Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Art Townsend
Art Townsend, known as "Bull" during his playing days could never have known when he signed his contract with Western Canadian Hockey League's Regina franchise that he was inking a deal that would see him play in the NHL. Townsend signed on with Regina in March of 1925, but never played in that city as a result of a franchise transfer to Portland.

Townsend, who had a year of Senior hockey under his belt made his minor pro debut in 1925-29 with the Portland Rosebuds and the defenseman acquitted himself well. That spring the Rosebuds were purchased by the Chicago Black Hawks and Townsend's rights were transferred once again. Though he spent the majority of the 1926-27 season in minor pro, he also had a brief audition at the NHL level.

Townsend joined the Black Hawks for five games that year but the defenseman was unable to crack the score sheet. When his short stay in Chicago was over, so was his NHL career, though he continued to play for 11 more seasons. Townsend began the nomadic life of a journeyman hockey player pulling eight different sweaters over his head in the next six seasons.

After this stage of his career, the tough blue liner did manage to settle down. In the midst of the 1932-33 season Townsend was traded to Edmonton, and he found a hockey home here. Except for a brief jaunt back to Portland during the 1934-35 campaign the better part of the last seven years of his career were spent in Edmonton. Following the 1935-36 schedule, Townsend left the ice to take a position behind the bench at the University of Alberta, but after just one season as a coach, he returned to the ice to join the Edmonton Superiors, a local Senior club. Following his second season with the Superiors in 1938-39, "Bull" Townsend retired for a second and final time.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1923-24 Souris Eagles MHL-Sr.
1924-25 Brandon Wheat Kings MHL-Sr. 20 7 2 9
1925-26 Portland Rosebuds WHL 29 4 2 6 48
1926-27 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1926-27 Springfield Indians Can-Am 24 7 1 8 40 6 0 0 0 6
1927-28 Winnipeg Maroons AHA 38 5 4 9 93
1928-29 Tulsa Oilers AHA 20 1 1 2 39
1929-30 Seattle Eskimos PCHL 28 3 1 4 118
1930-31 San Francisco Tigers Cal-Pro 1 5 6
1931-32 London Tecumsehs IHL 6 0 0 0 4
1931-32 Trois-Rivieres Renards ECHA 23 5 3 8 38
1932-33 Regina<196>Edmonton WCHL 25 4 4 8 37 8 1 2 3 8
1933-34 Edmonton Eskimos NWHL 34 10 9 19 102 2 0 1 1 4
1934-35 Edmonton<196>Portland NWHL 29 4 8 12 53
1935-36 Edmonton Eskimos NWHL 40 5 6 11 84
1936-37 University of Alberta ASHL
1937-38 Edmonton Superiors ASHL 20 7 5 12 49
1938-39 Edmonton Superiors ASHL 10 1 1 2 10
NHL Totals 5 0 0 0 0


ECHA Second All-Star Team (1932) Signed as a free agent by Regina (WCHL), March 9, 1925. Transferred to Portland (WHL) after Regina (WHL) franchise relocated, September 1, 1925. NHL rights transferred to Chicago after NHL club purchased Portland (WHL) franchise, May 16, 1926. Loaned to Springfield (Can-Am) by Chicago for cash, December 16, 1926. Signed as a free agent by London (IHL), October 30, 1931.
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