Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Walt Buswell
Defenceman Walt Buswell played nearly 400 NHL games in 1930s and '40s. He was known for looking after matters in his own zone responsibly while joining in on the occasional offensive foray.

The Montreal native played for the city's CPR club in 1939-40 before joining the St. Francis Xavier Seniors the next season. After playing for the AHA's Chicago Shamrocks in 1931-32, he became a regular on the Detroit Red Wings' blueline. He spent two more years in Motown before joining the Montreal Canadiens in 1935-36.

Buswell played his best hockey during his five years with the Habs. He participated in the Howie Morenz Memorial Game in 1937 and benefit match for Babe Siebert two years later. One of the most reliable players in the league, Buswell missed only 14 games during his eight big league seasons. He retired in 1941 after playing a year with the Joliette Cyclones of the Quebec Provincial League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1929-30 Montreal CPR MRTHL
1930-31 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCHL
1931-32 Chicago Shamrocks AHA 48 9 5 14 39 4 0 1 1 4
1932-33 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 2 4 6 16 4 0 0 0 4
1933-34 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 1 2 3 8 9 0 1 1 2
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 1 3 4 32
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 2 0 0 0 0
1935-36 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 0 2 2 34
1936-37 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 0 4 4 30 5 0 0 0 2
1937-38 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 2 15 17 24 3 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 3 7 10 10 3 2 0 2 2
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 1 3 4 10
1940-41 Joliette Cyclones QPHL 12 3 5 8 2 3 1 6 7 4
NHL Totals 368 10 40 50 164 24 2 1 3 10


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1937, 1939) NHL rights transferred to Detroit from Chicago (AHA) after AHA club owners purchased Detroit (NHL and IAHL) franchises, September 2, 1932. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Cooney Weiland for Marty Barry and Art Giroux, July 11, 1935. Traded to Montreal by Boston with Jean Pusie and cash for Roger Jenkins, July 13, 1935.
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