Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frank Bathgate
Frank Bathgate caught the eye of the New York Rangers long before they were interested in his younger brother Andy, a future Hall of Famer. When Frank was assigned to the Guelph Biltmores for his third season by the Rangers in 1949-50, he insisted that Andy be given a tryout. He threatened to walk out on the team and made such a stink that finally Andy was given a trial.

The younger sibling impressed the Biltmore brass and made the team, ending up on a line with his brother. The Bathgate duo powered Guelph to the OHA title that year, combining for 56 points in 26 playoff games. Frank earned a short tryout in 1952 with the Rangers, playing two games for the Blueshirts in the NHL. Later that year Andy was up with New York for the first of his 12 years with the big club as a high-scoring centre.

In 1958 Andy returned the favour, arranging a tryout for Frank, who had been playing for Windsor in the OHA Sr. loop since 1954. Muzz Patrick, the Rangers general manager, despite Andy's recommendation, did not sign Frank and he ended his playing career where it began, in the OHA, in 1962 some 15 years after it began.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 29 4 5 9 6
1948-49 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 45 16 22 38 34
1949-50 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 42 15 30 45 77 15 7 10 17 10
1949-50 Guelph Biltmores M-Cup 11 3 7 10 11
1950-51 Charlottetown Islanders MMHL 75 35 58 93 47 11 9 10 19 22
1950-51 Charlottetown Islanders Alx-Cup 4 0 0 0 4
1951-52 Vancouver Canucks PCHL 13 0 3 3 2
1951-52 Sydney Millionaires MMHL 68 25 40 65 46
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1952-53 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 54 22 31 53 10
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 5 0 3 3 7
1953-54 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 42 20 39 59 81 3 0 1 1 4
1954-55 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 45 18 31 49 76 12 6 2 8 16
1955-56 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 48 23 30 53 82
1956-57 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 52 16 37 53 67 12 6 6 12 31
1957-58 Windsor Bulldogs NOHA 59 33 37 70 99 13 3 11 14 20
1958-59 Windsor Bulldogs NOHA 21 4 10 14 10
1958-59 Belleville McFarlands OHA-Sr. 18 7 7 14 2
1958-59 Toledo Mercurys IHL 25 9 18 27 34
1959-60 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 51 13 25 38 12 19 7 12 19 20
1959-60 Chatham Maroons Al-Cup 13 6 21 27 33
1960-61 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 15 6 11 17 4
1961-62 Waterloo Tigers OHA-Sr. 11 3 10 13 10
NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 2


Brother of Andy Loaned to Sydney (MMHL) by NY Rangers for cash, November 7, 1951. Loaned to Toledo (IHL) by Windsor (NOHA) for cash, February 7, 1959.