Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Creighton
Dave Creighton had a 21-year professional hockey career, including 12 seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Rangers.

As an 18-year-old, Creighton led his hometown Port Arthur Bruins to the Memorial Cup championship in 1948. Later that calendar year, he appeared in 12 games with the Boston Bruins as well as 49 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he had 37 points. In 1949-50, Creighton earned a full-time roster spot with the Bruins, appearing in 64 games with the Bruins, scoring 18 goals and 31 points.

Creighton had three 20-goal seasons, two with the Bruins and one in New York with the Rangers. The 20-goal season in New York in 1955-56 also produced 51 points, the best of any of his 12 years in the league. He and his son Adam also hold a unique distinction in that both were members of Memorial Cup winning teams. Son Adam turned the trick in 1984 with the Ottawa Senators.

In what he calls the highlight of his pro hockey career, Creighton names the 1953 Stanley Cup semifinal against Detroit as standing out most vividly in his mind. "The Wings had finished first and they had Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel and Red Kelly and Marcel Pronovost on defense," he recalled. "They beat us 7-0 in the first game and Bruin coach Lynn Patrick told us that the single players on the team wouldn't get any tickets once the series moved back to Boston, and I was angry because I had promised some of our girlfriends and I went out in the second game and scored two goals and we beat them 5-3 and eventually won the series in six games.

If Dave Creighton had a dislike for the Montreal Canadiens it would seem somewhat warranted. He played for two Maple Leaf teams and that one Bruins' team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, only to be defeated each time by the Canadiens.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 6 8 7 15 2 4 5 3 8 0
1946-47 Fort William K of C M-Cup 4 1 0 1 10
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 9 19 12 31 4 5 5 4 9 4
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins M-Cup 17 21 15 36 16
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 12 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 49 19 18 37 12
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 64 18 13 31 13
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 56 5 4 9 4 5 0 1 1 0
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 11 2 5 7 0
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 49 20 17 37 18 7 2 1 3 2
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 19 9 15 24 4
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 45 8 8 16 14 11 4 5 9 10
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 69 20 20 40 27 4 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 2 1 3 8
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 7 7 14 6
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 70 20 31 51 43 5 0 0 0 4
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 70 18 21 39 42 5 2 2 4 2
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 17 35 52 40 6 3 3 6 2
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 3 9 12 4 5 0 1 1 0
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 33 14 17 31 46 5 1 3 4 4
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 1 5 6 4
1959-60 Rochester Americans AHL 58 25 34 59 30 12 3 3 6 10
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 71 30 42 72 31
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 68 21 48 69 54 11 2 6 8 4
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 71 24 48 72 14 3 1 2 3 25
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 72 17 25 42 20
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 62 23 28 51 10 5 2 2 4 6
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 14 3 2 5 2
1965-66 Providence Reds AHL 56 16 37 53 14
1966-67 Providence Reds AHL 72 22 42 64 63
1967-68 Providence Reds AHL 72 22 53 75 54 8 6 2 8 0
1968-69 Providence Reds AHL 72 11 20 31 36 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 616 140 174 314 223 51 11 13 24 20


Father of Adam
AHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1968) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 5, 1948. Traded to Toronto by Boston for Fern Flaman, July 20, 1954. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for cash, November 16, 1954. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Jerry Toppazzini, John McCormack and Gord Hollingworth for Tony Leswick, Johnny Wilson, Glen Skov and Benny Woit, May 27, 1955. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Bronco Horvath for Billy Dea, Aggie Kukulowicz and cash, August 18, 1955. Claimed by Montreal from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 3, 1958. Claimed by Toronto from Montreal on waivers, September 25, 1958. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Toronto for Dick Gamble, June, 1961. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Buffalo (AHL) for cash, July, 1961. Traded to Providence (AHL) by Baltimore (AHL) for Ed MacQueen, November 26, 1965.
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