Sargent played in an American Junior League (Midwest Junior Hockey League) for the Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings and was drafted 48th overall in 1974 by Los Angeles. In 400 NHL games he scored over 200 points which is an excellent total for the era. He had two or three fine offensive years for both Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota North Stars but his career ended before age 30.
Back injuries are a bugger and you don’t need to be an NHL hockey player to know it. The list of back troubles for Sargent is long and troubling:
- Missed part of 1979-80 season with slipped disc in back, an injury suffered in February 1980.
- Missed part of 1980-81 season with lower back injury, suffered in December 1980.
- Missed remainder of 1980-81 season after undergoing spinal fusion surgery at the Mayo Clinic on March 16, 1981.
- Struggled to come back from surgery in 1981-82 and was forced to sit out many games with back pain.
- Missed remainder of 1981-82 season with back spasms, suffered in January 1982.
- Missed most of 1982-83 season with knee injury suffered in November 1982 and re-injured in March 1983.