Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Baumgartner
The Bomber was a brawler with a brain. Known mainly for his pugilistic skills on the ice and in the penalty box, Baumgartner was in fact a man of varied pursuits. During many off-seasons he attended Hofstra University on Long Island, earning a degree in business and finance. In his WHL years, besides hitting helmets and heads, he hit the books, making the league’s all-scholastic team in 1984, the year before his Prince Albert Raiders won the Memorial Cup.

His longtime involvement in the NHL Players Association resulted in his election as its vice-president in 1994. He had plenty of time to work on the collective bargaining agreement in 1994-95 after he badly injured his shoulder two games into the season, wiping out the rest of the year. Though he never went too long without discussing the finer points of finance with penalty-box assistants, Baumgartner did play in 94 games without registering a point, a streak that stretched from November of 1991 to April of 1993.

His entry into the NHL was amazing given that he was drafted a lowly 245th overall by Buffalo in 1985, thus making him one of the lowest selections to play in the league. In a career that spanned 12 seasons and some 696 games, Baumgartner was universally respected in the dressing room and on the ice, an enforcer who was never dirty and who did his job compliantly. Over the course of his five teams, he came closest to the Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs in 1993 when the team was a win away from an appearance in the finals. Baumgartner retired at the end of the 99-2000 season and became an Assistant Coach with the Bruins before attending Harvard University to continue his studies in business.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Swift Current Broncos SJHL
1983-84 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 57 1 6 7 203 4 0 0 0 23
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 60 3 9 12 252 13 1 3 4 89
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders M-Cup 4 0 0 0 80
1985-86 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 70 4 23 27 277 20 3 9 12 112
1986-87 EHC Chur Swiss 36 2 3 5 85
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 0 3 3 99 6 0 0 0 60
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 2 3 5 189 +5 5 0 1 1 28
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 48 1 5 6 181
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 1 3 4 288 -9 5 0 0 0 8
1988-89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 10 1 3 4 26
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 0 1 28 -10
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 53 0 5 5 194 +6 4 0 0 0 27
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 78 1 6 7 282 -14
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 44 0 1 1 202 -10
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 0 0 23 +1
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 1 0 1 155 -11 7 1 0 1 0
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 4 4 8 185 -6 10 0 0 0 18
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 5 0
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 2 3 5 152 -5
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 12 0 1 1 41 0
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 67 0 11 11 182 0 11 0 1 1 11
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 82 0 1 1 199 -14 6 0 0 0 14
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 69 1 3 4 119 -6 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 696 13 41 54 2244 51 1 2 3 106


Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Sean McKenna and Larry Playfair for Brian Engblom and Doug Smith, January 30, 1986. Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles with Hubie McDonough for Mikko Makela, November 29, 1989. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with Dave McLlwain for Daniel Marois and Claude Loiselle, March 10, 1992. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto for Winnipeg's 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Kim Staal) in 1996 NHL Draft, March 20, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 14, 1997.
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