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Bronco Horvath
Position Centre
Shoots Left
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota North Stars
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 12, 1930(1930-03-12),
Port Colborne, ON, CA
Died December 17 2019 (aged 89),
Hyannis, MA, US
Pro Career 1949 – 1970

Bronco Joseph Horvath (born March 12, 1930, in Port Colborne, Ontario, died December 17, 2019) is a retired former professional player who played 434 games in the NHL between 1955 and 1968.

Playing Career

He is perhaps best remembered for his time playing on the famous "Uke Line" in Boston with the Bruins, with fellow Ukrainian-Canadians Johnny Bucyk and Vic Stasiuk. Horvath missed out on the Art Ross Trophy in 1959–60 by a single point to Bobby Hull, however he tied with Hull for the goal-scoring lead, with 39. Horvath was named to the second all star team. He played for five of the Original Six teams in the NHL (only missing Detroit) and was demoted to the minors in 1963. Horvath played most of the next six seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He helped Rochester win three A.H.L. Calder Cup championships in 1964-65, 1965-66 and 1967-68.

With the increased demand for players with the NHL expansion in 1967, Horvath found himself back in the league with the Minnesota North Stars. At mid-season of that year he returned to the Rochester Americans and helped lead them to the championship. He would finish his career with Rochester and ultimately retired from playing in 1970. Horvath is a charter member of the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.

The following year he became coach of the London Knights of the OHL, from 1971–72. He moved to South Yarmouth, Mass., when he was named coach of the Cape Cod Cubs, an expansion team in the Eastern Hockey League, in 1972. He coached the Cubs to a regular-season divisional championship and a sweep of their first-round playoff series with the Long Island Ducks before a powerful Syracuse Blazers team ended Cape Cod's league championship hopes. Horvath returned as coach for the 1973–74 season with the Cubs, who were charter members of the new North American Hockey League, but was fired after the team got off to a slow start. His last coaching job was a brief stint at Dennis-Yarmouth (Mass.) Regional High School.


During the October 18, 1958 game in Toronto, Doug Mohns took a Bob Pulford elbow to the face which broke his jaw. Later in the game, Carl Brewer hit Bronco Horvath in the face with his shoulder and also broke his jaw. Both would return to play in December 1958, wearing protection for their still healing jaws.



Two minutes of video from the October 18, 1958 Toronto-Boston game showing Leo Boivin hitting the post and then a scrap between Bronco Horvath and Bert Olmstead who later sit in the penalty box together.

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Preceded by
Jean Beliveau
NHL Goal Leader

(tied with Bobby Hull)

Succeeded by
Bernie Geoffrion
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