, the steady backliner spent most of the next six years in the IAHL before retiring in 1936. Hughes also spent a season in the AHA with the St. Louis Flyers in his well-traveled career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1923-24 Cobalt Jr. Miners NOJHA
1924-25 Cobalt Jr. Miners NOJHA
1925-26 0
1926-27 Windsor Hornets Can-Pro 1 1 0 1 0
1927-28 Windsor Hornets Can-Pro 18 0 2 2 17
1927-28 Niagara Falls Cataracts Can-Pro 16 0 0 0 34
1928-29 Buffalo Bisons Can-Pro 40 4 1 5 79
1929-30 Detroit Cougars NHL 40 0 1 1 48
1930-31 Detroit Olympics IHL 7 0 0 0 4
1930-31 Syracuse Stars IHL 39 1 2 3 75
1931-32 Syracuse Stars IHL 48 1 2 3 80
1932-33 St. Louis Flyers AHA 44 1 0 1 38 4 0 1 1 6
1933-34 Syracuse Stars IHL 43 2 2 4 76 6 1 0 1 2
1934-35 Syracuse Stars IHL 28 0 2 2 45
1934-35 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 14 0 2 2 22
1935-36 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 12 0 1 1 6
1935-36 Pittsburgh Shamrocks IHL 32 1 4 5 48
1936-37 Kansas City Greyhounds AHA 41 0 1 1 56 3 0 0 0 11
NHL Totals 40 0 1 1 48


Signed as a free agent by Windsor (Can-Pro), March 8, 1927. Claimed by Detroit from Windsor (Can-Pro) in Inter-League Draft, May 13, 1929. Traded to Syracuse (IHL) by Detroit for Val Hoffinger, December 7, 1930. Traded to St. Louis (AHA) by Syracuse (IHL) for cash, October 19, 1932. Signed as a free agent by Syracuse (IHL), October, 1933. Traded to Windsor (IHL) by Syracuse (IHL) for cash, October 17, 1935.
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (IHL) after securing release from Windsor (IHL), December 18, 1935.
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