Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Chrystal
Defenseman Bob Chrystal was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 3rd, 1930 and played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings before jumping to the Denver Falcons of the United States Hockey League.

With the Falcons Chrystal was named a Second Team All-Star, which paved the way for him joining the American Hockey League for the next two years. In the AHL, with the Cleveland Barons caught the attention of the New York Rangers, who made an intra-league trade with the Barons to acquire his rights.

In 1953-54 Chrystal made his NHL debut with the Rangers, playing 64 games and scoring 10 points. The Next year he suited up for 68 games and upped his point total to 15.

Despite his success with the Blueshirts, Chrystal found himself in the Western Hockey League playing for the Saskatoon Quakers. After two seasons in the WHL, the Chicago Black Hawks claimed Chrystal from the New York Rangers in the Waiver Draft, but he did not get a chance to return to the NHL.

After the 1958-59 campaign, his fourth in a row in the WHL, Chrystal retired.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Winnipeg Orioles MAHA
1948-49 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 30 2 10 12 72 7 1 0 1 8
1948-49 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 18 4 2 6 49
1949-50 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 36 9 13 22 89 6 3 2 5 6
1949-50 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 6 1 2 3 11
1950-51 Denver Falcons USHL 64 7 13 20 71 5 0 5 5 10
1951-52 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 3 16 19 109 5 0 0 0 6
1952-53 Cleveland Barons AHL 63 5 17 22 87 11 4 4 8 24
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 64 5 5 10 44
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 68 6 9 15 68
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 48 5 5 10 67 3 0 2 2 8
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 70 8 20 28 52 9 3 2 5 12
1956-57 Brandon Regals Ed-Cup 6 0 2 2 8
1957-58 Saskatoon/St. Paul Saints WHL 69 9 23 32 87
1958-59 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 59 14 17 31 54 7 0 1 1 7
NHL Totals 132 11 14 25 112


USHL Second All-Star Team (1951)
WHL Prairie Division First All-Star Team (1957, 1958)
Traded to NY Rangers by Cleveland (AHL) for Steve Kraftcheck and cash, June, 1953. Claimed by Chicago from NY Rangers (Brandon-WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957.