Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Burega
If there was one thing Bill Burega could do, is was intimidate the opposition. An imposing figure, he liked to play a rough and tumble style of game. In 1952-53, he played 72 games with the Glace Bay Miners, scoring 16 points while sitting 163 minutes in the penalty box. In 1953-54, Burega played for three teams; the Pittsburgh Hornets and the Ottawa Senators and Quebec Aces of the QHL. It was in 1955-56, when as a member of the WHL's Winnipeg Warriors, Burega received a call to play as a fill-in for the Toronto Maple Leafs where he had one assist in four games, which were his final NHL totals. He also helped the Warriors to the WHL championship that year, while leading the playoffs with 33 minutes in penalties.

Burega played another nine years as a pro with eight different teams. The one constant was his willingness to mix it up. He spent at least 100 minutes in the penalty box during ten of his 13 professional seasons.

Among some of Burega's accomplishments included; playing for the 1955 Calder Cup winning Pittsburgh Hornets, while also leading the playoffs with 24 penalty minutes in ten games, and playing for the WHL champion Winnipeg Warriors in 1956.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1948-49 Winnipeg Cubs MAHA
1949-50 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 28 3 2 5 45 12 0 4 4 16
1949-50 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 19 2 3 5 52
1950-51 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 36 10 11 21 59 10 1 3 4 27
1950-51 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 19 2 3 5 52
1951-52 Winnipeg Canadians MJHL 36 4 8 12 111 5 1 1 2 17
1951-52 Winnipeg Canadians M-Cup 6 0 0 0 16
1951-52 Winnipeg Monarchs M-Cup 6 0 0 0 16
1952-53 Glace Bay Miners MMHL 72 6 10 16 163 8 0 1 1 16
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 5 0 1 1 4
1953-54 Ottawa<196>Quebec QHL 41 0 5 5 115 7 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Quebec Aces Alx-Cup 6 0 2 2 2
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 57 2 5 7 140 10 0 2 2 24
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 1 1 4
1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 67 2 18 20 151 14 2 4 6 33
1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors Ed-Cup 6 1 1 2 12
1956-57 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 70 1 14 15 197
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 56 0 7 7 136
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 62 2 10 12 104
1959-60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 2 0 0 0 6
1959-60 Spokane Spokes WHL 65 4 14 18 162
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 67 3 32 35 73 5 1 1 2 6
1961-62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 1 14 15 142
1962-63 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 1 11 12 142 3 0 2 2 6
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 51 0 7 7 75 12 0 3 3 31
1964-65 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 3 10 13 161 5 0 1 1 10
1965-66 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 12 1 10 11 49 11 1 6 7 14
1965-66 Guelph Regals Al-Cup 69 1 7 8 24
1966-67 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 38 4 19 23 84
1967-68 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 40 1 14 15 86
1968-69 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 6
1969-70 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 25 1 9 10 61
NHL Totals 4 0 1 1 4


OHA-Sr. First All-Star Team (1967)
OHA-Sr. Second All-Star Team (1970)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL), September 28, 1953. Claimed by Buffalo (AHL) from Toronto (Winnipeg-WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957.