Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Joyce
A hard-working right winger with a decent scoring touch, Bob Joyce played 158 NHL games with three different teams. He was a fine amateur at college and on the international stage and later served as a consistent two-way player in the minors.

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, Joyce moved to Winnipeg as a child and grew up in the same neighbourhood as future NHLers James and Steve Patrick. He spent a year under Pere Murray at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan where he scored 70 points in 30 games. He was chosen 82nd overall by the Boston Bruins in that summer's NHL Entry Draft before playing three seasons at the University of North Dakota. During his junior year of college he led the WCHA with 52 goals and was named to the conference first all-star team and a first-team All-American. After helping the Fighting Sioux win the 1987 NCAA championship, Joyce was voted on to the All-Tournament team.

Joyce decided to forgo his senior year to play with the Canadian National Team in preparation for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He proved to be a tireless worker and valuable checker during the pre-tournament games and the Olympic competition itself. After the Olympics, he joined Boston and scored 12 points in 15 games then helped the club reach its first Stanley Cup final in ten years. Joyce formed an excellent forward unit with Cam Neely and U.S. Olympian Craig Janney.

The next year he played more of a checking and grinding role with the Bruins but still finished with 49 points in his first full big league season. Halfway through the 1989-90 season he was traded to the Washington Capitals for 1980 U.S. Olympian Dave Christian. Ironically, he faced his ex-team in a spirited Wales Conference final that spring.

Joyce spent more time in the AHL in 1990-91 before a trade brought him to the Winnipeg Jets in the off-season. He played only two more NHL games in the Manitoba capital before settling into a solid minor pro career in the AHL and IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Notre Dame Hounds High-SK 30 33 37 70 20 13 14 27
1984-85 University of North Dakota WCHA 41 18 16 34 10
1985-86 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 31 28 59 40
1986-87 University of North Dakota WCHA 48 52 37 89 42
1987-88 Canada Nat-Tm 46 12 10 22 28
1987-88 Canada Olympics 4 1 0 1 0
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 15 7 5 12 10 +4 23 8 6 14 18
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 77 18 31 49 46 +8 9 5 2 7 2
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 23 1 2 3 22 -8
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 24 5 8 13 4 +2 14 2 1 3 9
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 3 6 8 +3
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 36 10 8 18 14 6 1 0 1 4
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 66 19 29 48 51 10 0 5 5 9
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 75 25 32 57 52 5 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 63 15 18 33 45 5 2 1 3 8
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 60 15 12 27 52 10 4 3 7 26
1995-96 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 55 7 11 18 81 18 2 1 3 12
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 76 15 33 48 98 5 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 39 6 7 13 26 3 0 1 1 6
1998-99 EV Landshut Germany 52 4 11 15 26
1999-00 Munchen Barons Germany 42 4 4 8 34 4 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 158 34 49 83 90 46 15 9 24 29


WCHA First All-Star Team (1987)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1987)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1987)
Traded to Washington by Boston for Dave Christian, December 13, 1989. Traded to Winnipeg by Washington with Tyler Larter and Kent Paynter for Craig Duncanson, Brent Hughes and Simon Wheeldon, May 21, 1991.
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