Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Blum
Rugged defenceman John Blum played 250 games in the NHL with four different teams in the 1980s. He was utilized to play the body keep the front of the net clear while more talented teammates moved forward with the puck.

The native of Detroit was a force on the University of Michigan's blueline for four years and was placed on the WCHA second all-star team in 1981. He was signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers but saw action in only a handful of NHL games. A trade to the Boston Bruins in March 1984 gave Blum a chance to play regularly.

Blum suited the hard-working "lunch-bucket crew" image of the Bruins. He was a regular for two years but was placed on waivers when the club made changes in 1986. He added a physical component to the Washington Capitals' blueline in 1986-87 before he was re-acquired by Boston to provide depth. Blum also played a few games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1988-89 before returning for a third stint in Boston the next season. He then spent five years in the minors before retiring in 1995.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Harper Woods/Notre Dame High-MI
1977-78 University of Michigan WCHA 7 0 0 0 4
1978-79 University of Michigan WCHA 35 1 11 12 87
1979-80 University of Michigan WCHA 37 9 41 50 79
1980-81 University of Michigan WCHA 38 9 43 52 93
1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL 78 8 33 41 247 7 0 3 3 24
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 3 3 24 +2
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 76 10 30 40 219
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 1 1 2 0
1983-84 Moncton Alpines AHL 57 3 22 25 202
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 12 1 1 2 30 +5 3 0 0 0 4
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 75 3 13 16 263 0 5 0 0 0 13
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 61 1 7 8 80 +8 3 0 0 0 6
1985-86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 12 1 5 6 37
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 66 2 8 10 133 +1 6 0 1 1 4
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 19 0 1 1 70 -5 3 0 1 1 0
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 43 5 18 23 136 8 0 6 6 35
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 8 -2
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 56 1 19 20 168 12 0 1 1 18
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 77 1 20 21 134
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 57 4 8 12 75 1 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 51 0 6 6 76 1 0 0 0 2
1992-93
1993-94 Daytona Beach Sun Devils SunHL 12 0 2 2 67
1994-95 Detroit Falcons ColHL 71 1 14 15 98 12 0 2 2 20
NHL Totals 250 7 34 41 610 20 0 2 2 27


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1981) Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, May 5, 1981. Traded to Boston by Edmonton for Larry Melnyk, March 6, 1984. Claimed by Washington from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 6, 1986. Traded to Boston by Washington for Boston's 7th round pick (Brad Schlegel) in 1988 NHL Draft, June 1, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 12, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 6, 1989.
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