Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Bell
Left-winger Joe Bell was born on November 27th, 1923 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He spent three seasons with the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, the best of which came in his final year when he led the league with 36 goals. The next year, Bell took his goal-scoring ways to Manhattan where he joined the Rangers for four contests and scored a pair of goals.

The bulk of that season and all of the next one were spent playing senior hockey, including a year where he led the league in goals and points. In 1944-45, Bell suspended his hockey career to serve in the Canadian military. He returned to hockey the following year playing with Hershey-New Haven of the American Hockey League, and he dominated with a league-leading 46 goals and an impressive 77 points in 62 games. As a result, he was named to the First All-Star Team. Bell's solid play in the AHL led to another chance with the New York Rangers, where Bell suited up for 47 games in 1946-47 scoring ten points.

While Bell never again played in the NHL, he continued to enjoy success at the minor pro level. After two more seasons in the AHL, Bell moved on to the United States Hockey League for the 1948-49 campaign and was named to the Second All Star Team at season's end. Bell later joined the Seattle Ironmen of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, and, for the fourth time in his career, led his league in goal scoring, notching 46 goals.

Bell would switch leagues again, moving from Seattle Ironmen of the PCHL to the Seattle Bombers of the Western Hockey League. His final two seasons were spent with Nelson Maple Leafs of the Western International Hockey League. In his second last season, Bell led the league in scoring again, accumulating 78 points in just 38 games.

Bell retired having led two leagues in scoring and four leagues in goal production.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Portage Terriers MJHL 1 0 1 1 0
1940-41 Portage Terriers MJHL 16 17 13 30 14 5 5 2 7 12
1941-42 Portage Terriers MJHL 18 36 19 55 21 12 31 16 47 6
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 15 2 5 7 6
1942-43 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 9 4 5 9 2 4 2 2 4 8
1943-44 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 10 17 6 23 14
1943-44 Cornwallis Navy NSDHL 1 5 2 7 11 12 15 27 29
1944-45 St. John's Navy Nfld-Sr. 2 2 4 6 0
1945-46 New Haven Ramblers AHL 45 33 17 50 16
1945-46 Hershey Bears AHL 17 13 14 27 20 3 1 1 2 4
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 47 6 4 10 12
1946-47 New Haven Ramblers AHL 13 10 4 14 10
1947-48 Buffalo Bisons AHL 66 30 27 57 64 8 4 0 4 4
1948-49 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Dallas Texans USHL 55 37 38 75 40 4 4 1 5 2
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 7 1 2 3 0
1949-50 Louisville Blades USHL 53 31 25 56 8
1950-51 Seattle Ironmen PCHL 63 46 32 78 32
1951-52 Seattle Ironmen PCHL 66 38 31 69 24 4 0 3 3 0
1952-53 Seattle Bombers WHL 59 25 28 53 20 5 1 3 4 2
1953-54 Seattle Bombers WHL 70 24 23 47 22
1954-55 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 38 29 49 78 58 9 5 3 8 24
1955-56 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 42 19 31 50 42 5 1 1 2 14
NHL Totals 62 8 9 17 18


Brother of Gordie
AHL First All-Star Team (1946)
USHL Second All-Star Team (1949)
PCHL First All-Star Team (1951)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 30, 1942. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers with Hal Laycoe and George Robertson for Buddy O'Connor and Frank Eddolls, August 19, 1947.