Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bud MacPherson
Defenceman James Albert "Bud" MacPherson used his 6'4", 200 lb. frame to thwart the opposition for parts of seven NHL seasons. He provided crisp passes to his forwards but was at his best when running into bodies in the defensive zone.

The Edmonton native learned the game in the city's minor hockey system before toiling briefly in the OHA with the Oshawa Generals. He enjoyed a solid year with the senior Edmonton Flyers in 1947-48 and was a physical force in the playoffs when the squad captured the Allan Cup. MacPherson played three games for the Montreal Canadiens the next season but spent most of his time in Edmonton.

The burly defender was a steady influence on the AHL's Cincinnati Mohawks in 1949-50 then joined the Habs' blueline brigade for five seasons. As a rookie, he helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals where they were scuttled by Bill Barilko's overtime heroics. Two years later, MacPherson provided sound defensive play for Montreal when the Canadiens knocked off the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.

By the mid-1950s, the veteran rearguard's playing time was decreased and he ended up spending the entire 1955-56 season with the senior Montreal Royals. MacPherson later competed for the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL and helped the AHL's Hershey Bears win the Calder Cup in 1959. He retired in 1960-61 after playing eleven games for the Flyers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Edmonton Maple Leafs AJHL
1944-45 Edmonton Canadians EJrHL
1945-46 Edmonton Canadians EJrHL
1946-47 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 11 1 0 1 8 2 0 1 1 7
1947-48 Edmonton Flyers ASHL 37 8 11 19 21 10 0 0 0 41
1947-48 Edmonton Flyers Al-Cup 14 3 3 6 26
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1948-49 Edmonton Flyers WCSHL 44 5 17 22 65 9 0 3 3 10
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 41 2 9 11 38
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 0 16 16 40 11 0 2 2 8
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 6 0 0 0 10
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 2 1 3 24 11 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 2 3 5 67 4 0 1 1 9
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 0 5 5 41 3 0 0 0 4
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 5 0 2 2 12
1953-54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 8 0 1 1 6
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 1 8 9 55
1955-56 Montreal Royals QHL 31 2 9 11 63 13 2 1 3 30
1955-56 Montreal Royals Ed-Cup 6 0 1 1 2
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 0 0 0 4
1956-57 Montreal Royals QHL 46 3 10 13 53 4 0 1 1 4
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 3 3 12
1957-58 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 5 22 27 57 5 0 1 1 4
1958-59 Edmonton Flyers WHL 63 3 13 16 54 3 1 1 2 12
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 10 0 2 2 6
1959-60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 62 7 12 19 20 4 0 1 1 4
1960-61 Edmonton Flyers WHL 11 0 1 1 8
NHL Totals 259 5 33 38 233 29 0 3 3 21


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1953) Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Ken Mosdell for $30,000 with Montreal holding right of recall, May 17, 1956.
Returned to Montreal by Chicago after training camp, October 10, 1956. Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Gene Achtymichuk and Claude Laforge for cash, June 3, 1958.