Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bronco Horvath
For the better part of 20 years Bronco Horvath played professional hockey in the NHL, AHL and WHL. After a successful junior career with the Galt Black Hawks, Horvath turned pro with Grand Rapids of the EAHL.

He had toiled in the minors for several years, wondering if he was ever going to get the chance at cracking the NHL. It was thanks to a strong season in 1954-55 with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL that his opportunity came about. In 67 games, Horvath potted 50 goals and 110 points. In the summer of 1955, Horvath and Dave Creighton were sent to the New York Rangers by the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Billy Dea, Aggie Kukulowicz and cash. Horvath suited up for 66 games with the Rangers in 1955-56, scoring 12 goals and 29 points.

During his long career, Horvath also made brief stops in Montreal and Toronto but is best remembered for his days as a Boston Bruin where he produced his best offensive numbers. Joseph "Bronco" Horvath centred Johnny Bucyk and Vic Stasiuk on the Boston Bruins' famed Uke line, so named for its players' Ukrainian heritage. The Uke Line combined for 174 points in 1957-58, as Horvath lead the Bruins with 30 goals and 66 points. He added five more goals in 12 playoff games as Boston advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to Montreal. Horvath missed the first 25 games of the 1958-59 season because of a broken jaw, but returned to score 19 goals in just 45 games. In 1959-60, Horvath battled Bobby Hull all season long for the NHL lead in goals and points. They tied at 39 goals, but Horvath lost the Art Ross Trophy by a single point, collecting 41 assists to Hull's 42. Horvath was named to the NHL Second All-Star team behind Jean Beliveau at centre that year. Never shy about offering his opinion, Horvath was once quoted as saying "If Chief (Bucyk) hadn't got injured, I'd have shattered 50 goals. I'd love to be able to play hockey today with Bucyk and Stasiuk on the wings. I'd score over a 100 goals a year with the 80 game schedule."

By the mid 1960s, Horvath had become a regular minor-leaguer with the Rochester Americans after becoming the property of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Expansion in 1967-68 gave Horvath one last crack at the NHL, when at the age of 37 he appeared in 14 games with the Minnesota North Stars. Horvath also had the distinction of being the property of each of the Original Six NHL clubs at one time or another.

Bronco retired in 1970 from Rochester and joined the Minnesota as a scout. Later he coached in the OHA for the London Knights, and in Cape Cod for semi-pro organization, from where he launched a successful cleaning business.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1948-49 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 33 22 18 40 45
1949-50 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 47 20 33 53 91
1949-50 Grand Rapids Rockets EAHL 5 6 1 7 12 6 2 6 8 8
1950-51 Springfield Indians AHL 43 12 26 38 37 2 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Syracuse Warriors AHL 50 12 36 48 56
1952-53 Syracuse Warriors AHL 52 19 40 59 44 4 0 0 0 2
1953-54 Springfield Indians QHL 19 11 14 25 25
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors AHL 46 21 39 60 54
1954-55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 67 50 60 110 71 9 7 4 11 12
1954-55 Edmonton Flyers Ed-Cup 7 5 3 8 28
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 17 29 40 5 1 2 3 4
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 7 1 2 3 4
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 56 37 44 81 39 10 6 7 13 14
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 67 30 36 66 71 12 5 3 8 8
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 45 19 20 39 58 7 2 3 5 0
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 68 39 41 80 60
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 47 15 15 30 15
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 17 29 46 21 12 4 1 5 6
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 41 7 15 22 34
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 4 4 12
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 18 7 15 22 6
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 70 25 59 84 28 2 0 0 0 2
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 72 38 68 106 24 10 4 5 9 16
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 70 27 48 75 34 12 3 7 10 22
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 72 29 49 78 54 12 2 7 9 2
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 4 1 2 3 0
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 44 15 29 44 10 10 0 7 7 0
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 1 6 7 4 -6
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 66 18 30 48 30
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 1 4 0
NHL Totals 434 141 185 326 319 36 12 9 21 18


WHL First All-Star Team (1955)
AHL First All-Star Team (1957)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1960)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1964, 1965) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1960, 1961)
Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Dave Creighton for Billy Dea, Aggie Kukulowicz and cash, August 18, 1955. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers for cash, November 4, 1956. Claimed by Boston from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1957. Claimed by Chicago from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961. Claimed by NY Rangers from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1962. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from NY Rangers, January 23, 1963. Loaned to Minnesota by Toronto (Rochester - AHL) as injury replacement for Bill Masterton, January 21, 1968. Returned to Toronto (Rochester-AHL) by Minnesota when trade negotiations failed, February 27, 1968. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968.
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