Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Cassidy
Like many a teenager, Cassidy put up big numbers during his junior days and attracted plenty of attention from NHL scouts. Chicago selected him 18th overall at the 1983 Entry Draft and the next season he helped the Ottawa 67's to the Memorial Cup and also got into his first game with Chicago.

A serious knee injury, though, curtailed his development and through to 1990 Cassidy never played more than 21 games in any season with the Hawks. Instead, he was in the minors most of the time, his scoring ability diminished and his confidence not up to the NHL level.

Feeling his career was stagnating, Cassidy took off for Europe and played in Italy and Germany for the next four years until re-signing with Chicago and returning to North America. But the return was minor league, and he played the next three seasons in the IHL before becoming coach of the Jacksonville Lizard Kings in the ECHL, a post he has held up until 1998.

After two seasons as head coach in Jacksonville, Cassidy returned to the Indianapolis Ice his last team as a player and became the head coach. One year later Cassidy was on the move again, this time with the ECHL's Trenton Titans before signing on with the IHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2000-01. Two years into his stint as head coach of the Griffins, Cassidy was hired on as head coach of the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2002 before ultimately being dismissed midway through the 2003-04 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 37 13 30 43 32
1982-83 Ottawa 67's OHL 70 25 86 111 33 9 3 9 12 10
1983-84 Ottawa 67's OHL 67 27 68 95 58 13 6 16 22 6
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 6
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 7 5 12 2
1984-85 Ottawa 67's OHL 28 13 27 40 15
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 4 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 19 2 8 10 4
1986-87 Canada Nat-Tm 12 3 6 9 4
1986-87 Saginaw Generals IHL 10 2 13 15 6 2 1 1 2 0
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 3 10 13 6 -3
1987-88 Saginaw Hawks IHL 60 9 37 46 59 10 2 3 5 19
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 2 2 4 -5 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 72 16 64 80 80 6 0 2 2 6
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 1 1 2 0 -1
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 75 11 46 57 56 14 1 10 11 20
1990-91 HC Alleghe Italy 36 23 52 75 20 10 7 8 15 2
1991-92 HC Alleghe Alpenliga 18 13 28 41 16
1991-92 HC Alleghe Italy 18 11 18 29 10 9 3 11 14 2
1992-93 HC Alleghe Alpenliga 32 19 40 59 12
1992-93 HC Alleghe Italy 16 6 22 28 4 9 6 8 14 6
1993-94 ESV Kaufbeuren Germany 33 8 9 17 12 4 1 2 3
1994-95 Indianapolis Ice IHL 29 2 13 15 16
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 56 5 16 21 46 5 1 0 1 4
1996-97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 10 0 4 4 11
NHL Totals 36 4 13 17 10 1 0 0 0 0


OHL Rookie of the Year (1983)
OHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1984)
IHL First All-Star Team (1989, 1990)
Missed majority of 1984-85 due to knee injury in summer training, June, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 28, 1994.