It was on Mother's Day 1979 that Bob gave his dad, Ron, a present that will last a lifetime. Playing for the Peterborugh Petes, he scored the overtime goal to give his team the Memorial Cup over the Brandon Wheat Kings. He banged in a Larry Murphy shot and after the goal the two players careers diverged. Murphy went on to become the NHL's all-time leader in games played for a defenceman; Attwell played just 22 games, with the Colorado Rockies.
Amazingly, his father had played that exact same number of games during his brief NHL career in the 1960s. Perhaps more unusual, though, was that this father son team played a mere 12 years apart, father Ron playing in 1967-68, son Bob in 1979-80. Neither relative appeared in a playoff game, and Ron outscored his son eight points to six in their brief NHL careers.
Bob played the better part of five years in the minors in the CHL, AHL, and IHL, and although the Oilers signed him in 1982 he had little hope of cracking a Stanley Cup-dynasty lineup. Attwell took his skates to Europe and played six years in Germany, retiring in 1990.