|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
215 lb (98 kg)
Detroit Red Wings
|Born||May 12, 1935,|
Edmonton, Alberta, CA
|Pro Career||1955 – 1978|
|Hall of Fame, 1981|
John Paul "Chief" Bucyk (born on May 12, 1935, in Edmonton, Alberta) is a retired professional left winger and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has been a member of the Boston Bruins organization for an unprecedented sixty consecutive years.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Bucyk was a skilled left winger who was (at 6', 215 lb) one of the largest of his day. While he never was regarded as the best at his position (being a contemporary of superstars Bobby Hull and Frank Mahovlich), he had a long and stellar career, and retired as the fourth leading point scorer of all time and having played the third most games in history. Despite his reputation for devastating hip checks, he was a notably clean player who won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974.
Bucyk played junior hockey for four seasons for his hometown Edmonton Oil Kings before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955. Two modest years later in 1958, he was traded to the Bruins in a surprising deal for Terry Sawchuk, one of the greatest goaltenders of the day. To this day, the deal is considered one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. While Sawchuk's best days proved to be behind him, Bucyk more than justified the deal by becoming an immediate star in Boston with his Uke Line partners of Vic Stasiuk and Bronco Horvath, helping Horvath to finish fifth in the league in scoring in 1958 and second in 1960, tying with Bobby Hull of Chicago in goals.
However, thereafter the team fell on hard times in the sixties, finishing in last place five straight seasons, during which time Bucyk, usually paired with centre Murray Oliver and winger Tommy Williams, led the team in scoring several times. When the Bruins became a powerhouse in the late Sixties, Bucyk, by then the team captain, rose with the pack, with great production including a 51-goal season in the 1970–71 season in his mid-thirties, and helping the Bruins to win two Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972. Bucyk proved particularly effective playing on the left side on Boston's greatly feared power play unit, which featured Phil Esposito, John McKenzie, Bobby Orr and Fred Stanfield.
Bucyk starred into his penultimate season (during which he surrendered his team captaincy, while suffering an injury, to Wayne Cashman), and ended his playing career after the 1978 season, after which the Bruins retired his number #9 jersey. He scored 545 goals as a Bruin, the most in franchise history. Only Ray Bourque has subsequently passed his team mark for points and assists.
Bucyk remains affiliated with the Bruins, serving on various occasions as a broadcaster and in the front office. He is currently the team's director of road services.
Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1951–52||Edmonton Oil Kings||WCJHL||--||--||--||--||--||1||0||0||0||0|
|1952–53||Edmonton Oil Kings||WCJHL||39||19||12||31||24||12||5||1||6||14|
|1953–54||Edmonton Oil Kings||WCJHL||33||29||38||67||38||21||28||17||45||30|
|1955–56||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||38||1||8||9||20||10||1||1||2||8|
|1956–57||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||66||10||11||21||41||5||0||1||1||0|
Achievements & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Is currently ranked 24th all-time among National Hockey League goal scorers and 25th all-time among point scorers.
- Surpassed Alex Delvecchio as the second leading scorer in NHL history in the 1975-76 NHL season and remained in that position until he was passed by Phil Esposito in the 1977-78 NHL season
- Retired as the leading career point scorer among left wingers with 1369 points and currently ranks second behind Luc Robitaille (1394 points).
- Currently the all time leader for assists among left wingers with 813 assists.
- Is currently tenth all-time in NHL games played.
- Recorded sixteen twenty-goal seasons.
- Named a First Team All-Star in 1971 and a Second Team All-Star in 1968.
- Won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974
- Won Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States in 1977.
- Played in the All-Star Game in 1955, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1971.
- Leads the Bruins in career goals and longest consecutive game streak; second to Ray Bourque in career games, assists and points.
- Known as the "Chief" due to presumed Native American looks; in fact, he was of Ukrainian ancestry.
- When the Bruins ended their twenty-nine year championship drought in 1970, Bucyk was given the honour of being the first player of the team to hoist the Stanley Cup around the Boston Garden.
- His nephew Randy Bucyk played for the Northeastern University Huskies and the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames organizations, earning a Stanley Cup ring with Montreal in 1986. Randy Bucyk also played for the Canadian national team in 1989.
- Oldest player to score 50 goals (51 goals in 1970–71) at age 35.
- Also oldest player scoring 50 or more for 1st time in career. (1970–71).
- In 1998, he was ranked number 45 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News
Gallery[edit | edit source]
1950's[edit | edit source]
1960's[edit | edit source]
1970's[edit | edit source]
Video[edit | edit source]
Silent footage from the Bruins-Red Wings game on January 31, 1959. Over six minutes of game play and goals by Gordie Howe, Jim Morrison and Earl Reibel are shown. More silent footage from the Bruins-Red Wings game on March 14, 1959 in which the Red Wings Stu McNeill scores his only NHL goal, a goal by Don McKenney to tie the score 2-2 and two goals by John Bucyk for a 4-2 Bruins win are shown.
|Boston Bruins captains
1966–67 & 1973-77
|Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
|Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy