Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Gardiner
Bruce Gardiner was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the sixth round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft 131st overall. He came up through the Barrie Minor Hockey Association and played two years with the Barrie Colts when the franchise played at the Junior B level.

In 1990-91 Gardiner enrolled at Colgate University where he improved on his offensive numbers in each of his four years in the NCAA. As a senior in 1994 he was named to the ECAC Second All-Star Team.

Gardiner played his first professional game in the IHL with the Peoria Rivermen in 1993-94. By this time the St. Louis Blues had relinquished the rights to Gardiner and he signed a free-agent pact with the Ottawa Senators. He played two seasons in Prince Edward Island with the Senators farm team in the AHL.

In 1996-97 Gardiner got his first crack at the NHL, appearing in 67 games for Ottawa. He responded with eleven goals and 21 points while playing in a defensive checking role for the team. He played another two-and-a-half years in the Canadian capital before being traded to Tampa Bay in November, 1999. He played in 41 games with the Lightning but was then selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2000 Expansion Draft. He played 73 games with the Blue Jackets in their first season but spent most of the 2001-02 campaign in the minors with the AHL's Albany River Rats after being obtained by the New Jersey Devils. Gardiner was called up for seven games, throughout the course of the season, scoring two goals and an assist.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Barrie Colts ON-Jr.B 41 17 28 45 29
1989-90 Barrie Colts ON-Jr.B 40 19 26 45 89 13 10 11 21 32
1990-91 Colgate U. Red Raiders ECAC 27 4 9 13 72
1991-92 Colgate U. Red Raiders ECAC 23 7 8 15 77
1992-93 Colgate U. Red Raiders ECAC 33 17 12 29 64
1993-94 Colgate U. Red Raiders ECAC 33 23 23 46 68
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 P.E.I. Senators AHL 72 17 20 37 132 7 4 1 5 4
1995-96 P.E.I. Senators AHL 38 11 13 24 87 5 2 4 6 4
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 67 11 10 21 49 +4 7 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 7 11 18 50 +2 11 1 3 4 2
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 59 4 8 12 43 +6 3 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 0 3 3 4 +1
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 41 3 6 9 37 -21
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 73 7 15 22 78 -1
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 2 1 3 2 -1
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL 45 5 18 23 71 -2
2002-03 Lada Togliatti Russia 30 4 8 12 106 10 1 0 1 20
2003-04 Blues Espoo Finland 22 6 5 11 60
2004-05 Adirondack Frostbite UHL 18 7 12 19 27 +7
NHL Totals 312 34 54 88 263 21 1 4 5 8


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1994) Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, June 14, 1994. Traded to Tampa Bay by Ottawa for Colin Forbes, November 11, 1999. Claimed by Columbus from Tampa Bay in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 21, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Lada Togliatti (Russia), October 14, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Blues Espoo (Finland), July 23, 2003.