Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Attwell
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.B 50 32 28 60 12
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 64 18 25 43 10 4 1 2 3 2
1977-78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 23 43 66 32 21 6 12 18 4
1977-78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 1 1 2 0
1978-79 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 32 61 93 39 19 8 8 16 8
1978-79 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 3 0 3 2
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 7 1 1 2 0 -5
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 74 26 35 61 18 15 4 5 9 4
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 15 0 4 4 0 +1
1980-81 Fort Worth Texans CHL 60 13 18 31 30 5 1 2 3 0
1981-82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 79 31 36 67 66
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 74 14 19 33 31
1983-84 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 70 25 35 60 22 6 1 1 2 0
1984-85 EC Bad Tolz W.Ger-2 36 42 18 60 54 18 12 11 23 20
1985-86 Berliner SC Preussen W.Ger-2 18 16 12 28 20
1986-87 Berliner SC Preussen W.Ger-2 13 10 8 18 19
1987-88 Berliner SC Preussen W.German 23 8 5 13 6
1987-88 Berliner SC Preussen W.Ger-Q 12 14 8 22 0
1988-89 Heilbronner EC W.Ger-2 36 40 37 77 36 13 9 7 16
1989-90 Augsburger EV W.Ger-2 30 20 21 41 14
NHL Totals 22 1 5 6 0


Son of Ron Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 25, 1982.