Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Bullock
Goaltender Bruce Bullock played three years of NCAA hockey with Clarkson University beginning in the fall of 1968. The diminutive backstop became the team's number one netminder, starting the majority of games in each of his three years with the school.

In 1971-72, Bullock joined the Seattle Totems of the WHL. Later that same year he was promoted to the Dallas Blackhawks of the CHL. Bullock returned to Seattle for the 1972-73 season where he played 13 games. That's when opportunity struck. The Vancouver Canucks, missing starting goalie Dunc Wilson were left with the unproven Ed Dyck to defend their nets. That's when Bullock received the call. He joined the Canucks and played in 14 games that year, Bullock played just two more games in the NHL, one in 1974-75 and another in 1976-77.

Bullock played in the CHL for two years with the Tulsa Oilers and also played two years in Phoenix with the PHL's Roadrunners before retiring after the 1978-79 season.

The most vivid memory of Bullock's short NHL stint was a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1972-73 season. Ron Ellis of the Leafs was chasing a breakaway puck when Bullock charged out to try and beat him to the puck. Ellis won the race and skated around Bullock. Without hesitation, the young goalie spun around and threw his stick at the puck, knocking it off Ellis' stick and into the corner. "I thought it was a good gamble all around," Bullock said of the move. "It's a sure goal anyhow, so I throw my stick and stop him. The worst that could have happened was a penalty shot, and there's a chance I would have stopped that," he went on to say. "But it turned out even better than I'd hoped, because the referee (Dave Newell) didn't even call it." The controversial play turned out to have a direct impact in the game, which ended in a 5-5 tie and one point for the Canucks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1968-69 Clarkson Knights ECAC 28 19 7 2 3 3.44
1969-70 Clarkson Knights ECAC 27 25 2 0 4 3.06
1970-71 Clarkson Knights ECAC 30 28 1 1 1 2.37
1971-72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 5 0 2 1 0 3.75
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 10 3 7 0 0 4.57
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 3 8 3 0 4.79
1972-73 Seattle Totems WHL 13 7 6 0 0 3.60
1973-74 Seattle Totems WHL 46 22 20 3 2 3.66
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1974-75 Seattle Totems CHL 48 14 20 7 1 3.91
1975-76 Beauce Jaros NAPro 19 2 3.37
1975-76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 17 13 3 0 1 2.44 6 6 0 0 1 1.67
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 6.67
1976-77 Tulsa Oilers CHL 40 20 14 6 1 3.45 8 4 4 0 0 2.63
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners PHL 31 1 3.57
1978-79 Phoenix Roadrunners PHL 31 1 3.21
NHL Totals 16 3 9 3 0 4.78


NCAA East First All-American Team (1970, 1971)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1970)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1971)
ECAC Player of the Year (1971)
PHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
Traded to Vancouver (Seattle-WHL) by Chicago (Dallas-CHL) for cash, February 26, 1972.
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