Hockey Athlete - Inducted 1996
John Bucyk was a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings Junior Hockey Team when he was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings in the mid-1950s. He played with them for two seasons before being traded for Terry Sawchuk. During his 25 seasons as a professional hockey player, most of the time was spent playing left wing for the Boston Bruins. They won two Stanley Cups while he was with them.
John Bucyk played a total of 1,540 regular-season games as a pro; he scored 556 goals and 813 assists; he had 497 penalty minutes; he scored 103 points in 124 playoff games. He was selected to the all-star team - left-wing once and was presented with the Lady Byng Trophy for Sportsmanship in both 1971 and 1974. John Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
John Bucyk was named to the NHL’s Top 100 List in January 2017. “Johnny” remained active with the Bruins organization for more than 57 years. He is one of the major faces of all time with the franchise. In 2014, at the age of 79, he was still a co-manager of the Bruins public and media relations – a position he started after he retired as a player in 1978. Through the years, he took on more responsibilities that included road-services coordinator. He was a team ambassador and also active with the Bruins alumni. He provided colour commentary in the broadcast booth for 20 years and was there when Ray Bourque passed his Bruins record of most assists (794) and points (1,339) with the team. Johnny Bucyk leads the team list for goals scored (545). Timeline: 1980 – The Bruins retired his #9 Jersey - March 13 1981 – Hockey Hall of Fame 2007 – The Bruin’s celebrated Johnny’s 50 years with the club. 2017 – NHL’s Top 100 List