September 04, 2015

Ronnie Hudson

Ronnie Hudson played one season with the Detroit Red Wings back in 1937-38.

The Wings signed Hudson after he led the Halifax Wolverines to the Allan Cup national amateur senior hockey championship in 1935. With the tournament held in Halifax to boot, Hudson led all scorers with 12 goals in 8 games.

Hudson was born in Calgary and played junior hockey in Ontario, but spent four years in the maritimes playing senior hockey. It was his first season in Halifax after two seasons in Prince Edward Island and one season in Truro.

The Wings signed him and allowed him to apprentice with their minor league team, the Detroit Olympics, in 1935-36. They relocated the farm team to Pittsburgh to become the famed Hornets franchise in 1936-37.

Offensively Hudson did not have great seasons in the minors. But by 1937-38 Hudson earned a season with the big club, scoring five goals and seven points in 32 games with the Red Wings.

Aside from a one game call-up in the 1939-40 season, that was the extent of Hudson's NHL career. He would play several more years in the AHL, emerging as a top scorer and all star. This was all during the World War II years. Despite NHL rosters increasingly depleted by military commitments, Hudson never found his way back to the NHL.

By 1943 Hudson himself was off to help Canada's war efforts, losing two hockey seasons. He attempted to return to the AHL upon his discharge, but after zero goals and two assists in 21 games, he retired.

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