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John Kordic
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Born March 22, 1965(1965-03-22)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died August 8, 1992(1992-08-08) (aged 27)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
Played for NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
Quebec Nordiques
AHL
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Newmarket Saints
Cape Breton Oilers
NHL Draft 78th overall, 1983
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1985–1992

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.

Playing CareerEdit

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.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 4 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 11
1984–85 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 25 6 22 28 73
1984–85 Seattle Breakers WHL 46 17 36 53 154
1985–86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 68 3 14 17 238
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 1 1 12 18 0 0 0 53
1986–87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 10 4 4 8 49
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 5 3 8 151 11 2 0 2 19
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 2 6 8 159 7 2 2 4 26
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 0 0 13
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 Newmarket Saints AHL 8 1 1 2 79
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 9
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 101
1991–92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 12 2 1 3 141 5 0 1 1 53
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 18 0 2 2 115
NHL totals 244 17 18 35 997 41 4 3 7 131

DeathEdit

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.

Personal LifeEdit

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).

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