Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Baz Bastien
Baz Bastien was a promising Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender whose career was ended when he was hit in the eye on the first day of training camp in 1949. Bastien had arrived in Toronto in 1940 from Timmins to play for the Marlies.

Bastien won the OHA title for the Marlies in 1941 before spending three years in the Canadian army. When he returned he made his NHL debut on opening night of the 1945-46 season for the Maple Leafs. He lasted five games before being sent to the Pittsburgh Hornets in the AHL, where he played for the next four years, the victim of Turk Broda's playoff heroics in the Toronto net.

Bastien lost sight in his eye after it was hit directly by a puck, the third or fourth he faced at the team's first practice in Welland, Ontario. He stayed with the Hornet organization, becoming the head coach in 1950 and winning three AHL championships with the team. After running AHL franchises in Hershey and again in Pittsburgh, he served for ten years as Sid Abel's assistant general manager in Kansas City and in Detroit with the Red Wings. Bastien returned to Pittsburgh in 1977 when he made the Penguins general manager.

Six years later, Bastien, on his way home from a dinner sponsored by the Penguins, was driving 80 m.ph. and had a blood-alcohol level of .26 the states legal limit was .1 when his car rammed a motorcycle carrying two people, both of whom miraculously escaped serious injuries. Bastien died half an hour after the early-morning crash, succumbing to a combination of a fractured skull and a heart attack.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1938-39 North Bay Trappers NOJHA
1938-39 North Bay Trappers M-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 5.14
1939-40 Port Colborne Sailors OHA-Sr. 17 12 5 0 2 2.74 4 1 3 0 0 5.75
1939-40 Atlantic City Sea Gulls EAHL 2 0 2.67 2 1 1 0 0 4.50
1940-41 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 15 10 4 0 1 2.36 11 8 3 0 1 1.69
1940-41 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 9 3 4 0 1 2.76
1941-42 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 28 13 11 4 1 2.79 6 2 4 0 0 2.76
1942-43 Cornwall Army QSHL 30 4 3.31 6 2 4 0 0 3.61
1943-44
1944-45
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 4 1 0 4.00
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 38 16 15 7 1 3.79 6 3 3 0 0 3.12
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 40 23 12 5 7 2.60 12 7 5 0 1 2.42
1946-47 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 22 5 1.50
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 68 38 18 12 5 2.50 2 0 2 0 0 2.77
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 68 39 19 10 6 2.57
NHL Totals 5 0 4 1 0 4.00


AHL First All-Star Team (1947, 1948, 1949)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1948, 1949)
Suffered career-ending eye injury in training camp, September 19, 1949.