Thursday, April 7, 2011

Francis “Fran” Huck

Inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame

– Athlete – Hockey

Like many other Regina-born hockey players, Fran Huck developed his hockey skills within the Regina Pats organization. Starting in the 1962/63 season, Fran became an important cog in the Junior “A” Pats team. His scoring and play making abilities resulted in an exceptional junior career which included leading the league in scoring in the 1963/64 and 1964/65 seasons, being named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1963/64, and being honoured as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s (SJHL) first All-Star team centre. Huck’s scoring totals in his junior career saw him play in 183 regular season and play-off games scoring 203 goals and 170 assists for a scoring average of over two points per game. (Photo: Huck in a Regina Pats Jersey)

Huck played on the famous Golden Hawk line with Andy Black and Barry Meissner.

All three players wore the Golden Helmets.

Following his junior career, Huck played several seasons of international hockey with the Jackie McLeod-coached Canadian National Team. At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, Fran was an important part of the Canadian bronze medal winning team leading the Canucks with four goals and five assists in the Olympic competition. (Photo: Taken by Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston)

In 1969, Huck began his pro hockey career playing for the Montreal Voyageurs of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 1971 with the Denver Spurs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), he collected 104 points in 81 games. He was also called up by the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Montreal Canadiens during this season and was eventually traded to the St. Louis Blues. His NHL career saw Fran play in 105 games before he moved on to the World Hockey Association (WHA) where he spent time with the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Fighting Saints. By the end of his WHA career in 1978, Fran had played 251 games and scored 212 points.

Fran turned to coaching for a short time in the Winnipeg area following his pro career. He was honoured in 1999 by his selection to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHL) Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo: Huck showing his (IIHL Award)

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 17, 2006.