Bud Poile

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Bud Poile
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1990
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Born (1924-02-10)February 10, 1924
Fort William, ON, CAN
Died January 4, 2005(2005-01-04) (aged 80)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1942–1954

Norman Robert "Bud" Poile (February 10, 1924 – January 4, 2005) was a professional ice hockey player, coach, general manager, and league executive.

Overview[edit]

Poile was born in Fort William, Ontario and played junior hockey for the Fort William Rangers. He began his professional career in 1942 as an 18-year-old right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs and—after a break in his career to serve in the Second World War—was a member of the Leafs' Stanley Cup-winning team of 1947. The next season, he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in a multi-player deal for Max Bentley. A year later he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings. Before the 1949–50 season he was acquired by the New York Rangers and was traded mid-season to the Boston Bruins, which would be his final stop in the NHL.

Poile would spend five more years playing in minor professional leagues as a player-coach, first for the Tulsa Oilers of the United States Hockey League in 1950–51. he then rejoined the Red Wings organization in 1951–52 as player coach of the Red Wings' Maritime Major Hockey League affiliate, the Glace Bay Miners. He moved up to the Wings' Western Hockey League affiliate, the Edmonton Flyers, in 1952–53. He retired as a player in 1954, but would continue to coach the Flyers until 1962. Poile then became head coach of the San Francisco Seals from 1962 to 1966.

With the NHL expansion in 1967, Poile became general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, acquiring key members of the team that would win the Stanley Cup in the 1970s. In 1970, Poile became general manager of another NHL expansion team, the Vancouver Canucks, building that club until leaving in 1973 to join the World Hockey Association as executive vice-president. He left the WHA in May 1976.

In August 1976, Poile became president of the Central Hockey League. During the 1983–84 season he also became commissioner of the International Hockey League. The CHL wound down its operations at the end of that season, and Poile continued in his role with the IHL until retiring in 1989.

Poile was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1990 after a hockey career that spanned six decades. He died in Vancouver on January 4, 2005 after a prolonged struggle with Parkinson's disease. His son, David Poile, has also had a long management career in the National Hockey League and was the first (and current) general manager of the Nashville Predators.

Poile has had two professional hockey trophies named after him. The first was the N.R. "Bud" Poile Trophy of the International Hockey League, awarded from 1989 to 2001 to the most valuable player of the Turner Cup Playoffs. The second is the Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy of the American Hockey League, awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1942–43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 16 19 35 24 6 2 4 6 4
1943–44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 6 8 14 9
1945–46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 1 8 9 0
1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 19 17 36 19 7 2 0 2 2
1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 2 0 2 3
1947–48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 54 23 29 52 14
1948–49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 4 0 0 0 2
1948–49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 21 21 42 6 10 0 1 1 2
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL 28 3 6 9 8 12 2 5 7 10
1949–50 Boston Bruins NHL 38 16 14 30 6
1950–51 Tulsa Oilers USHL 60 15 38 53 48 9 5 6 11 4
1951–52 Glace-Bay Miners MMHL 84 33 60 93 69
1952–53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 20 29 49 62 15 0 7 7 12
1953–54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 49 12 39 51 34 13 3 9 12 0
1954–55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 3 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 311 107 122 229 91 35 6 10 16 18

Coaching statistics[edit]

Season Team League Type G W L T OTL Pct
1952–53 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 60 21 28 11 0 .442
1953–54 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 29 30 11 0 .493
1954–55 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 39 20 11 0 .636
1955–56 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 33 34 3 0 .493
1956–57 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 39 27 4 0 .586
1957–58 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach1  ?  ?  ?  ? 0  ?
1959–60 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 37 29 4 0 .557
1960–61 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 27 43 0 0 .386
1961–62 Edmonton Flyers WHL Head Coach 70 39 27 4 0 .586
1962–63 San Francisco Seals WHL Head Coach 70 44 25 1 0 .636
1963–64 San Francisco Seals WHL Head Coach2  ?  ?  ?  ? 0  ?
1964–65 San Francisco Seals WHL Head Coach 70 31 37 2 0 .457
1965–66 San Francisco Seals WHL Head Coach²  ?  ?  ?  ? 0  ?

1 Midseason replacement

² Replaced midseaseon

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Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers
196769
Succeeded by
Keith Allen
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
197073
Succeeded by
Hal Laycoe