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Robert Jesse "Bob" Pulford (born March 31, 1936 in Newton Robinson, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional centre who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League. He has been a coach and executive for the Chicago Blackhawks for the past thirty years.

Pulford played junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros for three seasons from 1953 to 1956, winning two Memorial Cups under coach Turk Broda. He moved up to the Maple Leafs for the 1956–57 season and remained with the team for 14 seasons. Pulford was an important member of the Leaf teams that won four Stanley Cups in 1962-63-64-67. The Leafs traded him to the Los Angeles Kings on September 3, 1970, where he played two seasons and retired as a player in 1972.

Pulford became head coach of the Kings for the 1972–73 season and led the team for five years before becoming coach and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1977. He served as coach on three separate occasions from 1977 to 1987. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1990, but took on the general manager's duties again from 1992 to 1997, from 1999 to 2000, and from 2003 to 2005. During his third stint as general manager, Pulford nominally doubled as head coach. However, Lorne Molleken remained the team's main operator on the bench, with Pulford as more or less a senior consultant.

In 7 seasons: 426 games as Hawks coach, Bob Pulford won 182, lost 176, and tied 68. His win percentage was .507 and he is ranked second behind Billy Reay in most regular season games won as Hawk coach.

He won the Jack Adams Award for best coach in the NHL in 1975.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

On October 11, 2007; Pulford was named an officer with the Wirtz Corporation and is no longer part of the day to day management of the Blackhawks.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1954–55 Toronto Marlboros OHA 47 24 22 46 0
1955–56 Toronto Marlboros OHA 48 30 25 55 0
1956–57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 11 11 22 32
1957–58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 14 17 31 48
1958–59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 23 14 37 53 12 4 4 8 8
1959–60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 24 28 52 81 10 4 1 5 10
1960–61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 11 18 29 41 5 0 0 0 8
1961–62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 18 21 39 98 12 7 1 8 24
1962–63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 19 25 44 49 10 2 5 7 14
1963–64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 18 30 48 73 14 5 3 8 20
1964–65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 19 29 39 46 6 1 1 2 16
1965–66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 28 28 56 51 4 1 1 2 12
1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 17 28 45 28 12 1 10 11 12
1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 20 30 50 40
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 11 23 34 20 4 0 0 0 2
1969–70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 18 19 37 31
1970–71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 59 17 26 43 53
1971–72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 13 24 37 48
NHL totals 1079 281 362 643 792 89 25 26 51 126

External links

  • Bob Pulford's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Lindsay (1958)
NHLPA President
1967-1972
Succeeded by
Ken Dryden
Preceded by
Larry Cahan
Los Angeles Kings captains
1971-73
Succeeded by
Terry Harper
Preceded by
Fred Glover
Head Coaches of the Los Angeles Kings
1972- 1977
Succeeded by
Ron Stewart
Preceded by
Bill White
Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks
1977-1979
Succeeded by
Eddie Johnston
Preceded by
Keith Magnuson
Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks
1981-1982
Succeeded by
Orval Tessier
Preceded by
Orval Tessier
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
1984-1987
Succeeded by
Bob Murdoch
Preceded by
Lorne Molleken
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
1999-2000
Succeeded by
Alpo Suhonen
Chicago Blackhawks Head Coaches
Muldoon Stanley Lehman Gardiner Irvin Shaughnessy Tobin Iverson Matheson Gorman Loughlin Stewart Thompson Gottselig Conacher Goodfellow Abel Eddolls Ivan Pilous Reay White Pulford Johnston Magnuson Pulford Tessier Pulford Murdoch Keenan D. Sutter Hartsburg Graham Molleken Pulford Suhonen B. Sutter Yawney Savard
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