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D Bill Brydge



Offense, defense, physical play, backed up with All-star votes, just not quite enough to make the 2nd team. What more can you ask for at this level?

- 5'9", 195 lbs
- Allan Cup (1925, 1926)
- "3rd" Team NHL All-Star (1933)
- 4th, 6th, 10th in points by defensemen (1932, 1933, 1934)
- 10th- highest scoring D-man throughout his career (northcott is not a defenseman) - everyone else in the top-17 on this list is picked

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Originally Posted by loh.net
Bill Brydge was a stocky defenceman who played the body but could also move the puck up ice effectively. Most of his nine-year career was spent on the New York Americans' defensive brigade in the 1920s and '30s.

Born in Renfrew, Ontario, Brydge excelled in the NOHA with Iroquois Falls Paper for two years before joining the senior Port Arthur Bearcats in 1923-24. He spent three years on the club and helped it win consecutive Allan Cups in 1925 and 1926. In 1926-27, Brydge played 41 games in the NHL for Toronto the first year the franchise was known as the Maple Leafs.

Brydge spent the 1927-28 season in the Can Pro League with the Detroit Olympics then played most of the next season in the Motor City with the NHL's Cougars. In November 1929, the solid defender was traded to the New York Americans for $5,000. Brydge found a home in the "red, white and blue" and was a fixture on the club's defence for six and a half years. His steady play was one of the few bright lights for a franchise that was a perennial outsider when the playoffs began. Brydge retired after playing 21 games for New York in 1935-36.
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Originally Posted by Players: the Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Everyone Who Has Played in the NHL
Feared for his open-ice body checks
Brydge was often a standout player:

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Originally Posted by NY Times, 1/10/1934
The greatly improved NY Americans, aided by the sensational defensive play of their goalie, Roy Worters, and Bill Brydge, tonight topped the Boston Bruins, 2-1.

Brydge's poke-checking aided Worters considerably.
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Originally Posted by NY Times, 3/8/1933
Not until Red Dutton and Bill Brydge, the Americans' star defensemen, were penalized, did the Flying Frenchmen display any concentrated aggressiveness.

Bill brydge's all-around play was one of the features of the battle.
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Originally Posted by NY Times, 1/27/1932
One man not to be overlooked is Bill Brydge, the redoubtable defenseman, who came in for his share of glory when he tallied New York's second counter.
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Originally Posted by NY Times, 1/18/1933
AMERICANS DOWN TORONTO SIX, 3-1 - Brydge Is Pace Setter: Led by the sturdy Bill Brydge, who figured twice in the scoring, the spangled stick wielders rarely hesitated to carry the play to the Leafs when the occasion presented, nor did they show any signs of becoming disorganized when the visitors trained a heavy fire upon their cage...
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Originally Posted by NY Times, 1/12/1934
Early in the battle, the visitors had the edge, crossing New York's line frequently and sending many hard shots toward the cage. But Red Dutton and Bill Brydge were extremely vigilant and covered many of the Leafs' sizzling shots.
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Originally Posted by NY Times, 12/14/1932
The bulk of the Spangled Sextet's defense was borne by Bill Brydge, who interrupted numerous Ottawa charges and who also took part in many of the Americans' charges.

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