Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Broderick
Goaltender Ken Broderick grew up in Toronto and played in the MTHL hockey system before joining the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA at the age of 16 in 1958-59. He played in just one game that year, allowing five goals in just two periods of play, but he was the team's first-string netminder the following season when he played 48 games, going 28-17-3 with a 3.75 gaa. Broderick played another year with the Marlies before playing his final year of major junior hockey with the Brampton 7-Ups.

In 1962-63, Broderick enrolled at the University of British Columbia and played with the school's hockey team before deciding to join Canada's National Team. Broderick played in the 1964 Olympics for Canada, sharing the goaltending duties with Seth Martin. It was a disappointing result for Canada, which finished 6-2-0 and out of the medals in fourth place.

Other than playing a handful of games with the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL and the Winnipeg Nats of the WCSHL, Broderick focused most of his attention on the national team for the next four years and played in his second Olympic games in 1968 where Canada improved by one spot, winning the bronze medal. Although it was another disappointing finish for Team Canada, Broderick clearly did his part, being named the outstanding goaltender of the Olympic tournament.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who held Broderick's NHL rights in 1967, traded him to the expansion Minnesota North Stars for cash on June 6, 1967. He played his first NHL game in 1969-70 with the Stars and played a total of seven games that year, officially going 2-4-0 with a 4.33 gaa. In 1970-71, Broderick was tending goal for the Oakville Oaks and the Galt Hornets, both of OHA Senior A hockey league.

In the fall of 1971, Broderick joined the San Diego Gulls where he played for two years as the team's starting goalie. He finally got his shot at the NHL in 1973-74 at the advanced age of 32, when the Boston Bruins wanted extra insurance behind starter Gilles Gilbert and backup Ross Brooks. Broderick played five games for Boston that year, going 2-2-1 with a 3.20 gaa. He returned to the Bruins in 1974-75, and played in 15 games, earning an official 7-6-0 record with a 2.39 gaa. However, with Gilles Gilbert firmly entrenched as the team's starting goalie, and Broderick now 33, it was clear his future, if anywhere, would be with another club.

After playing in the AHL in 1975-76, with the Rochester Americans, Broderick signed a free-agent deal with the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA on September 28, 1976. After just over a year with the club he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques along with Dave Inkpen, Warren Miller and Rick Morris for Pierre Guite and goalie Don "Smoky" McLeod in December, 1977. He played in 24 games for the Nordiques before retiring from pro hockey in the spring of 1978 at the age of 36.

Hockey definitely ran in the Broderick family. Older brother Len Broderick was also a goalie and was an NHL "One Game Wonder" playing for the Montreal Canadiens as an injury replacement for Jacques Plante in the 1957-58 season. The Habs won the game 6-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Broderick now involves himself with various charity causes and plays each summer in the Commisso Food Markets celebrity golf tournament, which raises money for children's charities in the Niagara Region.

Len Broderick played a single game in the NHL, making him a "One Game Wonder." Broderick and his younger brother Ken were excellent young goaltenders growing up in Toronto in the 1950s. In 1955-56, Broderick joined the OHA's Toronto Marlboros at the age of 17. In five games he went 4-1-0 with a 1.60 gaa. The Marlboros won the Ontario championship and went on to take the national Memorial Cup championship later that spring. It was a team stacked with stars, including the likes of; Bob Baun, Carl Brewer, Al MacNeil, Harry Neale, Bob Nevin and Bob Pulford. Stafford Smythe was the manager and Walter "Turk" Broda was the coach. In 1956-57, Broderick became the team's starter in goal, backstopping 28 victories in 42 games played. During his final junior season, Broderick started 40 games, going 16-15-9 with a 3.28 gaa.

During the 1957-58 season, Broderick was loaned to the Montreal Canadiens as an injury replacement for starter Jacques Plante. He made the most of his one and only NHL game, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2.

Broderick played three games with the St. Paul Saints of the IHL in 1960-61, before retiring from professional hockey, which he never seriously considered to be a plausible career choice. It was a time when there were just six NHL teams, and landing a goaltending spot with such stars as Plante, Sawchuk, Bower and Hall in the league meant little opportunity for advancement for others.

Younger brother Ken played five seasons of major league hockey in the NHL and the WHA.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1958-59 Toronto Midget Marlboros THL
1958-59 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 1 0 1 0 0 7.50
1959-60 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 28 17 3 4 3.75 4 0 4 0 0 4.25
1960-61 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 45 9 27 9 0 4.15
1960-61 St. Paul Saints IHL 3 1 2 0 0 5.33
1961-62 Brampton 7-Ups MTJHL 31 1 5.00 5 1 4 0 0 7.40
1962-63 U. of British Columbia WCIAA
1963-64 Canada Nat-Tm
1963-64 Canada Olympics 6 1 1 0 4.16
1964-65 Canada Nat-Tm
1964-65 Canada WEC-A 5 4 1 0 2 2.20
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 3 1 1 1 0 2.53
1965-66 Canada WEC-A 3 3 0 0 2 0.67
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm
1967-68 Winnipeg Nationals WCSHL 9 1 2.77
1967-68 Hull Nationals Que-Sr. 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1967-68 Canada Olympics 5 3 2 0 1 2.57
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 34 9 17 5 2 3.62
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 16 9 5 2 2 2.84
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 2 4 0 0 4.33
1969-70 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 8 3 2 1 1 3.14
1970-71 Oakville Oaks OHA-Sr. 40 0 5.05
1970-71 Galt Hornets Al-Cup
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 42 18 15 7 3 3.26 2 0 2 0 0 3.03
1972-73 San Diego Gulls WHL 51 24 20 6 3 2.94 3 0 3 0 0 7.02
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 5 2 2 1 0 3.20
1973-74 Boston Braves AHL 6 1 4 0 0 3.39
1973-74 San Diego Gulls WHL 4 1 3 0 0 5.18
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 15 7 6 0 1 2.39
1974-75 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 2 0 0 5.00
1974-75 Binghamton Dusters NAPro 2 0 2 0 0 5.00
1975-76 Rochester Americans AHL 42 22 13 7 2 3.21 3 1 2 0 0 4.00
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 40 18 18 1 4 3.49 3 1 2 0 0 3.35
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 9 2 5 0 0 5.07
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 24 9 8 1 0 4.37 2 0 1 0 0 2.50
NHL Totals 27 11 12 1 1 3.03


Brother of Len
Olympic Games All-Star Team (1968)
Olympic Games - Best Goaltender (1968)
WHL First All-Star Team (1973)
Leading Goaltender Award (WHL - fewest goals against) (1973)
Leader Cup (WHL - MVP) (1973)
Loaned to St. Paul (IHL) by Toronto (OHA-Jr.) to replace Jacques Marcotte for three games, 1960-61. Shared shutout with Seth Martin in 1964 Olympics (Canada 8, Switzerland 0), January 8, 1964. Rights traded to Minnesota by Toronto for cash, June 6, 1967. Signed as a free agent by San Diego (WHL), June 12, 1971. Traded to Boston by San Diego (WHL) for cash and future considerations (John Adams, June 12, 1973), March 10, 1973. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA), September 28, 1976. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Dave Inkpen, Warren Miller and Rick Morris for Pierre Guite and Don McLeod, November, 1977.
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