Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bobby Burns
Mention the name Bobby Burns, and seasoned cocktail drinkers may respond by saying it's their favorite combination of scotch whiskey, vermouth, benedictine and, of course, cracked ice. However, there was also a hockey player in the 1920s and 1930s by the same name. Left wing Bobby Burns turned professional in the fall of 1926, when at the age of 21, he signed a contract with the Chicago cardinals of the AHA. In 33 games, he collected six goals and nine points. The next year he suited up for the Duluth Hornets.

The combination of Burns' strong defensive skills and the ability to occasionally contribute in the offensive zone, was appealing to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, who called him up for six games in 1928-29. Although he was held pointless, the club was impressed by his ability to forecheck and keep the opposing team's scorers at bay.

Burns played eleven more games for the Blackhawks in 1929-30, picking up a goal, the only point of his 17-game NHL career. The following year Burns was a regular with the Chicago Shamrocks. The next year was split between the St. Louis Flyers and the Shamrocks. In 1932-33, he was moved to Kansas City. That was followed by a two-year stopover in Oklahoma City before he returned to St. Louis to play the final three years of his pro career with the AHA's Flyers.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1924-25 Owen Sound Jr. Greys OHA-Jr. 17 17 11 28 9 2 3 5 4
1925-26 Preston Riversides OHA-Sr. 20 8 0 8 8
1926-27 Chicago Cardinals AHA 33 6 3 9 20
1927-28 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Duluth Hornets AHA 39 9 1 10 38 5 0 0 0 6
1928-29 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 0 0 0 6
1929-30 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 12 1 0 1 2
1929-30 Minneapolis Millers AHA 25 7 4 11 25
1930-31 Chicago Shamrocks AHA 46 16 10 26 54
1931-32 Chicago Shamrocks AHA 29 7 2 9 30
1931-32 St. Louis Flyers AHA 13 3 0 3 12
1932-33 Kansas City Pla-Mors AHA 27 11 4 15 28
1933-34 Oklahoma City Warriors AHA 47 16 12 28 30
1934-35 Oklahoma City Warriors AHA 48 17 19 36 35
1935-36 Oklahoma<196>Minneapolis AHA 48 20 20 40 33
1936-37 St. Louis Flyers AHA 46 25 19 44 34 6 4 3 7 9
1937-38 St. Louis Flyers AHA 43 11 22 33 24 7 0 1 1 5
1938-39 St. Louis Flyers AHA 45 15 23 38 46 7 2 3 5 2
NHL Totals 20 1 0 1 8


AHA Second All-Star Team (1936)
AHA First All-Star Team (1937)
Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHA), October 20, 1926. Traded to Minneapolis (AHA) by Chicago for Helge Bostrom, January 15, 1930. NHL rights transferred to Detroit from Chicago Shamrocks (AHA) after AHA club owners purchased Detroit (NHL and IAHL) franchises, September 2, 1932.