Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Connie Broden
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Cornell Connie Broden spent his entire professional hockey life with his hometown team, the Canadiens, in only three NHL seasons from 1955 to 1958. His entire NHL totals are similarly unimpressive at first glance six games, two goals and one assist.

But Broden is in the pro hockey record books because in 1957-58, he packed into a single season two achievements that most players spend an entire career trying to accomplish. That year, Broden played with the Whitby (Ontario) Dunlops, the OHA senior league team that won the World Championship for Canada in Norway and the Canadiens squad that captured the Stanley Cup.

That season, Broden, who had graduated from Loyola University in Montreal, initially decided not to report to the Canadiens' farm team in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the American Hockey League. He thought he would retire instead. "Whitby was looking for players and they approached Sam Pollock, the manager of the Canadiens," recalled Broden. "They really wanted Ralph Backstrom, who was then playing junior, but they wound up with me." Pollock gave Broden permission to play for the Dunlops, and he ended up an important part of the gold-medal team.

Broden scored at least one goal in every game of the 1958 Worlds in Oslo, Norway, and finished the tournament as the top scorer for Canada. The Dunlops steamrollered through the round-robin competition, hammering Poland 14-1, Norway 12-0, Finland 24-0 (including a 10-goal third period), Sweden 10-2, Czechoslovakia 6-0 and the U.S. 12-1. In the final game against the USSR, the score was tied 1-1 in the final period when Broden scored to put the Canucks in front. But the USSR scored once more to tie before Canada scored two late ones to win it by a score of 4-2. In all, Canada outscored the competition 82-6, and Broden recorded 11 goals and seven assists.

When the World Championship was over, Broden returned home, this time to play professionally for Montreal in the NHL, where he helped the Habs to a Cup win that year over the Boston Bruins. To date, there is only one other player who has won a World title and a Stanley Cup in the same year Ken Morrow, who was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic squad. That won the gold at Lake Placid, and a defenseman on the Islanders championship team the same spring.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 36 7 19 26 14 3 0 1 1 0
1950-51 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 29 15 12 27 15
1950-51 Montreal Royals QMHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 39 16 24 40 18 10 5 2 7 8
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 8 5 5 10 8
1952-53 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 57 29 38 67 39 9 4 3 7 8
1953-54 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 59 32 37 69 34 11 3 2 5 14
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 62 27 35 62 25 13 5 7 12 15
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataractes Ed-Cup 7 2 1 3 0
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 61 17 40 57 45 11 2 8 10 8
1956-57 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 68 20 29 49 32
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 1 1 0
1957-58 Whitby Dunlops EOHL 7 5 9 14 0
1957-58 Canada WEC-A 7 12 7 19 6
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 26 11 12 23 40 7 0 4 4 20
NHL Totals 6 2 1 3 2 7 0 1 1 0


William Northey Trophy (QHL - Top Rookie) (1955) Claimed by Springfield (AHL) from Montreal (Shawinigan - QHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957.
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