Russell Bowie

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Russell Bowie
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1947[1][2]
Russell Bowie, Montreal Victorias.jpg
Bowie around 1905.
Born (1880-08-24)August 24, 1880
Montreal, QC, CAN
Died April 8, 1959(1959-04-08) (aged 78)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Position Rover/Forward
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Victorias
Playing career 1896–1908
Bowie around 1910.

Russell George Alexander "Russ, Dubbie" Bowie (August 24, 1880 – April 8, 1959) was a Canadian ice hockey player generally regarded as one of the best players of the pre-NHL era of the sport. Bowie was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.[1][2] A staunch amateur, he retired from playing in 1909 when all major hockey leagues turned professional, though he continued as an on-ice official until an injury forced his retirement. In nine seasons of competitive play, he led his league in goal scoring five times.

Playing career[edit]

Bowie played centre and rover for numerous amateur Montreal teams in the 1890s as a teenager, and for the Montreal Victorias of the AHAC, CAHL and ECAHA from the 1896 to 1908 seasons. He was a five-time scoring champion and scored an unprecedented 234 goals in 80 recorded league games. Bowie played for the Vics' final Stanley Cup champion club in 1898. An accomplished stickhandler who credited his skill to employing an unusually short stick, he was cited in many all-star lists as one of the very best forwards of hockey's first half-century.

On February 20, 1901, Bowie of the Montreal Victorias scored seven goals in a game and was well positioned to dominate the CAHL, and two weeks later, he scored 6 goals against the Montreal Shamrocks. He finished the season with 24 goals, 14 more than his nearest rival. Over his career, Mr. Bowie would average almost three goals per game, a mark only matched by Frank McGee in major senior play.

Bowie never accepted money to play hockey, famously refusing all importuning and turning down large offers, and was quoted as saying, "I am an amateur, was an amateur, and will die an amateur." He weathered a scandal in 1907 where it was alleged that he had taken pay from the professional Montreal Wanderers club, but the allegations were proven baseless—although the Wanderers did send him a grand piano in anticipation of Bowie's acceptance of their offer, an inducement he refused to receive. He did play against professionals in the ECAHA and IPHL.

Bowie retired from major play in 1909 - along with Harvey Pulford, Harry Westwick and Alf Smith, one of the final players who had played in the 19th century - when the professional National Hockey Association formed and the Victorias faded from major hockey prominence. He played in ten games for the Vics in the next two seasons in lower level amateur competition, but his retirement was punctuated by an injury in 1910, when he broke his collarbone.[3] He became a referee in retirement, officiating for the NHA thereafter.

He led the league in scoring in 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, and 1908.[4]

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.[1][2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1898–99 Montreal Victorias CAHL 7 11 0 11
1898–99 Montreal Victorias St-Cup 2 1 0 1
1899–1900 Montreal Victorias CAHL 7 15 0 15
1900–01 Montreal Victorias CAHL 7 24 0 24
1901–02 Montreal Victorias CAHL 7 13 0 13
1902–03 Montreal Victorias CAHL 7 22 0 22 2 0 0 0 3
1903–04 Montreal Victorias CAHL 8 27 0 27
1904–05 Montreal Victorias CAHL 8 27 0 27
1905–06 Montreal Victorias ECAHA 9 30 0 30 8
1906–07 Montreal Victorias ECAHA 10 39 0 39 13
1907–08 Montreal Victorias ECAHA 10 31 0 31 19
1908–09 Montreal Victorias IPAHU 5 21 0 21 19
1909–10 Montreal Victorias IPAHU 3 6 0 6 2 5 0 5 8
CAHL totals 51 139 0 139 4 1 0 1 3
ECAHA totals 29 100 0 100 40

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cyclone Always All-Star timber". The Leader-Post. February 27, 1947. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pick Eddie Shore and Six Others To National Hockey Hall of Fame". Lewiston Daily Sun. February 26, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 8
  4. ^ Coleman 1964, p. 577

Bibliography[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964), The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Volume 1: 1893–1926 inc., Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, ISBN 0-8403-2941-5 
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003), Honoured Members, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-239-7 

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