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John Taft
John Taft
Defenseman
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Born: May 8, 1954
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Drafted: DET / 1974 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 5th (81st overall)
Defenseman John Taft played 15 games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1978-79. He was a fine passer who could also play effectively in his own end. The bulk of his pro career took place in the minors and he was also a reliable international player for the USA.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Taft spent three years at the University of Wisconsin before signing on with the US national team. He spent nearly two years on the squad and took part in the 1974, B" Pool World tourney, the 1975 World Championships and the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics before returning for one last year of college. In 1974 he was named to the "B" Pool World Championship all-star team after helping the US claim the title. In 1977 he was named to the WCHA second all-star team and was placed on the NCAA championship all-tournament team.

Drafted 81st overall by Detroit in 1974, Taft made his pro debut with the CHL's Kansas City Red Wings in 1977-78. He recorded a couple of assists and was a +2 two in 15 games for Detroit in 1978-79 and notched a personal best 32 points for KC. He played the rest of his pro career in the minors and helped the Salt Lake Golden Eagles win the CHL title in 1981 and retired in 1983.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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