Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Brackenborough
John Brackenborough played left-wing and center during his brief hockey career that began in 1915 but was prompty interrupted for three years by his military obligations. Brackenborough, who was known to teammates as "Spider" returned to the ice in 1919 to play Senior hockey with Depot Harbour.

The 1920-21 campaign saw Brackenborough move on to the North Bay Trappers where he provided steady offense for the next two years before he switched clubs again. In 1922 "Spider" joined the Hamilton Tigers and was an instant success firing home 20-goals and leading the league with 28 points. The following year he was equally impressive with 13 goals and a league-leading 12 assists, but his season ended in tragedy when he lost the sight in his right eye as the result of an incident in a game versus the University of Toronto on February 28, 1924.

Brackenborough's injury kept him off the ice the following year, but he was fit to play in 1925 and signed a free agent deal with the Boston Bruins. In the seven games he suited up for with the Bruins Brackenborough was unable to rediscover the deft scoring touch he possessed before the injury and elected to leave the game of hockey.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1915-16 Ottawa Grand Trunk OCHL 4 2 0 2
1919-20 Depot Harbour NOHA
1920-21 North Bay Trappers NOHA 6 6 5 11 4
1921-22 North Bay Trappers NOHA 6 7 3 10 6
1922-23 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 12 20 8 28 2 1 2 3
1923-24 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 10 13 12 25 2 1 2 3
1924-25 Galt Terriers OHA-Sr.
1925-26 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 7 0 0 0 0

Lost sight and use of right eye in game vs. University of Toronto, February 28, 1924.
Missed entire 1924-25 season after OHA rejected transfer from Hamilton (OHA-Sr.) to Galt (OHA-Sr.). Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 16, 1925.
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