Roderick Parker Hinks
Born: April 11, 1973 (Toronto)
Died: September 18, 2014 (Stoney Creek, Ontario)
Rod Hinks, who was a New York Islanders draft pick and had a long career in professional hockey in Europe, has died unexpectedly at his home in Ontario. He was 41.
Hinks had a 104-point (47 goals, 57 assists) season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 1992-93. He followed with another 104-point season (46 goals, 58 assists) split between the Wolves and the Owen Sound Platers.
The Islanders selected the 5-foot-11, 185-pound centre in the eighth round (No. 196 overall) of the 1993 NHL entry draft.
Hinks spent the 1994-95 season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast hockey League, scoring 30 goals with 46 assists in 66 games. He also picked a lone assist in three games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
The centre first went to Europe to play for Fassa in Italy in 1995. He returned after one season to join the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League, where he scored 39 goals and added 40 assists in 55 games.
He returned to Europe for the 1997-98 campaign, the first of 12 consecutive seasons in which he played pro hockey on the continent. He suited up for Val Gardena, Wiener EV, Riessersee, Villacher, Vipiteno, Merano, Newcastle Vipers, Bietgheim-Bissingen, Klostersee, and the Newcastle Vipers.
After a season of senior hockey in his home province with the Dundas Real McCoys, Hinks completed his playing career by scoring 22 goals in 28 games for Schongau in Germany.
He was a longtime employee of the Waves Sports Centre in Burlington, Ont.