Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hugh Bolton
Hugh Bolton was a natural, all-around athlete in the form of a standout first baseman in baseball, a strong-passing quarterback at football and a hard-hitting rearguard in hockey. He also had a life-long passion for learning -- especially about things related to electricity. He started his post-secondary training at Queen's University, but was enticed to join the Toronto Marlboros junior squad which, at the time, was coached by former Leaf great Syl Apps.

Bolton left Queen's with the promise of being paid $5,000 over time, which was exactly the amount he wanted to further finance his education. In 1950, while skating for the Marlie seniors, he helped the club win the Allan Cup under the direction of coach Joe Primeau.

From there, Bolton joined the Leafs as one of the tallest players in the league. But that was about the only distinguished aspect of his game. Otherwise he played an unspectacularly conservative, stay-at-home game in his own zone.

Over his seven-plus seasons with the club, he was also frequently beset by injuries and ailments. One year he developed mononucleosis, an illness that was not fully understood at the time. On another occasion, his jaw was cracked by a shot from the stick of Boom Boom Geoffrion. But through it all, Bolton managed to improve his game from year to year. Near the end of his career, he was usually good for an average of one point per three games played.

But one night in 1956, his NHL career came to a sudden halt while killing a penalty in the Montreal Forum. His skates got stuck along the boards, causing an impact that broke his leg so severely that the bone split right up the middle. Bolton attempted a comeback in 1957-58 with the Rochester Americans, but was unable to sustain his former level of play. He packed it in for good after appearing in only five games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 24 5 5 10 6 1 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 15 7 2 9 16
1947-48 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 32 3 13 16 42
1947-48 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 2 0 1 1 0
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 18 5 2 7 24 10 3 2 5 4
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 1 0 1 1 4
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 13 1 0 1 29
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 38 9 31 40 35 2 0 0 0 2
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 15 6 14 20 22
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 1 3 4 4
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 9 2 4 6 6 13 1 3 4 6
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 3 13 16 73 3 0 0 0 4
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 0 0 10
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 35 1 9 10 58 6 2 0 2 7
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 0 0 10 5 0 1 1 4
1953-54 Ottawa Senators QHL 24 2 15 17 10
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 2 19 21 55 4 0 3 3 6
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 4 16 20 65 5 0 1 1 0
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 0 0 2
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 235 10 51 61 221 17 0 5 5 14


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956) Missed majority of 1953-54 due to shoulder injury vs. Detroit, December 25, 1953.
Suffered eventual career-ending leg injury in exhibition game vs. Montreal, September 24, 1956.
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