Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Brydge
Bill Brydge was a stocky defenceman who played the body but could also move the puck up ice effectively. Most of his nine-year career was spent on the New York Americans' defensive brigade in the 1920s and '30s.

Born in Renfrew, Ontario, Brydge excelled in the NOHA with Iroquois Falls Paper for two years before joining the senior Port Arthur Bearcats in 1923-24. He spent three years on the club and helped it win consecutive Allan Cups in 1925 and 1926. In 1926-27, Brydge played 41 games in the NHL for Toronto the first year the franchise was known as the Maple Leafs.

Brydge spent the 1927-28 season in the Can Pro League with the Detroit Olympics then played most of the next season in the Motor City with the NHL's Cougars. In November 1929, the solid defender was traded to the New York Americans for $5,000. Brydge found a home in the "red, white and blue" and was a fixture on the club's defence for six and a half years. His steady play was one of the few bright lights for a franchise that was a perennial outsider when the playoffs began. Brydge retired after playing 21 games for New York in 1935-36.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1921-22 Iroquois Falls Flyers NOHA 4 4 2 6 12
1922-23 Iroquois Falls Papermakers NOHA
1923-24 Port Arthur Bearcats MHL-Sr. 16 2 5 7 8 2 0 0 0 2
1924-25 Port Arthur Bearcats MHL-Sr. 20 13 4 17 9 10 7 1 8 20
1925-26 Port Arthur Bearcats MHL-Sr. 20 9 3 12 18 3 2 0 2 8
1925-26 Port Arthur Ports Al-Cup 6 1 1 2 16
1926-27 Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs NHL 41 6 3 9 76
1927-28 Detroit Olympics Can-Pro 41 5 4 9 91 2 0 0 0 8
1928-29 Detroit Cougars NHL 31 2 2 4 59 2 0 0 0 4
1928-29 Detroit Olympics Can-Pro 12 6 0 6 24
1929-30 New York Americans NHL 41 2 6 8 64
1930-31 New York Americans NHL 43 2 5 7 70
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 48 2 8 10 77
1932-33 New York Americans NHL 48 4 15 19 60
1933-34 New York Americans NHL 48 6 7 13 44
1934-35 New York Americans NHL 47 2 6 8 29
1935-36 New York Americans NHL 21 0 0 0 27
NHL Totals 368 26 52 78 506 2 0 0 0 4


Regular season totals unavailable for Iroquois Falls (NOHA) in 1921-22. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 13, 1926. Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Art Duncan, May 16, 1927. Traded to NY Americans by Detroit for $5,000, November 22, 1929.
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