Bruce Affleck was a highly recruited junior hockey player that ended up playing NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Denver. At a time when it was still very rare for college players to be noticed by NHL scouts, Affleck was drafted 21st overall by the California Golden Seals in 1974.
Before donning an NHL sweater for the Seals, he spent part of a season with their Central Hockey League affiliate in Salt Lake. Then, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. Bruce Affleck made the Blues’ full time roster for the 1975-1976 season and was put to work as a puck moving defenseman. The Blues were unsuccessful in the next few seasons and Affleck was sold to the Vancouver Canucks in 1979. He spent most of the rest of his North American career in the CHL for Vancouver and the New York Islanders’ farm teams. While in the CHL he was recognized twice as that league’s top defenseman and once as the CHL MVP.
The mobile defenseman finished his professional career in Switzerland, retiring in 1986.
You can see Bruce Affleck and the rest of the NHL Alumni take on members of the Hagerstown Adult Hockey League for the benefit of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex and Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association on September 25th at 5:00pm. Click here for more details.