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Punch Broadbent
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Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
183 lb (83 kg)
Teams Ottawa Senators
Montreal Maroons
New York Americans
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 13, 1892,
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died March 5,1971 (Age: 78),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1912 – 1929
Hall of Fame, 1962

Harry Lawton "Punch" Broadbent (July 13 1892 - March 5, 1971) was an professional for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons and the New York Americans, and generally regarded as one of the first true power forwards in National Hockey League (NHL) history.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Ottawa, Canada. Broadbent married Leda Fitzimmons and had one daughter, Sally Ann Broadbent.

Playing careerEdit

The rangy right winger started his professional career with the Ottawa Senators, then of the National Hockey Association (NHA) before World War I, being paired on a line with Jack Darragh. He was seventh in the league in scoring his rookie year of 1913, and while hobbled with injuries the next, was fourth in scoring the following year. He scored a hat trick in the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915 before going to the war for three and a half years.

After resuming his career and teamed with great forwards Frank Nighbor and Cy Denneny, he starred for the Senators (which in the interim had joined the NHL) for six more seasons, playing for three Stanley Cup champions. Though he was a holdout for most of the 1921 season, Broadbent came back strong to win the league scoring title in 1922. He also set a mark that season by scoring goals in an incredible sixteen consecutive games. The streak began during a 10-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens on Christmas Eve and lasted through to a 6-6 tie with Canadiens on February 15. As of 2008, it is still the NHL record.

In 1925, along with veteran teammate Clint Benedict, Broadbent was sold by Ottawa to the expansion Montreal Maroons. Broadbent was the Maroons' leading scorer that first season, including in his feats a five goal game against the Hamilton Tigers. In his second season with the Maroons, the team won its first Stanley Cup championship against the Victoria Cougars. He was traded back to the Senators in 1928 with cash for star Hooley Smith, but by that time Broadbent's starring days were through. He played out the string for the Americans in 1929 and retired after that season.

Broadbent finished his career with 172 goals and 58 assists in 360 professional games. After his career he coached for several years in the Ottawa City Senior League, winning the championship in 1933 with the Ottawa Rideaus. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1912–13 Ottawa Senators NHA 18 20 2 22 15 -- -- -- -- --
1913–14 Ottawa Senators NHA 17 6 7 13 61 -- -- -- -- --
1914–15 Ottawa Senators NHA 20 24 3 27 115 2 0 0 0 --
1915 Ottawa Senators St. Cup -- -- -- -- -- 3 3 0 3 --
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 8 4 2 6 12 5 2 3 5 28
1919–20 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 19 4 23 39 4 0 0 0 3
1920 Ottawa Senators St. Cup -- -- -- -- -- 4 0 0 0 3
1920–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 4 1 5 6 2 0 2 2 4
1921 Ottawa Senators St. Cup -- -- -- -- -- 4 2 0 2 0
1921–22 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 32 14 46 24 2 0 1 1 8
1922–23 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 14 0 14 32 2 0 0 0 2
1923 Ottawa Senators St. Cup -- -- - -- -- 6 6 1 7 12
1923–24 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 9 4 13 44 2 0 0 0 2
1924–25 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 15 4 19 75 -- -- -- -- --
1925–26 Montreal Maroons NHL 36 12 5 17 112 4 2 1 3 14
1926 Montreal Maroons St. Cup -- -- -- -- -- 4 1 0 1 20
1926–27 Montreal Maroons NHL 42 9 5 14 88 2 0 0 0 0
1927–28 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 3 2 5 62 2 0 0 0 0
1928–29 New York Americans NHL 44 1 4 5 59 2 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 302 122 45 167 553 45 13 8 21 98

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Consecutive goal-scoring streak: 16 consecutive games
  • NHL scoring leader: 1922
  • Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962

TransactionsEdit

  • January 21, 1919 - Signed as a free agent by Ottawa Senators.
  • December 30, 1920 - Rights transferred to Hamilton Tigers from Ottawa Senators by NHL with Sprague Cleghorn. Both Broadbent and Cleghorn refused to report.
  • January 4, 1921 - Rights traded to Montreal Canadiens by Hamilton Tigers for cash. Broadbent refused to report.
  • February 21, 1921 - Rights returned to Ottawa Senators by NHL.
  • October 20, 1924 - Traded to Montreal Maroons by Ottawa Senators with Clint Benedict for cash.
  • October 7, 1927 - Traded to Ottawa Senators by Montreal Maroons with $22,500 for Hooley Smith.
  • October 15, 1928 - Traded to New York Americans by Ottawa Senators for $10,000.
  • January 1, 1929 - Fined $25 by NHL for trying to start a fight in the penalty box during game with Montreal Canadiens.
  • October 31, 1929 - Officially announced retirement.



Preceded by
New creation
Montreal Maroons captains
1924–25
Succeeded by
Dunc Munro
Preceded by
Newsy Lalonde
NHL Scoring Champion
1922
Succeeded by
Babe Dye


Montreal Maroons captains
Broadbent | Munro | Stewart | Smith | Conacher | Evans

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