Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Morris Lukowich
Morris Lukowich put in three outstanding seasons of junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WCJHL, making the league's all-star team in 1976 on the strength of his 142 points in 72 games.

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Houston Aeros of the WHA secured his rights in their respective drafts. Both clubs offered Lukowich about the same money. But a week spent with Gordie, Marty, and Mark Howe in Houston salted the deal in favour of the Aeros. Lukowich was impressed with the family and figured he'd learn a great deal while getting plenty of ice time.

The move paid off as he became a prolific goal scorer during his two seasons in Houston and his final WHA campaign with the Winnipeg Jets. Lukowich remained with the Jets as they drifted into the NHL in 1979. The Penguins attempted to exercise their rights to the talented winger, but the Jets played their priority selection card to retain his services.

In the NHL, Lukowich remained a potent goal scorer and playmaker. He appeared in the NHL All-Star Games of 1980 and 1981. He also played for Team Canada at the 1981 World Championships.

He reached the peak of his career in 1982-83, scoring 92 points in 77 games. Lukowich lasted two more years with the Jets before his numbers fell into decline as he made stops in Boston and Los Angeles where he rounded out his NHL days in 1987.

Lukowich noted that he felt his departure from the NHL was premature. He cited posturing by an ineffective agent for having put him out of favour with the league. As an alternative, he went to play hockey in Switzerland and Italy for a few years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL
1973-74 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 65 13 14 27 55 6 1 1 2 21
1974-75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 70 40 54 94 111 5 4 1 5 2
1975-76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 72 65 77 142 195 9 5 8 13 20
1976-77 Houston Aeros WHA 62 27 18 45 67 11 6 4 10 19
1977-78 Houston Aeros WHA 80 40 35 75 131 6 1 2 3 17
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 80 65 34 99 119 10 8 7 15 21
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 35 39 74 77 -16
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 33 34 67 90 -39
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 2 1 3 4
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 43 49 92 102 -4 4 0 2 2 16
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 22 21 43 67 -28
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 30 25 55 71 +10 3 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 47 5 9 14 31 -13
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 22 5 8 13 21 +7 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 14 1 4 5 10 +2
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 11 9 20 51 -19
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 14 21 35 64 0 3 0 0 0 8
1987-88 HC Merano Italy 23 16 31 47 46
1988-89
1989-90 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss-2 36 30 35 65
NHL Totals 582 199 219 418 584 11 0 2 2 24


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1976)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1981)
Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1976 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1976. Traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for cash, July, 1978. Reclaimed by Pittsburgh from Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed as a priority selection by Winnipeg, June 9, 1979. Traded to Boston by Winnipeg for Jim Nill, February 4, 1985. Claimed on waivers by Los Angeles from Boston, November 15, 1985.
Played w/ RHI's Calgary Radz in 1993 (3-1-5-6-10).
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