|Born||March 22, 1965 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Died||August 8, 1992 (aged 27) |
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||NHL |
Toronto Maple Leafs
Cape Breton Oilers
|NHL Draft||78th overall, 1983|
John Kordic (born John Nicholas Kordic on March 22, 1965) was a Canadian hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL).
His nickname was "Rambo." He was known as an enforcer on the ice.
John was drafted 78th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.
He won the Calder Cup with the Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1985 and a Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens in 1986.
On November 7, 1988, John was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Montreal's sixth-round choice (Michael Doers) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Russ Courtnall.
While playing for the Maple Leafs, he wore #27 that was formerly worn by Leaf players Darryl Sittler and Frank Mahovlich.
On January 24, 1991, John was traded to the Washington Capitals along with Paul Fenton in exchange for Washington's fifth-round choice Alexei Kudashov in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
On October 4, 1991, he was signed as a free agent by the Quebec Nordiques.
In 1992, John moved back to Quebec after finishing the season with the Cape Breton Oilers and had expressed hope that he could turn his life around if he could catch on with the Oilers and play in his hometown.
|1982–83||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||72||3||22||25||235||14||1||6||7||30|
|1983–84||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||67||9||50||59||232||14||0||3||3||56|
|1984–85||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||25||6||22||28||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||46||1||2||3||185||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||9||4||13||252||5||0||1||1||33|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||0||0||0||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Cape Breton Oilers||AHL||12||2||1||3||141||5||0||1||1||53|
On August 8, 1992, John died of lung failure due to heart malfunction at the age of 27 after overdosing on drugs & being invovled in a struggle with the police at the Motel Maxim in L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada.
John's brother Dan Kordic played for the Philadelphia Flyers organization in the 1990s.
At the time of his death, he was engaged to marry a former exotic dancer named Nancy Masse, who used to work at a Quebec club called Le Folichon (less than a mile from where he died).