Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Bloom
Mike Bloom joined the OHA's St. Catharines Blackhawks in 1969-70 playing alongside the likes of Marcel Dionne and Al McDonough. In his rookie year the big left winger turned in a solid offensive showing, netting 20 goals in 42 games. He followed that up with another 20 goal season but he had his best offensive performance in his final year as a 19-year-old in 1991-92, potting 25 goals and 65 points. He finished second in team scoring to Paul Shakes that season despite missing 12 games.

The Boston Bruins selected Bloom with their first pick in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, 16th overall. However, Boston was known as "The Big Bad Bruins" and with good cause. They were the NHL's most talented team and had a list of tough players to fill the role that Bloom had hoped to land. He played exclusively in the minors for two years and the Bruins left him unprotected in the 1974 Expansion Draft when it was apparent they would not be able to find a spot for him in their lineup. He was selected by the Washington Capitals and it was there that he got to play in 67 games. The team was predictably horrible in its first season and even drew some harsh criticism from many media members. Jay Greenberg of The Hockey News wrote a column reflecting the team's first year in existence. "One of the featured attractions for the Caps' first game at the Capital Center was Mike Bloom. It didn't get a whole lot better than that." He responded with seven goals and 26 points on the woeful club before being traded late in the season to the Detroit Red Wings. He played another two years in the Motor City but never was able to find a scoring touch and was eventually dispatched to the minors.

After two years of riding the buses, and no imminent sign of being called back to the NHL, Bloom decided to move to Europe for a year where he played with Rheem Utrecht in Holland in 1979-80.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 42 20 14 34 94 10 2 5 7 14
1970-71 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 58 20 33 53 117 15 9 14 23 24
1971-72 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 50 25 40 65 116 5 1 3 4 11
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 32 4 5 9 41
1972-73 San Diego Gulls WHL 39 14 15 29 54 6 2 1 3 19
1973-74 San Diego Gulls WHL 76 25 44 69 108 4 1 3 4 7
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 67 7 19 26 84 -54
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 4 8 12 10 +2
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 13 17 30 99 -19
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 6 3 9 22 -10
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 21 14 13 27 33 10 2 5 7 14
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 12 8 2 10 12
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 76 23 54 77 155
1978-79 San Diego Hawks PHL 52 25 27 52 60
1979-80 SIJ Rheem Utrecht Holland 14 4 9 13
NHL Totals 201 30 47 77 215


Claimed by Washington from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Washington for Blair Stewart, March 9, 1975.
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