Ogrodnick scored 402 goals in a 14-year NHL career spent almost entirely with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.
The Red Wings selected Ogrodnick, a forward born in Ottawa, in the fourth round (No. 66) of the 1979 NHL Draft after he scored 48 goals in his second full season with New Westminster of the Western Hockey League. He started 1979-80 with Adirondack of the American Hockey League but was called up by the Red Wings at midseason and had an assist in his NHL debut Jan. 12, 1980, against the Hartford Whalers. He scored his first NHL goal one week later against the Minnesota North Stars.