Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Bell
Bruce Bell was an offensive-minded defenceman who played on five different NHL clubs in the late 1980s. He was an efficient passer and joined the rush with confidence but was eventually worn down by the physical play in the NHL.

The Toronto native scored 124 points in three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds, Windsor Spitfires, and Brantford Alexanders. He was chosen 53rd overall by the Quebec Nordiques at the 1983 Entry Draft. Bell scored 37 points as a rookie and helped the Nords reach the semi-finals.

Prior to the 1985-86 season, the young blueliner was traded to the St. Louis Blues for francophone defenceman Gilbert Delorme. He developed into a solid positional player under coach Jacques Demers and helped the Blues come within one game of making the Stanley Cup finals in 1986. The following year he was playing steadily until he was hurt by a devastating bodycheck by Toronto's Wendel Clark. Bell was never the same player after he was knocked out by this jolt and skated briefly with the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers before heading to the minors.

As a change of pace he signed with the Durham Wasps and Durham Hawks of the British League in 1995-96 and also played with VSV Villach of Austria. He returned to North America in 1997-98 and played with four different minor pro clubs before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Toronto Young Nationals MTHL
1981-82 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 67 11 18 29 63 12 0 2 2 24
1982-83 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 5 0 2 2 2
1982-83 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 10 35 45 39 3 0 4 4 0
1983-84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 63 7 41 48 55 6 0 3 3 16
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 6 31 37 44 +32 16 2 2 4 21
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 2 18 20 43 +2 14 0 2 2 13
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 3 13 16 18 +3 4 1 1 2 7
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 13 1 2 3 8 -10
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 65 11 34 45 107 4 2 3 5 0
1988-89 HC Bolzano Italy 11 6 7 13 6 5 1 3 4 2
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 9 1 4 5 4
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 12 0 6 6 0 2 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 52 8 26 34 64 6 3 4 7 2
1990-91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 14 2 5 7 7
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 48 5 21 26 32 3 0 0 0 8
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 45 5 16 21 70 10 4 7 11 8
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 70 10 28 38 120 6 0 2 2 6
1993-94 Brantford Smoke ColHL 51 10 38 48 22
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 13 1 5 6 16
1994-95 Fort Worth Fire CHL 48 12 50 62 77
1995-96 Durham Wasps BH-Cup 4 0 2 2 8
1995-96 Durham Wasps Britain 17 5 12 17 30
1995-96 Humberside Hawks Britain 11 3 5 8 76 5 0 0 0 0
1996-97 EC Villacher SV Alpenliga 42 5 30 35 76
1996-97 EC VSV Villach Austria 6 1 4 5 36
1997-98 Reno Renegades WCHL 24 4 11 15 14 -16
1997-98 Phoenix Mustangs WCHL 9 1 2 3 8 +1
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 2 0 0 0 2 +1
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 8 0 0 0 16 -3
NHL Totals 209 12 64 76 113 34 3 5 8 41


NHL All-Rookie Team (1985)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
Traded to St. Louis by Quebec for Gilbert Delorme, October 2, 1985. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with future considerations for Tony McKegney and Rob Whistle, May 28, 1987. Traded to Quebec by NY Rangers with Jari Gronstrand, Walt Poddubny and NY Rangers' 4th round pick (Eric Dubois) in 1989 NHL Draft for Jason Lafreniere and Normand Rochefort, August 1, 1988. Claimed on waivers by Detroit from Quebec, December 20, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, February 1, 1990. Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton for Kari Takko, November, 22, 1990. Played w/ RHI's Sacramento River Rats in 1995 (22-10-10-20-36)
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