Robert Jesse "Bob" Pulford (born March 31, 1936 in Newton Robinson, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional centre who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League. He has been a coach and executive for the Chicago Blackhawks for the past thirty years.

Playing CareerEdit

Pulford played junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros for three seasons from 1953 to 1956, winning two Memorial Cups under coach Turk Broda. He moved up to the Maple Leafs for the 1956–57 season and remained with the team for 14 seasons. Pulford was an important member of the Leaf teams that won four Stanley Cups in 1962-63-64-67. The Leafs traded him to the Los Angeles Kings on September 3, 1970, where he played two seasons and retired as a player in 1972.

Pulford became head coach of the Kings for the 1972–73 season and led the team for five years before becoming coach and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1977. He served as coach on three separate occasions from 1977 to 1987. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1990, but took on the general manager's duties again from 1992 to 1997, from 1999 to 2000, and from 2003 to 2005. During his third stint as general manager, Pulford nominally doubled as head coach. However, Lorne Molleken remained the team's main operator on the bench, with Pulford as more or less a senior consultant.

In 7 seasons: 426 games as Hawks coach, Bob Pulford won 182, lost 176, and tied 68. His win percentage was .507 and he is ranked second behind Billy Reay in most regular season games won as Hawk coach.

He won the Jack Adams Award for best coach in the NHL in 1975.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

On October 11, 2007, Pulford was named an officer with the Wirtz Corporation and is no longer part of the day to day management of the Blackhawks.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1954–55Toronto MarlborosOHA472422460
1955–56Toronto MarlborosOHA483025550
1956–57Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6511112232
1957–58Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7014173148
1958–59Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7023143753124488
1959–60Toronto Maple LeafsNHL79242852811041510
1960–61Toronto Maple LeafsNHL401118294150008
1961–62Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70182139981271824
1962–63Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70192544491025714
1963–64Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70183048731453820
1964–65Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6519293946611216
1965–66Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7028285651411212
1966–67Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6717284528121101112
1967–68Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7420305040
1968–69Toronto Maple LeafsNHL711123342040002
1969–70Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7418193731
1970–71Los Angeles KingsNHL5917264353
1971–72Los Angeles KingsNHL7313243748
NHL totals 1079 281 362 643 792 89 25 26 51 126


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Larry Cahan
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Head Coaches of the Los Angeles Kings
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Ron Stewart
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Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks
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Eddie Johnston
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Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks
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Orval Tessier
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Orval Tessier
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