Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Bownass
As a teenager in Winnipeg, Jack Bownass came up through the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, playing with the Winnipeg Rangers. In 1947-48, Bownass joined the Winnipeg Blackhawks of the Western Junior Hockey League, where he played for three years.

At the age of 20 in 1950, Bownass turned professional with the Sarnia Sailors of the IHL. From there Bownass bounced around on no less than seven minor-league teams in Quebec and Seattle before getting the opportunity to play in the NHL at the age of 27. During the 1957-58 season, Bownass was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens. Although the Canadiens had no immediate plans to use him in their lineup, the New York Rangers liked what they saw and was claimed in the Inter-League draft in June, 1958. He played in 35 games with the Rangers that year, and followed that up with a 37-game effort in 1959-60.

In 1962, Bownass was sold to the Los Angeles Blades for cash and was named the team's player/coach that same year. Bownass continued to play pro hockey with an assortment of clubs, including the Canadian National Team right up until 1969-70, at the age of 39. He was also a staunch supporter of the NHL providing more assistance to country's national teams. He felt the best way for that to happen was for the NHL to raise the draft age from 20 to 21 or 22 which would then allow university hockey to flourish and give the kids an education which Bownass pointed out was necessary for the vast majority of players, who had to work following their hockey careers. Ironically, years later, the league has gone in the opposite direction, allowing those as young as 18 to be eligible to play in the league and with skyrocketing salaries, Bownass' idealistic plans of yesteryear now are nothing more than a distant memory.

From 1964-69, the balance of his time was devoted to coaching, but Bownass would occasionally insert himself into a team's lineup if he felt it needed a kick. Bownass' last official game came during the 1970-71 season, where he suited up for one playoff game with the Omaha Knights of the CHL.

In 80 NHL games, Bownass scored three goals and eleven points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Winnipeg Rangers MAHA
1947-48 Winnipeg Black Hawks MJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Winnipeg Black Hawks MJHL 29 3 2 5 16
1949-50 Winnipeg Black Hawks MJHL 36 3 7 10 76 6 1 1 2 12
1950-51 Sarnia Sailors IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Detroit Hettche IHL 43 6 7 13 101 3 0 0 0 4
1951-52 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 49 0 3 3 84
1952-53 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMHL 38 2 4 6 59
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 71 9 17 26 111 5 1 0 1 4
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 56 5 27 32 88 14 1 2 3 8
1955-56 Seattle Americans WHL 65 10 22 32 131
1956-57 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 62 7 16 23 75 4 0 4 4 4
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1957-58 Montreal Royals QHL 61 3 31 34 120 7 0 6 6 21
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 35 1 2 3 20
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 21 3 9 12 26
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 37 2 5 7 34
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 16 0 0 0 37
1960-61 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 70 1 36 37 110 7 0 4 4 12
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 0 0 4
1961-62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 62 6 40 46 119 7 2 0 2 0
1962-63 Los Angeles Blades WHL 67 4 24 28 55 3 0 1 1 0
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 53 2 19 21 65
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 15 0 4 4 27
1964-65
1965-66 Winnipeg Rangers MJHL
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm
1966-67 Canada WEC-A 7 0 2 2 12
1967-68 Hull Nationals Que-Sr. 24 0 13 13 21
1968-69 Ottawa Nationals OHA-Sr. 4 0 0 0 2
1968-69 Canada WEC-A 4 0 0 0 4
1969-70 Canada Nat-Tm
1970-71 Canada Nat-Tm
1970-71 Jacksonville Rockets EHL 8 0 0 0 2
1970-71 Omaha Knights CHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 80 3 8 11 58


MJHL Second Team All-Star (1949)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1951)
QHL First All-Star Team (1958)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 21, 1954. Loaned to Seattle (WHL) by Montreal for the 1955-56 season, November, 1955. Claimed by NY Rangers (Buffalo - AHL) from Montreal (Montreal Royals - QHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 3, 1958. Traded to Los Angeles (WHL) by NY Rangers for cash, September, 1962.
Named player coach of Los Angelels (WHL), September, 1962.
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