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WALT BUSWELL (1935-1940)

Walt
Buswell

1952-1963
Position D
Shoots L
Weight 170lbs
Height 5'11"
Date of birth November 6th, 1907
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Deceased on October 16th, 1991
Seasons - MTL 5
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 228 6 31 37 0 108
1935-1936 44 0 2 2 0 34
1936-1937 44 0 4 4 0 30
1937-1938 48 2 15 17 0 24
1938-1939 46 3 7 10 0 10
1939-1940 46 1 3 4 0 10
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 11 2 0 2 0 4
1936-1937 5 0 0 0 0 2
1937-1938 3 0 0 0 0 0
1938-1939 3 2 0 2 0 2

DEFENSEMAN WALTER BUSWELL WAS AS STEADY AND RELIABLE AS THEY COME, MISSING JUST 12 GAMES IN FIVE SEASON IN MONTREAL.

Walter Buswell’s five years in Montreal saw the team go through many transitions. Five coaches and three general managers came and went, but Buswell remained unaffected by the off-ice changes, always the model of consistency for the club. He was rewarded for his efforts with the captaincy at the outset of the 1939-40 campaign, his last in the NHL.

A native Montrealer, Buswell was born in 1907 and played for a number of local amateur teams during his youth. His first games as a pro were as a member of the American Hockey Association’s Chicago Shamrocks in 1931-32. The team, owned by James Norris, was merged with the NHL’s Detroit franchise and renamed the Red Wings the following season.

A steady and reliable defenseman, Buswell spent his first three NHL campaigns on the Detroit blue line before being traded to the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1935. His stint as a Bruin would be short-lived as two days after being acquired, Art Ross flipped Buswell over to the Canadiens along with Jean Pusie in exchange for Roger Jenkins, where he enjoyed the last five years of his NHL career.

Back in his hometown, Buswell continued his solid, if unspectacular, play. He was at his best in his own end, where he used brains rather than brawn to defend his territory. A strong skater with a long reach, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was also one of the more durable rearguards on the team, missing only a dozen games in his years with Montreal.

The Habs finished in last place the season Buswell joined the team but rebounded to finish atop the Canadian Division in 1936-37. He had a career year on the scoresheet in 1937-38, picking up 17 points. In 1938-39, he scored a career-best three regular season goals and added a pair in the playoffs, tops on the team that spring.

After a year with the Joliette Cyclones of the Quebec Senior Hockey League, Buswell retired to St. Eustache where he died in 1991. A local sports complex now bears his name.