Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Blackburn
Born in Rouyn, Quebec Bob Blackburn played his junior hockey with the Barrie Flyers of the OHA in the late 1950s. He turned pro with the Quebec Aces of the QHL in 1958-59 playing alongside the likes of Skip Teal and Joe Crozier.

The bulk of Blackburn's career was spent in Providence with the AHL's Reds from 1960 to 1966 where he provided a steadying influence on defense. He also made brief stops in Vancouver of the WHL and Buffalo of the AHL where he won the Eddie Shore Award for the league's top defenseman.

Blackburn broke into the NHL as a 30-year-old rookie with the New York Rangers in 1968-69, suiting up for eleven games with the club. In the summer of 1969 he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and played in 60 games. In 1970-71 he was in the lineup for 64 games. In 135 NHL games Blackburn had eight goals and 20 points. He played one more year of pro hockey in 1971-72 with Rochester of the AHL before retiring at the age of 34.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 21 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 51 13 26 39 171 4 3 0 3 23
1958-59 Quebec Aces QHL 29 1 1 2 36
1958-59 Washington Presidents EHL 21 1 10 11 44
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 27 0 7 7 41
1959-60 Providence Reds AHL 37 0 2 2 8
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 50 1 5 6 53
1961-62 Providence Reds AHL 64 1 11 12 157 3 0 1 1 2
1962-63 Providence Reds AHL 47 2 7 9 56 6 0 0 0 4
1963-64 Providence Reds AHL 70 2 20 22 175 3 0 2 2 4
1964-65 Providence Reds AHL 67 1 17 18 162
1965-66 Providence Reds AHL 27 0 4 4 52
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 28 1 5 6 44 7 0 0 0 12
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 69 2 11 13 120 8 0 4 4 16
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 69 2 15 17 116 5 1 1 2 14
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 11 0 0 0 0 +4
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 58 3 15 18 73 6 0 1 1 14
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 6 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 4 7 11 51 -14 6 0 0 0 4
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 4 5 9 54 0
1971-72 Rochester Americans AHL 64 7 11 18 72
NHL Totals 135 8 12 20 105 6 0 0 0 4


AHL First All-Star Team (1969)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1969)
Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Providence (AHL) for Wayne Muloin and Ron Hutchinson, February 3, 1966.
Hutchinson failed to report to Providence (AHL). Claimed by Buffalo (AHL) from NY Rangers in Reverse Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Buffalo (AHL) for cash, August, 1968. Claimed by Pittsburgh from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Traded to Vancouver by Pittsburgh for cash, October 3, 1971.