Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Racine
Bruce Racine, drafted 58th in the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, was expected to be a backup goaltender when he joined the Northeastern University hockey team. His play threw that plan out the window and he got 26 starts out of 38 games. More important he got to play in the Beanpot tournament, a competition for Boston area universities. On the Boston Gardens ice he was struck with the realization that he was guarding the same net as his idol Ken Dryden had tended. That inspiration would inspire the netminder in the tournament and his career goal. At the end of the Beanpot, won by Northeastern, Bruce Racine won the Eberly Award and Most Valuable Player honor.

Racine repeated those honors in his senior year as Northeastern University again won the Beanpot. After Racine' s college career, the Penguins sent him to Muskegon, where he played for four seasons, although he did have a break from the team in February 1991. " Racer" was called up to serve as a backup but he did not see any game action during this time. A similar situation happened in 1993 when Tom Barrasso came down with the chicken pox. Bruce toiled in the Toronto Maple Leaf system for the next two seasons before joining the St. Louis Blues in 1995. It was with the Blues in the 1995-96 season that Bruce Racine set an NHL record. Mike Keenan, the Blues coach, designated Racine as the backup to Grant Fuhr. Keenan had the reputation of playing his main goaltender as much as possible and this season was not exception.

It wasn't until November 18, 1996, that Bruce saw time in the Blues net. He was brought in to relieve Fuhr at the Boston Gardens, the scene of his Beanpot success. His first save came off Cam Neely and the puck was recovered after it had been shot into the Blues bench following a clearing attempt. That game would be the first of eleven, plus one playoff contest, that Bruce Racine would come in to relieve the starting Blues' goaltenders. This set a new NHL mark for career games without a start among goaltenders. Bruce Racine continues to guard his net in Europe.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1983-84 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 30 0 4.70
1984-85 Northeastern University H-East 26 11 14 1 1 3.83
1985-86 Northeastern University H-East 32 17 14 1 0 4.56
1986-87 Northeastern University H-East 33 12 18 3 0 4.06
1987-88 Northeastern University H-East 30 15 11 4 1 3.58
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 51 37 11 0 3 3.63 5 4 1 0 3.00
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 49 29 15 4 1 3.75 9 5 4 1 3.34
1990-91 Albany Choppers IHL 29 7 18 1 0 3.98
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 9 4 4 1 0 4.65
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 27 13 10 3 1 3.50 1 0 1 0 6.00
1992-93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 35 13 16 6 1 4.31 2 0 0 0 3.24
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 37 20 9 2 0 3.71 1 0 0 0 0.00
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 27 11 10 4 1 3.42 2 1 1 0 1.51
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 0 3 0 0 3.13 1 0 0 0 0.00
1995-96 Peoria Rivermen IHL 22 11 10 1 1 3.37 1 0 1 0 3.05
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons IHL 44 25 14 2 6 3.02 6 3 2 0 3.13
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 15 4 9 1 0 3.66
1997-98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 45 30 10 4 1 2.51 3 1 2 0 3.95
1998-99 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 53 21 18 11 1 3.05 1 0 1 0 5.00
1999-00 Kansas City Blades IHL 33 12 17 1 1 2.86
2000-01 Lukko Rauma Finland 54 20 20 13 4 2.45 3 0 3 0 3.70
2001-02 Ilves Tampere Finland 37 13 13 11 2 2.54 2 0 2 0 5.00
2002-03 Ilves Tampere Finland 15 1 7 4 0 3.68
NHL Totals 11 0 3 0 0 3.13 1 0 0 0 0.00


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1985)
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1987)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1987, 1988)
IHL First All-Star Team (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 11, 1993. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 10, 1995. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, September 8, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Kansas City <(IHL), July 13, 1999.
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