Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Archie Briden
The name Archie Briden first came to prominence when he was a 14-year-old with the Cobalt O'Brien Mines team in 1912-13. He also suited up for the Haileybury Rexalls that same year. In six games, he had two goals. He remained with those clubs until he turned 18 when he signed with the Toronto Blueshirts of the NHA in 1916. In 13 games, Briden scored four goals and six points.

Briden, like most young men of his era, missed two years of hockey due to his service in the Canadian military in World War One from 1917-1919. In 1919-20, he headed west to join the Edmonton Eskimos of the Big-Four league where he played for two years. He then decided to head right out to the west coast and play for the Seattle Metropolitans of the PCHA. He remained in Seattle for almost three years before being sent to the Victoria Cougars midway through the 1923-24 season.

In 1925, Briden, nicknamed "Bones" by his teammates, headed back east to rejoin the Edmonton Eskimos where he scored 23 points in 28 games. The following season he suited up for the Calgary Tigers of the WHL, scoring 14 goals and 16 points in 26 games.

In 1926-27, Briden played his first year in the NHL. He began playing 16 games with the Boston Bruins, scoring two goals and two assists in 16 games before being sent to the Detroit Cougars, where he played another 26 games, scoring three more goals. The following two years Briden was in Philadelphia, playing for the Arrows of the CAHL before getting another shot at the NHL in 1929-30, when he signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 30 games, Briden had four goals and seven points.

Briden continued to play hockey at the pro level for another two seasons with the Cleveland Indians of the IHL before retiring at the end of the 1931-32 campaign. Briden appeared in 30 NHL games, scoring four goals and seven points.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1912-13 Cobalt Mines CoMHL 3 1 0 1 0
1912-13 Haileybury Rexalls Exhib. 3 1 0 1 3
1913-14 Cobalt Mines CoMHL
1914-15 Haileybury Rexalls NOHA
1915-16 Cleveland Indians USAHA
1916-17 Toronto Blueshirts NHA 13 4 2 6 12
1917-18
1918-19
1919-20 Edmonton Eskimos Big-4 12 10 8 18 21 2 2 0 2 4
1920-21 Edmonton Eskimos Big-4 15 18 7 25 12
1921-22 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 24 1 2 3 12 2 0 0 0 3
1922-23 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 30 7 3 10 27
1923-24 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 18 7 0 7 24
1923-24 Victoria Cougars PCHA 12 9 1 10 4
1924-25 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL 28 17 6 23 33
1925-26 Calgary Tigers WHL 26 14 2 16 10
1926-27 Boston Bruins NHL 16 2 2 4 8
1926-27 Detroit Cougars NHL 26 3 0 3 28
1927-28 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 37 13 3 16 26
1928-29 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 40 12 5 17 46
1929-30 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 29 4 3 7 20
1929-30 London Panthers IHL 16 3 0 3 14 2 0 0 0 2
1930-31 London Tecumsehs IHL 12 0 2 2 16
1930-31 Cleveland Indians IHL 34 8 11 19 20 6 2 2 4 2
1931-32 Cleveland Indians IHL 48 6 10 16 16
NHL Totals 71 9 5 14 56


PCHA Second All-Star Team (1923, 1924) Signed as a free agent by Seattle (PCHA), November 7, 1921. Traded to Victoria (PCHA) by Seattle (PCHA) for cash, January 17, 1924. Traded to Edmonton (WCHL) by Victoria (WCHL) with Roy Rickey for Ty Arbour, November 6, 1924. Signed as a free agent by Calgary (WHL), September 21, 1925. Traded to Boston by Calgary (WHL) for cash, August 30, 1926. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Duke Keats for Harry Meeking and Frank Fredrickson, January 7, 1927. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Harry Meeking for Stan Brown, October 10, 1927. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers (Philadelphia - Can-Am) for cash, October 8, 1929. Traded to London (IHL) by Pittsburgh for cash, January 27, 1930. Traded to Cleveland (IHL) by London (IHL) for Don Goodwillie, Roy Colquhoun and future considerations (Ed Kuntz, January 11, 1931), December 12, 1930.
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