Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Bloemberg
A big boy growing up in a small town. That was Jeff Bloemberg, who, like most Canadian kids, began skating at a young age in Listowel, Ontario. He came up through the minor ranks and played for the town's Junior B team, the Cyclones, before heading off to play major junior hockey in 1985-86 with the North Bay Centennials.

Bloemberg had the size and presence to keep the opposing forwards honest in the Centennials zone but managed to do so without any unnecessary roughness leading to needless penalties. Although he played a tough, aggressive style, he never surpassed 100 minutes in penalties in any of his three years in North Bay.

In 1986 Bloemberg was selected by the New York Rangers in the fifth round, 93rd overall in the NHL Entry Draft. During his first year as a pro, he was commissioned to the Rangers' minor-league affiliate in Denver. He was called up to New York for nine games during the 1988-89 season. He was inserted into the lineup for another 28 games the following year but it was evident the Rangers felt he was not going to be in their long-term plans. He remained in the organization for another two years, but was called back to the Big Apple just six times.

With expansion in 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed Bloemberg who was left unprotected by New York. Had he remained with the Lightning he may well have had a realistic opportunity at gaining full-time NHL employment, but just three months after being acquired by Tampa he was shipped off to the Edmonton Oilers. But Edmonton had a solid defensive corps and he was relegated to the minors for two years. Bloemberg signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Red Wings in 1995, but again he was destined to play in the minors.

In the fall of 1997 Bloemberg received a lucrative offer to play in Germany. In his first year he suited up with the Berlin Capitals and then skated for the Revier Lions in 1998-99 before retiring from competitive hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Listowel Cyclones ON-Jr.B 31 7 14 21 73
1985-86 North Bay Centennials OHL 60 2 11 13 76 8 1 2 3 9
1986-87 North Bay Centennials OHL 60 5 13 18 91 21 1 6 7 13
1987-88 North Bay Centennials OHL 46 9 26 35 60 4 1 4 5 2
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 5 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 1 8
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 0 0 0 +2
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 64 7 22 29 55 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 28 3 3 6 25 -8 7 0 3 3 5
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 41 7 21 28 24
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 2 2 0 +3
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 77 16 46 62 28 10 0 6 6 10
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1
1991-92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 66 6 41 47 22 11 1 10 11 10
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 76 6 45 51 34 16 5 10 15 10
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 78 8 28 36 36 6 0 3 3 8
1994-95 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 44 5 19 24 10 4 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 72 10 28 38 32 3 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 69 5 31 36 24 4 0 3 3 2
1997-98 Berlin Capitals Germany 27 3 7 10 16
1998-99 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 52 3 17 20 54
NHL Totals 43 3 6 9 25 7 0 3 3 5


AHL Second All-Star Team (1991) Claimed by Tampa Bay from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Edmonton by Tampa Bay for future considerations, September 25, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, August 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, May 9, 1995.
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