Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Bionda
Jack Bionda was the first true superstar of Lacrosse in Canada and many consider him to be the finest player that sport has ever produced. A true legend of that game, Bionda's accomplishments, which included several Mann Cup victories and league MVPs are made all the more impressive when you consider that he did all this while simultaneously pursing a professional hockey career.

On the ice, Bionda was a tough defenseman who led the AHL in penalty minutes the same year he mande his NHL debut, 1955-56. Bionda's big league career began wearing the blue and white of the Toronto Maple Leafs but his time with them spanned just 13 games and the following season he was claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League draft.

Bionda spent parts of the next three seasons filling in on the Bruins blue line suiting up for 80 games and providing three goals and eight assists.

In 1960, with his NHL career behind, Bionda joined the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League. Over the next seven years he was a member of the Buckraoos defensive core and twice helped his club win league championships.

The multi-talented Jack Bionda was able to accumulate twelve seasons of professional hockey while at the same re-writing lacrosse records books en route to his Hall of Fame career in that sport.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 13 1 1 2 20 2 1 1 2 2
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 50 2 11 13 116 7 0 1 1 8
1953-54 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 56 16 19 35 107 15 2 2 4 32
1954-55 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 20 1 5 6 30
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 1 1 18
1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 46 7 9 16 190 4 0 2 2 12
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 35 2 3 5 43 10 0 1 1 14
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 21 2 12 14 65
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 42 1 4 5 50
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 15 0 4 4 22 11 0 4 4 18
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Providence Reds AHL 66 9 17 26 144
1959-60 Victoria Cougars WHL 68 6 19 25 85 11 0 3 3 10
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 69 7 29 36 102 14 2 4 6 27
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 2 25 27 121 7 1 3 4 25
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 12 28 40 99 7 0 5 5 2
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 63 5 14 19 79 5 0 1 1 6
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 16 0 3 3 26 6 0 1 1 2
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 3 24 27 109 14 1 6 7 14
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 41 2 7 9 24
NHL Totals 93 3 9 12 113 11 0 1 1 14


Claimed by Boston from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 6, 1956. Loaned to Springfield (AHL) by Boston with the trade of Norm Defelice and future considerations (Floyd Smith, June, 1957) for Don Simmons, January 22, 1957. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Boston for cash with Boston retaining right of recall, August 26, 1960. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Boston with future considerations (Gene Achtymichuk and Don Ward (August, 1961) and the loan of Bruce Gamble (September, 1961) for Don Head, May, 1961.
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