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Bruce John Bullock (born May 9, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League in the 1970s with the Vancouver Canucks.

Bruce Bullock
Born (1949-05-09) May 9, 1949 (age 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1972–1977

Playing for Clarkson University, Bullock was one of the most decorated college goaltenders of his era. He was named to the NCAA First Team All-American in goal in both 1970 and 1971 (succeeding Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, who took the honor from 1967–69), and was named ECAC Player of the Year in 1971. He also led Clarkson to the 1970 NCAA title game, where they lost to Cornell.

Following his college career, Bullock was signed by the Vancouver Canucks during training camp, and assigned to their farm team, the Rochester Americans. He was then loaned to the Chicago Black Hawks' farm team in Dallas. When a position became available at the Canucks' other farm team, the Seattle Totems, he was assigned there where he completed his rookie pro season. He caught a break in 1972–73, when an injury to Canuck starter Dunc Wilson forced his recall from the minors. He appeared in 13 games for Vancouver, posting a 3–8–3 record with a 4.79 GAA, until his season ended due to a broken finger, requiring surgery.

Bullock spent another four seasons in Vancouver's organization, but never saw substantial NHL action, partially due to hand injuries. He made one start for the club in the 1974–75 campaign, and another appearance in 1976–77. During his minor league career he helped the Seattle Totems upset the USSR national team in an exhibition game, and was instrumental in helping the Tulsa Oilers win the Adams Cup in 1975–76. He was ultimately released by Vancouver in 1977 to make room in the system for high draft picks Glen Hanlon and Murray Bannerman, and played two more seasons with the Phoenix Roadrunners in the Pacific Hockey League before retiring in 1979.

In 16 NHL appearances, Bullock posted a 3–9–3 record with a 4.79 GAA.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1968–69 Clarkson University ECAC 28 19 7 2 1676 96 3 3.44
1969–70 Clarkson University ECAC 27 25 2 0 1550 79 4 3.06
1970–71 Clarkson University ECAC 30 28 1 1 1800 71 1 2.37
1971–72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 5 0 2 1 220 15 0 3.75
1971–72 Seattle Totems WHL 10 3 7 0 564 43 0 4.57
1972–73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 3 8 3 840 67 0 4.79 .857
1972–73 Seattle Totems WHL 13 7 6 0 750 45 0 3.60
1973–74 Seattle Totems WHL 46 22 20 3 2703 165 2 3.66
1974–75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .840
1974–75 Seattle Totems CHL 48 14 20 7 2580 168 1 3.91
1975–76 Beauce Jaros NAHL 19 1067 60 2 3.37
1975–76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 17 13 3 0 958 39 1 2.44 6 6 0 360 10 1 1.67
1976–77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 27 3 0 6.77
1976–77 Tulsa Oilers CHL 40 20 14 6 2347 135 1 3.45 8 4 4 480 21 0 2.63
1977–78 Phoenix Roadrunners PHL 31 1747 104 1 3.57
1978–79 Phoenix Roadrunners PHL 31 1872 100 1 3.21
NHL totals 16 3 9 3 927 74 0 4.79 .854

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  3. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ken Dryden
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
1970
Succeeded by
Dave Hynes
Preceded by
Tim Sheehy
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
1970–71
Succeeded by
Bob Brown