Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Brooke
Centre Bob Brooke spent seven years in the NHL with three different teams in the 1980s. He was a capable scorer who also developed a knack for killing penalties.

Brooke spent four years at Yale University. He was chosen 75th overall by the St. Louis Blues at the 1980 Entry Draft and was named to the ECAC first all-star team NCAA East First All-American squad in 1983. Brooke also represented the United States at the 1980 World Junior Championships and spent a year with the national team which played at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

The young forward's rights were traded to the New York Rangers shortly after the Olympics. He played nine games late in the 1983-84 season and suited up for the club when it nearly upset the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.

Prior to his official rookie season in the NHL, Brooke was a member of Team USA when it reached the semi-finals of the 1984 Canada Cup. He played 72 games that year and went through the normal growing pains expected of a freshman. After the Rangers were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs he joined the U.S. entry at the World Championships.

In 1985-86, Brooke scored 24 goals and played with spunk at both ends of the ice. That spring he produced 15 goals in 16 games when the Rangers reached the semi-finals. Brooke joined the Minnesota North Stars in November 1986 in a multi-player transaction. He represented the U.S. at the 1987 World Championships and the Canada Cup a few months later. He was a solid role player for the Stars until the mid-point of the 1989-90 season when he was picked up by the New Jersey Devils. Brooke retired in 1990 after the Devils were eliminated in the first round of the post-season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Acton-Boxborough High High-MA
1979-80 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 24 7 22 29 38
1979-80 United States WJC-A 5 3 2 5 8
1980-81 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 27 12 30 42 59
1981-82 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 25 12 30 42 60
1982-83 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 21 10 27 37 48
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 54 7 18 25 75
1983-84 United States Olympics 6 1 1 2 10
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 9 1 2 3 4 +1 5 0 0 0 7
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 4
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 72 7 9 16 79 -18 3 0 0 0 8
1984-85 United States WEC-A 10 0 1 1 14
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 79 24 20 44 111 +6 16 6 9 15 28
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 15 3 5 8 20 -3
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 10 18 28 78 -6
1986-87 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 10
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 1 0 1 4
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 5 20 25 108 -6
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 7 9 16 57 -12 5 3 0 3 2
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 4 4 8 33 -5
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 35 8 10 18 30 +3 5 0 0 0 14
NHL Totals 447 69 97 166 520 34 9 9 18 59


ECAC First All-Star Team (1983)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1983)
Rights traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Larry Patey for Dave Barr, NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (Alan Perry) in 1984 NHL Draft and cash, March 5, 1984. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Minnesota's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Jeffrey Stolp) in 1988 NHL Draft for Curt Giles, Tony McKegney and Minnesota's 2nd round pick (Troy Mallette) in 1988 NHL Draft, November 13, 1986. Traded to New Jersey by Minnesota for Aaron Broten, January 5, 1990. Traded to Winnipeg by New Jersey for Laurie Boschman, September 6, 1990.
Officially announced retirement on September 7, 1990.
Winnipeg received New Jersey's 5th round pick (Yan Kaminsky) in 1991 NHL Draft as compensation.
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