Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Brubaker
Jeff Brubaker was a hard-nosed left-winger who spent parts of eight seasons in the NHL during the 1980s. He was on hand to play a physical role but also chipped in the odd goal and saw occasional duty on the power play where he caused commotion in the slot.

Brubaker played two years with the St. Paul Vulcans of the USHL before attending Michigan State at the start of the 1976-77 season. Two months into the schedule he headed to the OHL where he put on the uniform of the Peterborough Petes. After scoring 20 goals and racking up 307 minutes in penalties, the rugged forward was chosen 102nd overall by the Boston Bruins in 1978.

Brubaker opted to start his pro career in the WHA with the New England Whalers then ended up in the NHL anyway when the franchise became part of the merge in 1979-80. He spent most of the 1979-80 season with the AHL's Springfield Indians but dressed for 43 games in Hartford the following season. Brubaker then spent the majority of the next three seasons in the minors while making brief appearances with the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames.

The burly winger scored eight goals in 68 games and was one of the more consistent players on the dreadful Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984-85. His playing time was reduced when the team improved the next season then he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers to add depth to their AHL farm club. Brubaker later played a few games for the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 1989.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 St. Paul Vulcans MWJHL 57 13 14 27 130
1975-76 St. Paul Vulcans MWJHL 47 6 34 40 152
1976-77 Michigan State Spartans WCHA 18 0 3 3 30
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 26 0 5 5 143 4 0 2 2 7
1977-78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 20 24 44 307 21 6 5 11 52
1977-78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 0 5 5 4
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 12 0 0 0 19 3 0 0 0 12
1978-79 Rochester Americans AHL 57 4 10 14 253
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 3 0 1 1 2 -2
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 50 12 13 25 165
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 43 5 3 8 93 -5
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 33 18 11 29 138
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 1 1 32 +1 2 0 0 0 27
1981-82 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 60 28 12 40 256 6 2 1 3 32
1982-83 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 78 31 27 58 183 7 1 1 2 25
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 19 -1
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 57 16 19 35 218 6 3 1 4 15
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 8 4 12 209 -18
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 0 0 0 67 0
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 1 0 1 12 +1
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 19 4 3 7 41
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 47 10 16 26 80
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 12 1 2 3 30 3 2 0 2 10
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 31 2 0 2 78 0
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 30 12 10 22 53 13 2 2 4 21
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 63 3 10 13 137
NHL Totals 178 16 9 25 512 2 0 0 0 27


Selected by New England (WHA) in 1978 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1978. NHL rights retained by Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed by Montreal from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1981. Claimed by Quebec from Montreal in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983. Claimed by Calgary from Quebec in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, June 21, 1984. Claimed by Toronto from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Toronto, December 5, 1985. Traded to Philadelphia by Edmonton for Dom Campedelli, March 9, 1987. Traded to NY Rangers by Philadelphia for cash, July 21, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October, 1988.