Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gordie Bruce
Gordie Bruce played eight professional hockey seasons, all in the Boston Bruins organization. It began in 1939-40, when Bruce joined the Hershey Bears of the IAHL. The club was looking for some additional scoring punch, and felt Bruce may be the answer. He dressed for 50 games that year and produced ten goals and 30 points. The following year the Bears played in the American Hockey League and Bruce improved on his offensive statistics to the delight of team management. In 46 games, he potted 23 goals and 42 points. He had been playing so well that he received the call to play for Boston in eight games that season. Although he did not find the back of the net, he did manage an assist on one goal. He was thrilled just to have the opportunity of playing alongside the likes of Milt Schmidt and goalie Frank Brimsek. The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, defeating the Detroit Red Wings in four-straight games in the finals.

In 1941-42, Bruce again played the majority of his games in Hershey, but Boston did insert him into their lineup for 15 starts. He responded with four goals and 12 points.

Bruce, like so many other athletes of that time, missed the next three years of pro hockey serving in the war. Upon returning for the 1945-46 season he dressed in five games for Boston. The final four years of his pro career was spent exclusively in the AHL with Hershey.

In 28 NHL contests, Bruce scored four goals and 13 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 Glebe Collegiate (Ottawa) High-ON
1937-38 Sudbury Frood Tigers NBHL 1 0 0 0 4
1937-38 Sudbury Wolves M-Cup 4 8 1 9 6
1937-38 Canada WEC 7 3 2 5
1938-39 North Bay Trappers NOJHA 45 23 44 67
1938-39 North Bay Trappers M-Cup 2 4 3 7 6
1939-40 Hershey Bears IAHL 50 10 20 30 13 5 2 3 5 6
1940-41 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Hershey Bears AHL 46 23 19 42 39 10 4 5 9 6
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 15 4 8 12 11 5 2 3 5 4
1941-42 Hershey Bears AHL 38 19 13 32 34
1942-43 Montreal Army QSHL 13 14 5 19 6
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 8 1 1 2 2
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos Al-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 8 3 3 6 10
1944-45
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 57 35 28 63 44 10 6 9 15 0
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 67 27 25 52 32 2 1 0 1 0
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 62 22 23 45 34 11 7 9 16 2
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 58 16 21 37 31
1950-51 Glace Bay Miners CBMHL 59 7 10 17 52 10 7 2 9 16
NHL Totals 28 4 9 13 13 7 2 3 5 4


Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 24, 1939. Signed as player coach by Glace Bay (CBMHL), October 16, 1950.
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