Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Helge Bostrom
Defenseman Helge Bostrom played with several different teams in his native Winnipeg, beginning with the Monarchs of the city's Senior League in 1916. He also played two years for the Ypres. He missed the 1918-19 season as a result of the aftermath of World War One. When he returned to playing the following year he played two years in the Saskatchewan senior league with the Moose Jaw Maple Leafs.

Bostrom continued to head west, stopping for two years to play with the Edmonton Eskimos of the WCHL. In keeping with his theme of moving westward, he was traded to the Vancouver Maroons where he played for another two years.

In October, 1926 Bostrom was traded to the AHA's Minneapolis Millers for cash compensation to the Maroons. He was there for almost three years before being called to the NHL by the Chicago Blackhawks for 20 games in 1929-30. Bostrom played a total of 96 games in the NHL, all with Chicago, over a four-year period but as a fill-in player he was never afforded the luxury of being able to showcase his talents over a prolonged period of time. He continued to play for several more years, retiring after playing with the Kansas City Greyhounds of the AHA in 1935-36. While playing in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Bostrom became fond of doing newspaper crossword puzzles during the long train rides between cities. His defensive partner Amby Moran was more interested in card games. On one trip Bostrom had the puzzle down to one missing word. "Hey Amby," he called out. "What's a four-letter word meaning bird?" Without hesitation, Moran answered "Goose" and then proceeded to spell it for his good friend "G-O-S-E." "Hurrah," Bostrom shrieked with excitement. "It just fits." The scene had the entire train car laughing.

Bostrom lived his latter years in Deer River, Minnesota and died on January 25, 1977 at the age of 83.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1916-17 Winnipeg Monarchs WSrHL 3 0 0 0 4
1917-18 Winnipeg Ypres WSrHL 9 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 2
1917-18 Winnipeg Ypres Al-Cup 4 0 0 0 24
1918-19
1919-20 Moose Jaw Maple Leafs SSHL 11 2 3 5 26 2 2 1 3 4
1920-21 Moose Jaw Maple Leafs SSHL 15 5 2 7 26 4 1 0 1 0
1921-22 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1922-23 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL 22 2 1 3 20 2 0 0 0 0
1922-23 Edmonton Eskimos St-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1923-24 Vancouver Maroons PCHA 26 3 0 3 24 2 0 1 1 2
1923-24 Vancouver Millionaires West-P 3 1 0 1 0
1923-24 Vancouver Maroons St-Cup 2 1 0 1 0
1924-25 Vancouver Maroons WCHL 28 7 4 11 18
1925-26 Vancouver Maroons WHL 29 0 1 1 28
1926-27 Minneapolis Millers AHA 35 4 2 6 45 6 0 0 0 6
1927-28 Minneapolis Millers AHA 36 10 3 13 39 8 0 0 0 22
1928-29 Minneapolis Millers AHA 39 5 3 8 74 4 1 0 1 8
1929-30 Minneapolis Millers AHA 12 2 1 3 14
1929-30 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 20 0 1 1 8 2 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 42 2 2 4 32 9 0 0 0 16
1931-32 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 14 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 20 1 0 1 14
1932-33 St. Paul/Tulsa AHA 22 2 6 8 10 4 0 1 1 6
1933-34 Oklahoma City Warriors AHA 48 5 8 13 48
1934-35 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 15 0 5 5 10
1934-35 Syracuse Stars IHL 23 2 2 4 10
1935-36 Kansas City Greyhounds AHA 25 0 1 1 18
NHL Totals 96 3 3 6 58 13 0 0 0 16


Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WCHL), January 8, 1922. Traded to Vancouver (PCHA) by Edmonton (WCHL) for cash, October 2, 1923. Traded to Minneapolis (AHA) by Vancouver (WHL) for cash, October 13, 1926. Traded to Chicago by Minneapolis (AHA) for Bobby Burns, January 15, 1930. Traded to St. Paul (AHA) by Chicago for Art Wiebe, December 29, 1932.
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