Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pentti Lund
Although born in Finland, Pentii Lund played his junior hockey with the Port Arthur West-Enders and the Port Arthur Navy team from 1942 to 1945. During his two seasons with the navy club, he led the league in scoring.

He turned pro in 1945-46 with the Boston Olympics of the EHL. During the playoffs of that year he scored 15 points in only nine games. During his second year as an Olympic he led the league in scoring as well.

In 1947-48, he graduated to the AHL where he skated for the Hershey Bears. He put up very solid numbers over the course of the regular season and was rewarded with an appearance in two Boston Bruin playoff games. During the off-season, however, Lund was traded to the New York Rangers. There, he got his NHL career off to a great start by winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie on the strength of his 30 points in 59 games and thus becoming the first Finnish-born player to score a goal in the NHL.

In his second Ranger campaign, he saved his best for the playoffs, pumping home a remarkable six goals and five assists in 12 matches. Lund stayed on with the Rangers through the end of the 1950-51 campaign. His offensive numbers slipped, however, and, as a result, he was traded back to Boston.

As a Bruin again, the most defining moment of his career occurred early in the 1951-52 season. Some suggest that the superstitiously prone number 13 played a role. The date was November 13 and it was the 13th game of the season for the Bruins. On that night, he and his mates went up against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Clare Martin, a Hawk blueliner had a habit of clearing his zone by backhanding the puck with a strong upward motion. Lund came over the blueline and got too close to Martin's stick, catching the blade in the right eye. The blow was so severe he lost almost all of his sight on the right side. He was sidelined for three months, but, remarkably, he staged a comeback to complete the season. He also made the team for the following year and managed to pot 17 points with only one eye.

After the close of the 1952-53 campaign, Lund was traded to the Victoria Cougars. But instead of reporting to the West Coast, he decided to reclaim his amateur status with a senior club in Sault Ste. Marie. He skated with the club for two seasons before retiring in 1955.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 9 5 11 16 4 3 3 3 6 5
1942-43 Fort William Forts M-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Port Arthur Navy TBJHL 10 21 24 45 10 2 3 2 5 0
1943-44 Port Arthur Navy M-Cup 2 3 2 5 0
1943-44 Port Arthur Flyers M-Cup 7 1 3 4 0
1944-45 Port Arthur Navy TBJHL 9 26 9 35 9
1944-45 Port Arthur Bruins M-Cup 5 5 2 7 0
1945-46 Boston Olympics EAHL 34 14 19 33 10 12 13 6 19 7
1946-47 Boston Olympics EAHL 56 49 43 92 21 9 7 8 15 4
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 68 26 36 62 21 2 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 59 14 16 30 16
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 64 18 9 27 16 12 6 5 11 0
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 59 4 16 20 6
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 23 0 5 5 0 2 1 0 1 0
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 7 1 1 2 5
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 54 8 9 17 2 2 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 6 1 2 3 0 9 1 1 2 0
1954-55 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 48 13 18 31 9 14 2 5 7 4
NHL Totals 259 44 55 99 40 19 7 5 12 0


EAHL First All-Star Team (1947)
John Carlin Trophy (EAHL - Top Scorer) (1947)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1949)
Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with Ray Manson to complete transaction that sent Grant Warwick to Boston (February 6, 1948), June, 1948. Rights traded to Boston by NY Rangers with Gus Kyle and cash for Paul Ronty, September 20, 1951. Traded to Victoria (WHL) by Boston with Sam Bettio for cash, July 1, 1953.
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