Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Bruce
Left-winger David Bruce played over 200 games for three different clubs in the 1980s and '90s. He was fine skater with a quick release whose scoring exploits in junior and the minors were well known.

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bruce starred for the local Flyers in the TBJHL before spending two years in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers. After scoring 36 goals in 1982-83 he was claimed 30th overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the Entry Draft. He was returned to junior and became one of the top snipers in the league with 52 goals in 62 games. Both years in junior he also earned a reputation as one of the scrappiest forwards in the OHL.

Bruce spent most of his first two pro seasons with the Fredericton Express of the AHL. He began to gain more playing time in Vancouver but continued to spend at least part of each season in the minors. In 1989-90 he scored 75 points for the Milwaukee Admirals and was voted on to the IHL first all-star team. A few weeks later, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues were solid at centre so Bruce was sent to the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL where he enjoyed his finest season as a pro. He scored a league leading 64 goals in the regular season, led all post-season skaters with 18 goals while helping Peoria win the Turner Cup, and won the James Gatschene Memorial trophy as the most valuable player in the "I".

Prior to the 1991-92 season, Bruce was claimed in the Expansion Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He scored a career-high 22 goals for the first year club but was strictly a part time player the next two seasons. He enjoyed five solid years in the IHL with the Kansas City Blades then joined Germany's EV Landshut for one season before retiring in 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Thunder Bay Flyers TBJHL 35 27 31 58 74
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 67 36 35 71 199 12 7 9 16 27
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 52 40 92 203 10 5 8 13 20
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 4 2 4 6 18
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 56 14 11 25 104 5 0 0 0 37
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 0 1 1 14 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 66 25 16 41 151 2 0 1 1 12
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 50 9 7 16 109 +2
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 17 7 6 13 73
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 28 7 3 10 57 -6
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 30 27 18 45 115
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 7 7 14 65 -16
1989-90 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 68 40 35 75 148 6 5 3 8 0
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 1 2 3 14 +1 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 60 64 52 116 78 18 18 11 29 40
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 22 16 38 46 -20
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 7 5 5 10 6
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 17 2 3 5 33 -14
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1993-94 Kansas City Blades IHL 72 40 24 64 115
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 63 33 25 58 80
1995-96 Kansas City Blades IHL 62 27 26 53 84 1 0 0 0 8
1996-97 Kansas City Blades IHL 79 45 24 69 90 3 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 54 20 12 32 58 -3 11 3 2 5 21
1998-99 EV Landshut Germany 43 4 9 13 20 2 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 234 48 39 87 338 3 0 0 0 2


IHL First All-Star Team (1990, 1991)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1991)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 6, 1990. Claimed by San Jose from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991.
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