John Taft

For the writer, see John G. Taft

John Taft
Born (1954-03-08) March 8, 1954 (age 66)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1974
Detroit Red Wings
WHA Draft 120th overall, 1974
Phoenix Roadrunners
Playing career 1977–1983

John Philip Taft (born March 8, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman.

Although Taft played 15 National Hockey League regular season games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1978–79, he spent most of his career in the minor leagues. As an amateur he played for the US team in the 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the University of Wisconsin–Madison men's hockey team in the early 1970s. He also represented the United States in the 1973, 1974 and 1975 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. His daughter is Jenny Taft who works for Fox Sports 1 including being moderator Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and his son-in-law is Matt Gilroy, a former NHL Defenseman.

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1973 [1]
All-WCHA Second Team 1976–77 [2]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1977 [1]


  1. ^ a b "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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