No, not the famous director of 1980’s teen angst movies. This John Hughes played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08. John began his OHL career with the Belleville Bulls and played two full seasons there before being traded midway through the 2006-07 season to the Brampton Batallion.
Hughes has played in Europe since leaving the OHL. This past season, John played for the Hannover Indians of Germany’s Bundesliga and finished off the season with Tappara Tampere in Finland. In his first season in Europe, he played for Salzburg Red Bulls in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.
An offensive minded forward, Hughes totalled 283 points over his 256 regular season game OHL career. In 2005-06, he led the Belleville Bulls in points with 82 on 28 goals and 54 assists.
In 2006-07, his 59 points with the Battalion was good for second on the team. With the 20 points he obtained with the Bulls before being traded to Brampton, he was easily the team’s top point getter.
In his final season, John’s 91 points were good for tops on the team and earned him a Jim Mahon Trophy for the Ontario Hockey League’s top point-getting right winger.
Hughes was honoured in Austria as the player with the best plus/minus in 2008-09.