John Bucyk

Canadian ice hockey player
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John Paul "Chief" Bucyk (born May 12, 1935) is a Canadian retired ice hockey left winger. He played most of his career with the Boston Bruins.

John Bucyk
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1981
Bucyk in 2010
Born (1935-05-12) May 12, 1935 (age 88)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1955–1978

Bucyk was born on May 12, 1935 in Edmonton to Ukrainian immigrants.[1]

Bucyk was a skilled left winger who was one of the biggest players of his day. He had a long and great career, and had scored the fourth most points and played the third most games ever when he retired in 1978. He was also the highest scoring left winger ever. He was a very clean player and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974.[2]

Bucyk played junior hockey for four seasons for his hometown team.[2] Then he signed up with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955.[2] Two years later he was traded to the Bruins.[2] Bucyk became the top left wing in Boston and was a star for the team for 22 years. He often served as the team's captain.

When he retired, the Bruins also retired his number #9 jersey. He was also elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981. He scored 545 goals as a Bruin, the most in team history.[3] Only Ray Bourque had more points and assists for the Bruins.

Bucyk still works the Bruins and is the team's director of road services.

References change

  1. Stan Fischler, Boston Bruins: Greatest Moments and Players (Champaign, IL: Sports Publishers, 1999), pp. 27–28
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stan Fischler; Shirley Fischler, Who's Who in Hockey (Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003), p. 51
  3. Rob Simpson, Black and Gold: Four Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs (Mississauga, Ont.: John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2012), p. 42

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Preceded by
Leo Boivin
Boston Bruins captain
1966–67 & 197377
(No captain 1967-1973)
Succeeded by
Wayne Cashman
Preceded by
Phil Goyette
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
Succeeded by
Jean Ratelle
Preceded by
Gilbert Perreault
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
Succeeded by
Marcel Dionne