Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gordie Bell
Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on March 13th, 1925, goaltender Gordie Bell enjoyed success immediately in pro hockey as he was named to the First All-Star Team while setting the shutout record for the American Hockey League when he blanked opponents nine times en route a Calder Cup championship with the Buffalo Bisons. Two seasons later, he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1945-46 season, playing eight games and winning three. After his brief stop with the Leafs, he was assigned to the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League.

Incredibly, when Bell was sent down to the minors, ten full seasons would pass before he resurfaced at the NHL level. Bell tended goal in twelve different cities during his journey through the minors before a call came from the New York Rangers, who signed him to a free agent contract on March 22nd, 1956. In the playoffs that spring, Bell returned to the National Hockey League starting two games for the Blueshirts.

Following his brief return to the NHL, Bell began a very rewarding four-year stint with the Bellville McFarlands, where he and his teammates represented Canada at the 1957-58 World Championships. Bell went 5-1-0 during the tournament and captured the gold medal.

Gordie Bell retired from hockey after his 18th season, having played in the NHL and the World Championships and winning titles both professionally and internationally as well as being named an All-Star in two different leagues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1941-42 Portage Terriers MJHL 17 14 2 0 0 4.62 5 5 0 0 0 4.40
1941-42 Portage Terriers M-Cup 10 9 1 0 0 5.20
1942-43 Buffalo Bisons AHL 52 28 17 7 9 2.33 9 7 2 0 1 1.75
1943-44 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 10 0 3.50
1943-44 Cornwallis Navy X-Games 2 2 0 0 0 3.00
1943-44 Cornwallis Navy Al-Cup 5 4 1 0 0 3.00
1944-45 Cornwallis Navy X-Games 5 0 5.76
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 3 5 0 0 3.88
1945-46 Providence Reds AHL 37 14 19 4 1 4.10 2 0 2 0 0 3.50
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 23 11 7 5 1 3.48
1946-47 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 26 1 2.58 7 4 3 0 1 2.43
1947-48 Washington Lions AHL 64 14 42 6 1 5.19
1948-49 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 13 5 5 3 0 4.38
1948-49 Springfield Indians AHL 4 1 3 0 0 4.00
1948-49 Omaha Knights USHL 36 21 7 7 0 2.33 4 2 2 0 0 4.25
1949-50 Louisville Blades USHL 29 13 13 3 0 4.17
1949-50 Buffalo Bisons AHL 36 17 14 5 2 3.17 3 1 2 0 0 4.47
1950-51 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 5 2 0 0 3.29
1950-51 Springfield Indians AHL 51 20 29 2 2 3.58 2 0 2 0 0 7.50
1951-52 Syracuse Warriors AHL 63 24 38 1 0 3.83
1952-53 Syracuse Warriors AHL 64 31 31 2 6 3.10 4 1 3 0 0 2.01
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors AHL 49 21 25 3 0 3.59
1954-55 Springfield Indians AHL 10 2 8 0 0 4.70
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 11 4 7 0 0 5.18
1955-56 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 14 6 8 0 1 3.38
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 1 0 4.50
1956-57 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 4 2 1 1 0 2.40
1956-57 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 41 19 17 5 0 3.75 9 4 5 0 2 3.33
1957-58 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 49 29 17 3 4 3.59 30 21 8 1 3 2.67
1957-58 Belleville McFarlands Al-Cup 14 10 4 0 1 3.04
1958-59 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 46 2 3.39
1958-59 Canada WEC-A 6 5 1 0 2 1.50
1959-60 Belleville McFarlands OHA-Sr. 9 0 4.68
NHL Totals 8 3 5 0 0 3.87 2 1 1 0 4.50


Brother of Joe
AHL First All-Star Team (1943)
USHL Second All-Star Team (1949)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Buffalo (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, May 8, 1943.
Rights returned to Buffalo (AHL) by NY Rangers after failing to come to contract terms. Traded to Toronto by Buffalo (AHL) for cash, September 22, 1945. Traded to Washington (AHL) by Toronto for cash with Toronto retaining right of recall, October 5, 1947. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Toronto with Armand Lemieux, Leo Curick and Rod Roy for Eldie Kobussen, April 20, 1948. Traded to Montreal (Buffalo-AHL) by Springfield (AHL) with the rights to Sid McNabney for Hub Macey, December 21, 1948. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, March 22, 1956.
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