Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Kirkpatrick
A man with a passport in one hand and a hockey bag in the other, Bob Kirkpatrick played the game far and wide, though in the end kept true to his Western roots. Noted for his quick acceleration and an ability to change gears depending on the game situation, Kirkpatrick first experienced success as a member of the Allan Cup-winning Prince Albert Mintos in 1935-36. From there he played in Britain, at Earl's Court with the Rangers, a country reveling in its 2-1 defeat of Canada at the Olympics just months earlier. Canadian-born players had stacked that team with British ancestry, and clearly England's desire to continue to import Canadian talent to the homeland was reaching its zenith.

Kirkpatrick returned to Canada after just one season to play senior hockey in Lethbridge, and finally, after a stint with the New York Rovers, he got his NHL chance when the Rangers played him for the '42-'43 season. He began as a third line forward, but an injury to Phil Watson forced coach Frank Boucher's hand and he moved the rookie to the top line with Bryan Hextall and Lynn Patrick. In the game of January 3, 1943, Kirkpatrick proved his worth. With the team trailing 3-1 in the third period, he scored twice to give his team an important come-from-behind point. Over the season, he scored a dozen times, but the Rangers failed to make the playoffs and Kirkpatrick joined the war.

He was stationed in Winnipeg, where he played for two years, and then finished his career in St. Paul, Minnesota and then back in Lethbridge, retiring for good in 1949.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1933-34 Regina Pats S-SJHL
1933-34 Regina Pats M-Cup 4 1 0 1 4
1934-35 Regina Aces S-SSHL 19 5 6 11 6 3 0 0 0 4
1935-36 Prince Albert Mintos N-SSHL 16 13 3 16 23 3 0 2 2 2
1935-36 Prince Albert Mintos Al-Cup 6 4 0 4 2
1936-37 Earls Court Royals Britain 30 21 51 26
1937-38 Lethbridge Maple Leafs WKHL 23 23 17 40 16 2 1 2 3 2
1938-39 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ASHL 31 21 36 57 36 7 7 7 14 7
1938-39 Lethbridge Maple Leafs Al-Cup 3 2 3 5 0
1939-40 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ASHL 22 14 15 29 6 2 0 3 3 0
1940-41 Flin Flon Bombers SSHL 32 14 10 24 6 3 4 2 6 0
1941-42 New York Rovers EAHL 59 34 43 77 26 7 4 5 9 5
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 49 12 12 24 6
1943-44 Winnipeg Army WNDHL 10 6 6 12 4
1944-45 Winnipeg Army WNDHL 3 2 1 3 0
1945-46 St. Paul Saints USHL 47 14 33 47 2 6 1 3 4 2
1946-47 St. Paul Saints USHL 52 15 22 37 8
1947-48 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ASHL 43 13 30 43 26 5 1 1 2 0
1948-49 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ASHL 48 17 26 43 8 3 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 49 12 12 24 6


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1942)
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