John Jeffrey Odgers (born May 31, 1969) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played over 800 games in the National Hockey League for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers. Mainly an enforcer, Odgers compiled a total of 2364 penalty minutes in 821 regular season games. He also scored 75 goals and 70 assists for 145 points. Odgers served as captain of the San Jose Sharks for the latter half of the 1994-95 season and the entire 1995–96 season. He was also known for his mustache while with the Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers.
May 31, 1969|
Spy Hill, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
San Jose Sharks|
Odgers was undrafted by any NHL team. He attended a developmental tryout camp on the invitation of Chuck Grillo and was then invited to pre-season camp with the Minnesota North Stars. Though unsigned by the North Stars, Odgers received a personal services contract with the San Jose Sharks and was assigned to the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. Odgers played 61 games in the San Jose Sharks' inaugural season. Odgers led the Sharks with most penalty minutes (since broken). He would later be the captain of the Sharks in 1994-95 until 1996, when he joined the Boston Bruins.
In September 2006, Odgers served as color commentator for an Atlanta Thrashers pre-season game. It was believed to be an on-air tryout alongside longtime Thrashers announcer Dan Kamal to replace Billy Jaffe, who had joined the New York Islanders. Odgers got the job, and served as the color commentator with Kamal on Atlanta AM radio station 680 The Fan for two seasons. At the beginning of the 2008-09 season it was announced that he would not return because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Odgers spent the 2008-09 season as a trainer for his son John's team, the Yorkton Midget Kinsmen Terriers of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League (SSMHL). For the 2009-10 season Odgers coached the Bantam AA Yorkton Terriers of the SSMHL. Another son, Dakota, was a member of that squad. Odgers currently plays Senior Hockey for the Rocanville Tigers of the Triangle Hockey League.
Outside hockey, Odgers manages his family farm as well as conducts safety training at the Mosaic K3 Mine Site in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan.
|1986–87||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||70||7||14||21||150||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||70||17||18||35||202||4||1||1||2||14|
|1988–89||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||71||31||29||60||277||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||64||37||28||65||209||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Kansas City Blades||IHL||77||12||19||31||318||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Kansas City Blades||IHL||12||2||2||4||56||9||3||0||3||13|
|1991–92||San Jose Sharks||NHL||61||7||4||11||217||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||San Jose Sharks||NHL||66||12||15||27||253||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||San Jose Sharks||NHL||81||13||8||21||222||11||0||0||0||11|
|1994–95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||48||4||3||7||117||11||1||1||2||23|
|1995–96||San Jose Sharks||NHL||78||12||4||16||192||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Calvin Daniels (2004). Guts and Go: Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories. Heritage House. pp. 97–102. ISBN 978-1-894384-80-3. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
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