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Born May 12, 1935 (1935-05-12) (age 74),
Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Right
Pro clubs Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
Career 1955 – 1978
Hall of Fame, 1981

John Paul "Chief" Bucyk (born on May 12, 1935, in Edmonton, Alberta) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger. As of 2008, he has been a member of the Boston Bruins' organization for an unprecedented fifty consecutive years.

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Playing career

Bucyk was a skilled left winger who was (at 6', 215 lb) the largest of his day. While he never was regarded as the best at his position (being a contemporary of superstars Bobby Hull and Frank Mahovlich), he had a long and stellar career, and retired as the fourth leading point scorer of all time and having played the third most games in history. Despite his reputation for devastating hip checks, he was a notably clean player who won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974.

Bucyk played junior hockey for four seasons for his hometown Edmonton Oil Kings before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955. Two modest years later in 1958, he was traded to the Bruins in a surprising deal for Terry Sawchuk, one of the greatest goaltenders of the day. To this day, the deal is considered one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. While Sawchuk's best days proved to be behind him, Bucyk more than justified the deal by becoming an immediate star in Boston with his Uke Line partners of Vic Stasiuk and Bronco Horvath, helping Horvath to finish fifth in the league in scoring in 1958 and second in 1960, tying with Bobby Hull of Chicago in goals.

However, thereafter the team fell on hard times in the sixties, finishing in last place five straight seasons, during which time Bucyk — generally paired with centre Murray Oliver and winger Tommy Williams — led the team in scoring several times. When the Bruins became a powerhouse in the late Sixties, Bucyk — by then the team captain — rose with the pack, with great production including a 51-goal season in the 1970–71 season in his mid-thirties, and helping the Bruins to win two Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972. Bucyk proved particularly effective playing on the left side on Boston's greatly feared power play unit, which featured Phil Esposito, John McKenzie, Bobby Orr and Fred Stanfield.

Bucyk starred into his penultimate season (during which he surrendered his team captaincy, while suffering an injury, to Wayne Cashman), and ended his playing career after the 1978 season, after which the Bruins retired his number #9 jersey. He scored 545 goals as a Bruin, the most in franchise history. Only Ray Bourque has subsequently passed his team mark for points and assists.

Bucyk remains affiliated with the Bruins, serving on various occasions as a broadcaster and in the front office. He is currently the team's director of road services.

Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1952–53 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 39 19 12 31 24 12 5 1 6 14
1953–54 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 33 29 38 67 38 21 28 17 45 30
1953–54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 2 2 0 2 2
1954–55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 30 58 88 57 9 1 6 7 7
1955–56 Edmonton Flyers WHL 6 0 0 0 9
1955–56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 1 8 9 20 10 1 1 2 8
1956–57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 10 11 21 41 5 0 1 1 0
1957–58 Boston Bruins NHL 68 21 31 52 57 12 0 4 4 16
1958–59 Boston Bruins NHL 69 24 36 60 36 7 2 4 6 6
1959–60 Boston Bruins NHL 56 16 36 52 26
1960–61 Boston Bruins NHL 70 19 20 39 48
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 67 20 40 60 32
1962–63 Boston Bruins NHL 69 27 39 66 36
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 62 18 36 54 36
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 68 26 29 55 24
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 63 27 30 57 12
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 59 18 30 48 12
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 72 30 39 69 8 3 0 2 2 0
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 70 24 42 66 18 10 5 6 11 0
1969–70 Boston Bruins NHL 76 31 38 69 13 14 11 8 19 2
1970–71 Boston Bruins NHL 78 51 65 116 8 7 2 5 7 0
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 78 32 51 83 4 15 9 11 20 6
1972–73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 40 53 93 12 5 0 3 3 0
1973–74 Boston Bruins NHL 76 31 44 75 8 16 8 10 18 4
1974–75 Boston Bruins NHL 78 29 52 81 10 3 1 0 1 0
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 77 36 47 83 20 12 2 7 9 0
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 49 20 23 43 12 5 0 0 0 0
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 53 5 13 18 36 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1540 556 813 1369 497 124 41 62 103 42

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Preceded by
Leo Boivin
Boston Bruins captains
1966–67 & 197377
Succeeded by
Wayne Cashman
Preceded by
Phil Goyette
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1971
Succeeded by
Jean Ratelle
Preceded by
Gilbert Perreault
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1974
Succeeded by
Marcel Dionne
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