Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frank Bialowas
Frank Bialowas played his minor-league hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Estevan Bruins and the Winkler Flyers. Bialowas has always played an aggressive style when on the ice and he earned the nickname "Animal" from his fellow players. At 6'0" and 235 pounds, Bialowas certainly had the size to take on all-comers.

In 1991-92 Bialowas turned pro with the Roanoke Valley Rebels of the ECHL. In his second year in the league he suited up with the Richmond Renegades, where he most noticeable statistic was his 261 minutes in penalties. In 1992-93 he moved up to the AHL with the St. John's Maple Leafs in the latter part of the season and was with them for the entire 1993-94 season when he once again piled up the penalty minutes, leading the club with 352. It was his extremely aggressive, rugged, colourful style of play which earned him a three-game call-up by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He failed to record a point, but true to form, did manage to find a seat in the penalty box for 12 minutes. Although his role of enforcer may not have been the most glamorous in hockey, it was a style of play Bialowas loved

Bialowas played another five years in the AHL and often seemed to enjoy himself the most when playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms. Although it was not the Flyers, Bialowas said he loved the city and said the aura of the famed Broad Street Bullies often carried over into the mindset of his game, and he had the penalty minutes to prove it. He became somewhat of a cult figure to the loyal fans of the Phantoms, who relished his many scuffles with opponents. He retired after the 1999-2000 season as a member of the Hershey Bears.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Estevan Bruins SJHL 58 8 12 20 161
1988-89 Winkler Flyers MJHL
1989-90 Kildonan North Stars MJHL 43 6 12 18 223
1990-91 Winkler Flyers MJHL 26 2 9 11 153
1991-92 Roanoke Valley Rebels ECHL 23 4 2 6 150 3 0 0 0 4
1992-93 Richmond Renegades ECHL 60 3 18 21 261 1 0 0 0 2
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 7 1 0 1 28 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 69 2 8 10 352 7 0 3 3 25
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 12 0
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 51 2 3 5 277 4 0 0 0 12
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 65 4 3 7 211 7 0 0 0 42
1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 67 7 6 13 254 6 0 2 2 41
1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 65 5 7 12 259 +6 19 0 0 0 26
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 24 0 3 3 42
1998-99 Portland Pirates AHL 6 0 0 0 10 -3
1998-99 Indianapolis Ice IHL 16 1 0 1 27 -2 2 0 0 0 6
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 40 4 3 7 65 +8 8 1 0 1 32
NHL Totals 3 0 0 0 12


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, March 20, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 8, 1995. Traded to Philadelphia by Washington for future considerations, July 18, 1996. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Dennis Bonvie, January 8, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Hershey (AHL), September 9, 1999.
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