Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Curt Brackenbury
Curt Brackenbury began his professional hockey career in 1972, signing a free agent contract with the Jersey Devils of the EHL after playing his junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. He had a strong rookie campaign, potting 17 goals and 44 points in 68 games. In 1973-74, he moved on to the NAHL where he was told he needed to play a more aggressive style if he hoped to get noticed by the NHL. In 45 games with the Long Island Cougars, Brackenbury amassed 194 minutes in penalties while also collecting 28 points.

Brackenbury signed a contract with the Chicago Cougars of the fledgling WHA in 1973-74, appearing in four games and scoring a single point. He also spent a year and a half with the Minnesota Fighting Saints before moving on to the Quebec Nordiques, where he enjoyed the bulk of his success as a professional.

In 1976-77, Brackenbury put together a strong offensive season, scoring 16 goals and 29 points while racking up 146 minutes in penalties. It was also the most gratifying season from the team's perspective as well, as they won their only Avco Cup championship, turning back Bobby Hull and the Winnipeg Jets in a thrilling seven-game series.

When the Nordiques joined the NHL for the 1979-80 campaign, Brackenbury got his first taste of playing in the best hockey league in the world. In 63 games he scored six goals and 14 points. The following year he joined the Edmonton Oilers, being snatched in the Waiver Draft, but on a club made up primarily of young hotshot superstars, Brackenbury found it hard to even crack the starting lineup. By 1981-82, at the age of 30, Brackenbury was seldom used and he was let go. In 1982-83, he played in 44 games with Salt Lake of the CHL, hoping to make it back to the NHL. He did manage to dress for six games with the St. Louis Blues, but the writing was on the wall, and so he retired.

Brackenbury played in 141 NHL games, scoring nine times while counting 26 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Sudbury Wolves NOJHA
1972-73 Jersey Devils EHL 68 17 27 44 66
1973-74 Chicago Cougars WHA 4 0 1 1 11
1973-74 Des Moines Capitols IHL 13 1 5 6 4
1973-74 Long Island Cougars NAPro 45 8 20 28 194 17 5 1 6 51
1974-75 Hampton Gulls SHL 46 19 24 43 212 13 5 5 10 48
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 7 0 0 0 22 12 0 2 2 59
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 59 4 9 13 255
1975-76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 15 4 5 9 110 5 0 0 0 18
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 77 16 13 29 146 17 3 5 8 51
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 33 4 9 13 54 10 1 1 2 31
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 70 13 13 26 155 4 1 1 2 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 63 6 8 14 55 -21
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 2 7 9 153 -3 2 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 0 2 2 12 +2
1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL 47 11 27 38 99 7 0 7 7 13
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 1 0 1 6 -8
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 44 4 19 23 137 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 141 9 17 26 226 2 0 0 0 0


Signed as a free agent by Chicago (WHA), October, 1973. Traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for cash, November, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Quebec (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, March 10, 1976. Claimed by Edmonton from Quebec in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, October 1, 1982.