Goalie Richard Bittner played just one NHL game, but it certainly did not prevent him from enjoying a lengthy pro career spanning 20 years. It all began in 1943 in the EAHL where he tended goal for both the New Haven Eagles and the Brooklyn Crescents.
After toiling in the minors with various clubs for the next six years he was called up as an injury replacement for the Boston Bruins. Bittner, who was tending goal for the Boston Olympics at the time, took over for Bruins' starter Jack Gelineau. In his one and only NHL performance he and the Bruins tied the Montreal Canadiens 3-3 on February 12, 1950.
Bittner continued to play occasionally for the next five years before changing jobs, taking on the role of referee between 1955 and 1961. He made a very brief return to playing in 1962, playing one game with the Minneapolis Millers and a game with the St. Paul Saints.