Bob Gracie

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Bob Gracie
Born (1910-11-08)November 8, 1910
North Bay, ON, CAN
Died August 3, 1963(1963-08-03) (aged 52)
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
New York Americans
Montreal Maroons
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
AHL
Buffalo Bisons
Hershey Bears
Washington Lions
Pittsburgh Hornets
IAHL
Cleveland Barons
Indianapolis Capitals
Playing career 1930–1939

Robert Joseph Gracie (November 8, 1910 in North Bay, Ontario – August 3, 1963) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centreman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Americans, Montreal Maroons, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing career[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

The North Bay, Ontario native came out of the Toronto junior hockey ranks, eventually signing on as a free agent with Conn Smythe's Toronto Maple Leafs. Gracie made the jump from the OHA's Toronto Marlboros and appeared in eight games for the Leafs in the 1930-31 NHL season registering four goals and two assists for six points. The following season Gracie appeared in all forty eight regular season games for the Maple Leafs and all seven post-season contests. Playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Harold Darragh he helped Toronto win a Stanley Cup in their first season at Maple Leaf Gardens, sweeping the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final three games to none in the best-of-five series. Gracie would once again appear in all forty eight regular season games the following year with the Leafs, helping them back to the Stanley Cup final in 1932-33, where they faced off against New York once again, only to see the Rangers prevail in the final series three games to one.

Boston Bruins and New York Americans[edit]

Gracie's time with Toronto came to an end after being traded to the Ottawa Senators for Hec Kilrea before the start of the 1933-34 season. Ottawa in turn, immediately dealt him the same day to the Boston Bruins for Percy Galbraith, Bud Cook and Teddy Saunders. Gracie played the first 24 games of the season for the Bruins before being traded again, this time to the New York Americans. He played the remaining 24 games for New York appearing in all 48 games of the regular season for the third consecutive year.

Montreal Maroons[edit]

After stints in Boston and New York, Gracie found himself back in Canada after his rights were sold to the Montreal Maroons. Maroons' general manager and coach Tommy Gorman put him on a line with newly acquired Gus Marker and sophomore left winger Herb Cain, to form what would later be dubbed the "Green Line." Gracie won the second Stanley Cup of his career in his first season with the Maroons in 1934-35.

Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

Before the start of the 1938-39 NHL season Gracie was sold to the Canadiens but would only play seven games that year for Montreal when the Chicago Blackhawks purchased his rights. He would split the remainder of the season with Chicago and the Cleveland Barons of the IAHL.

Minor leagues[edit]

In 1944-45, while playing for the Pittsburgh Hornets, Gracie led the American Hockey League in scoring with 95 points, tying for the lead with teammate Bob Walton.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 1931-32 - Stanley Cup Champion - Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1934-35 - Stanley Cup Champion - Montreal Maroons
  • 1944-45 - AHL Scoring Leader (tied with teammate Bob Walton) - Pittsburgh Hornets

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1930-31 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 4 2 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 13 8 21 29 7 3 1 4 0
1932-33 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 9 13 22 27 9 0 1 1 0
1933-34 Boston Bruins NHL 24 2 6 8 16 - - - - -
1933-34 New York Americans NHL 24 4 6 10 4 - - - - -
1934-35 New York Americans NHL 14 2 1 3 4 - - - - -
1934-35 New Haven Eagles CAHL 1 1 2 3 0 - - - - -
1934-35 Montreal Maroons NHL 32 10 8 18 8 7 0 2 2 2
1935-36 Montreal Maroons NHL 46 11 14 25 31 3 0 1 1 0
1936-37 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 11 25 36 18 5 1 2 3 2
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 12 19 31 32 - - - - -
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
1938-39 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 31 4 6 10 27 - - - - -
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 11 1 5 6 0 9 4 2 6 0
1939-40 Cleveland Barons IAHL 37 10 11 21 13 - - - - -
1939-40 Indianapolis Capitals IAHL 19 5 9 14 19 5 1 0 1 0
1940-41 Buffalo Bisons AHL 56 22 26 48 2 - - - - -
1941-42 Buffalo Bisons AHL 35 10 10 20 8 - - - - -
1941-42 Hershey Bears AHL 17 8 6 14 0 7 2 3 5 0
1942-43 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 4 4 6 - - - - -
1942-43 Washington Lions AHL 46 27 32 59 12 - - - - -
1943-44 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 41 13 21 34 11 - - - - -
1944-45 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 58 40 55 95 4 - - - - -
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 4 4 4 8 0 - - - - -
1945-46 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 16 7 7 14 13 - - - - -
1946-47 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 2 4 0 4 10 - - - - -
1947-48 Fresno Falcons PCHL 8 3 2 5 2 - - - - -
NHL totals 378 82 109 191 204 33 4 7 11 4

Transactions[edit]

  • Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs, February 27, 1931.
  • Traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Ottawa Senators for Hec Kilrea and cash, October 4, 1933.
  • Traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Boston Bruins for Percy Galbraith, Bud Cook and Ted Saunders, October 4, 1933.
  • Traded by the Boston Bruins with Art Chapman to the New York Americans for Lloyd Gross and George Patterson, January 11, 1934.
  • Sold by the New York Americans to the Montreal Maroons, December 25, 1934.
  • Sold by the Montreal Maroons to the Montreal Canadiens, September 14, 1938.
  • Sold by the Montreal Canadiens to the Chicago Blackhawks, November 25, 1938.

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