Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean Pusie
Jean Pusie was the great travelling comedian of professional hockey. Between 1929 and 1943, he played for 21 different teams?not counting return engagements. He was a big defenseman with little talent who often got himself into trouble by stirring up the fans and puzzling his teammates and opponents with his antics.

After a tryout with the Monteal Canadiens in 1930, he was sent to London, Ontario to improve his limited skills. The rap on Pusie was his tendency to take too long to get his shots away and his inability to take his eyes off the puck when he skated.

In London, however, fans were more preoccupied with his behaviour than his stickhandling. One night, on a breakaway, he fired a sizzler that took the opposing goalies' glove right off of his hand and into the net for a score. Before the goalie could move, Pusie dove into the net, secured the glove and presented it to the befuddled goalkeeper accompanied by a low bow.

Years later, after having played a total of ten games with the Canadiens, Pusie found himself playing for Regina where, one night his team was winning 18-0 and he had scored all of the goals. After having led the WCHL in scoring with Regina-Vancouver, the New York Rangers purchased Pusie's services. But as in Montreal, he played poorly at the NHL level and was sold to the Boston Bruins after only 19 games in Broadway Blue.

In Boston, Pusie continued his trend of big-league ineptitude accentuated by outlandish behaviour. He lasted only eight games in Beantown before being dispatched to the minors. In 1935-36, he got one final run with the Canadiens, lasting 31 games until his antics wore too thin to be tolerated. He was sent to the minors for good where he continued his cheeky play across North America, making stops in Providence, Cleveland, St.Louis, Vancouver, Seattle and Montreal. He finally packed in his show in 1943.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1927-28 Montreal-Rousseau High-QC
1928-29 Montreal Nationale MCBHL
1929-30 Verdun CPR MMRHL
1929-30 Montreal Northern Electirc MTRHL
1929-30 London Panthers IHL 11 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 2
1930-31 Galt Terriers OPHL 22 16 8 24 29 2 0 1 1 0
1930-31 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Detroit Olympics IHL 4 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 14 0 4 4 8
1931-32 Trois-Rivieres Renards ECHL 14 5 2 7 24
1932-33 Quebec Castors Can-Am 1 0 1 1 0
1932-33 Regina<196>Vancouver Maroons WCHL 30 30 22 52 31 2 0 1 1 0
1933-34 New York Rangers NHL 19 0 2 2 17
1933-34 London Tecumsehs IHL 26 6 6 12 47 6 3 2 5 2
1934-35 Boston Bruins NHL 4 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0
1934-35 Boston Cubs Can-Am 34 14 13 27 59
1935-36 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 0 2 2 11
1935-36 Boston Cubs Can-Am 16 4 5 9 18
1936-37 Providence Reds IAHL 29 5 8 13 39 2 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Cleveland Barons IAHL 39 0 6 6 13 2 1 1 2 0
1938-39 St. Louis Flyers AHA 35 18 12 30 60 5 2 2 4 16
1939-40 Vancouver Lions PCHL 30 13 12 25 85
1940-41 Seattle Olympics PCHL 28 10 13 23 48
1941-42 St. Louis Flyers AHA 35 9 12 21 19
1942-43 Montreal Locomotive MCHL
1943-44 Montreal Army MCHL 6 0 2 2 12 2 0 1 1 2
1944-45 Montreal NDG Monarchs MCHL
1945-46
1946-47 Verdun Eagles QPHL 6 3 4 7 0
NHL Totals 61 1 4 5 28 7 0 0 0 0


Signed as a free agent by Montreal, February 4, 1930. Loaned to Providence (Can-Am) by Montreal with the trade of Gerry Carson and cash for Johnny Gagnon, October 21, 1930. Loan transferred to Galt (OPHL) by Montreal for cash, October 30, 1930. Signed as a free agent by Regina (WCHL) after being released by Quebec (Can-Am), November 16, 1932. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver (WCHL) for cash, March 11, 1933. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Percy Jackson, November 1, 1934. Traded to Montreal by Boston with Walt Buswell and cash for Roger Jenkins, July 13, 1935. Traded to Boston (Can-Am) by Montreal for cash, February 9, 1936. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis (AHA), September 24, 1938. Traded to Vancouver (PCHL) by St. Louis (AHA) for cash, October 11, 1939. Suspended by PCHA after leaving Vancouver late in the season. Re-instated by PCHA on November 5, 1940. Signed as a free agent by Seattle (PCHA), November 8, 1940. Suspended by Seattle (PCHA), February 3, 1941. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis (AHA). Traded to Fort Worth (AHA) by St. Louis (AHA) for Andre Maloney and cash, February 12, 1942.