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Kluzak, Gord
Boston Bruins

GORD KLUZAK showed so much promise that he was drafted number one overall, claimed proudly by the Boston Bruins in 1982. That fall, KLUZAK made the Bruins' starting lineup, and played a positionally sound, aggressive defense. The next season, KLUZAK played in all 80 games, and not only was a rock on D, he added an offensive element to his game, scoring 10 goals and 27 assists. But the bottom fell out of KLUZAK's career. During a pre-season game in 1984, KLUZAK injured his knee so badly that he missed the entire 1984-85 season. When the 1985-86 season started, GORD KLUZAK's knee had healed and been rested, and he played 70 games in 1985-86. But once again, knee problems took KLUZAK out of the Bruins' lineup for the entire 1986-87 season. 1987-88 saw KLUZAK return to the Boston Bruins, and he was able to get into 66 games, in spite of a sore knee. But that was the last time KLUZAK would play regularly in the NHL. He missed the majority of the 1988-89 season recovering from his eighth knee surgery, playing just three games. In October 1989, KLUZAK had his tenth knee surgery, and he was able to play just eight games. For his determination and perseverance, GORD KLUZAK hobbled up to the stage to receive the MASTERTON TROPHY for 1989-90. KLUZAK gave the knee one more test in 1990-91, but after just two games, realized that the attempt was futile, and he retired.

Kluzak, Gord