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Northwest Athlete Profile: Mel Bridgman

NHL Hockey: Mel Bridgman

Born: April 28, 1955 (age 56), Trenton, ON, CAN
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position: Centre
Shot: Left
Played for: NHL Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks

National team: Canada,  NHL Draft: 1st overall, 1975, Philadelphia Flyers, WHA Draft: 4th overall, 1975, Denver Spurs, Playing career: 1975–1989

Mel Bridgman, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons was born on April 28, 1955 in Trenton Ontario and quickly became one of the more feared and well rounded players for his time in the game. He was tough, he was gifted and most of all he was durable.

Bridgman started his junior career in Victoria where he played four games for the Cougars during the 1971-72 season.

The following year he headed north to play for the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League. He scored 37 goals and added 50 assists in 49 games that year and was once again summoned back to the Western Hockey League Victoria Cougars where he would play another three seasons and score 39 goals while adding 131 assists in 132 games.

Mel Bridgman

Northwest Athlete Profile - Mel Bridgman

Bridgman made enough of an impression that he would get drafted first overall in the 1975 NHL Draft. He played seven seasons with the Flyers, two with the Calgary Flames, four seasons with the New Jersey Devils and one more with the Detroit Red Wings.

During his career Bridgman played 977 games, scored 252 goals, had 449 assists and added 1625 penalty minutes.

His best offensive season was the 1981-1982 season when he set career highs with 33 goals, 54 assists, and 87 points.

Bridgman’s last season in the NHL was the 1988-1989. He played 15 games with the Vancouver canucks before hanging up the skates.

After retirement, Bridgman took an unconventional route to success – he went back to University and earned a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bridgman returned to the hockey ranks as the first ever General manager of the Ottawa Senators in 1982.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Victoria Cougars WCHL 4 0 0 0 0
1972–73 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 49 37 50 87 31
1972–73 Victoria Cougars WCHL 4 1 1 2 0
1973–74 Victoria Cougars WCHL 62 26 39 65 149
1974–75 Victoria Cougars WCHL 66 66 91 157 175 12 12 6 18 34
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 23 27 50 86 16 6 8 14 31
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 19 38 57 120 7 1 0 1 8
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 16 32 48 203 12 1 7 8 36
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 24 35 59 184 8 1 2 3 17
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 16 31 47 136 19 2 9 11 70
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 14 37 51 195 12 2 4 6 39
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 7 5 12 47
1981–82 Calgary Flames NHL 63 26 49 75 94 3 2 0 2 14
1982–83 Calgary Flames NHL 79 19 31 50 103 9 3 4 7 33
1983–84 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 23 38 61 121
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 22 39 61 105
1985–86 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 23 40 63 80
1986–87 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 8 31 39 80
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 2 4 19 16 5 2 7 28
1987–88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1987–88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 6 11 17 42 16 4 1 5 12
1988–89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 15 4 3 7 10 7 1 2 3 10
NHL totals 977 252 449 701 1625 125 28 39 67 298
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