1970 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
1 13
Bob Stewart
Selected by Boston from Oshawa (OHA)
Boston Bruins Oshawa Generals
Bob Stewart

6-foot-1, 195 pounds

Left-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Oshawa OHA 50 2 11 13 172
1968-69Oshawa OHA 52 7 32 39 226
1969-70 Oshawa OHA 44 11 24 35 159

Pre-Draft Notes

1969-70 OHA All-Star First Team with Oshawa. ... Oshawa Captain in 1969-70.
Canadian • Born November 10, 1950 in Charlottetown, PEI • Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI

Career Vitals

First contract: 1970
Debut: October 10, 1971
(Boston vs. New York)
Final NHL game: April 14, 1980 (playoffs)
(Pittsburgh at Boston)
Retired: 1980
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 28, 24 (Boston);
6, 4 (California/Cleveland);
2 (St. Louis); 8 (Pittsburgh)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Boston, California/Cleveland, St. Louis, Pittsburgh
Years: 1971-1980. Playoffs: 1980

Regular Season
9 years 575 27 101 128 809
Stanley Cup Playoffs
1 year 5 1 1 2 2
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Played 39 games for 1971-72 Boston Braves team that went on to win AHL regular-season title. ... Played eight regular-season games for 1971-72 Boston team that went on to win Stanley Cup, but was traded to California before playoffs. ... Led California with 181 penalty minutes in 1972-73. ... Led California with 69 penalty minutes in 1973-74. ... Served as California alternate captain in 1974-75 season. ... Named California captain in November 1975 after Jim Neilson was injured and remained in position through 1975-76 season. ... Became one of first co-captains in Cleveland Barons NHL history when officially appointed to wear the "C" along with Neilson in September 1976, and remained in that position through 1976-77 season. ... Inducted into Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Transaction History

Feb. 23, 1972 -- Traded by Boston with Reggie Leach and Rick Smith to California in exchange for Carol Vadnais and Don O'Donoghue. June 15, 1978 -- Left unprotected by later claimed as a fill-in by Minnesota when another player was taken off North Stars roster during Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft. June 15, 1978 -- Traded by Minnesota to St. Louis in exchange for St. Louis' choice of 1980 or 1981 second-round pick (1981, Jali Wahlsten) and future considerations (Minnesota sent Harvey Bennett Jr. to St. Louis on Aug. 28, 1978, in exchange for assurance that it would get the pick in 1981). Nov. 13, 1979 -- Traded by St. Louis to Pittsburgh for Blair Chapman.

Significant Injuries

Missed part of 1973-74 season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during California's Dec. 23, 1973, game vs. Minnesota. He did not return until California's Feb. 8, 1974, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed remainder (15 games) of 1974-75 season with torn ligaments and broken bone in right knee, suffered during California's March 5, 1975, game vs. Chicago. The injury required season-ending surgery. ... Had off-season surgery on his right knee in the summer of 1976. ... Missed two games during 1977-78 season with partially torn ligaments in right knee, an injury suffered during Cleveland's Nov. 23, 1977, game vs. Montreal.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Robert Harold Stewart
Nickname: "Stewie"
Also Known as: Bobby Stewart

Other Post-Draft Teams: Oklahoma City (CHL); Boston (AHL)


Selected by Alberta Oilers in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Grew up in Charlottetown, PEI, where his father was a local family doctor. Recruited by four OHA teams off roster of 1966-67 Rogers Rangers in Charlottetown. Worked at Bay Area hockey schools during off-seasons of his playing days in California.
Was playing for California when team relocated to Cleveland on Aug. 26, 1976. Represented Barons players as NHLPA and NHL worked on bailout loan for team in 1977. Was member of Cleveland Barons team that folded an merged with Minnesota in 1978 Due to playing on bad teams, he retired with the worst plus-minus rating (-260) in NHL history.
Total Selected: 115
Forwards: 67
Defense: 36
Goaltenders: 12
Major Junior: 87
College Players: 18
Canadian: 109
Euro-Canadian: 0
American: 6
European: 0
Reached NHL: 62
Won Stanley Cup: 12
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 11
Year-end All-Star: 4
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 13


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