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Bob Gracie, C/LW



- 5'9", 155 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1932, 1935)
- Stanley Cup Finalists (1933)
- Top-20 in assists twice (3rd, 14th)
- Top-30 in points 3 times (6th, 23rd, 27th)
- 9th in playoff scoring (1932)
- Best percentage scores by seventies system: 80, 63, 62, 50, 45, 42
- AHL Scoring Title (1945)

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Originally Posted by loh.net
Forward Bob Gracie played nearly 400 NHL games for six different clubs in the 30s. He was a fine playmaker and scorer who also played responsible defence.

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Gracie began his amateur hockey career in the NOHA with the local Trappers and the Kirkland Lake Lakers. He then moved on to the West Toronto Nationals and the Toronto Marlboros. Late in the 1930-31 season, Gracie impressed with four goals during an eight game NHL trial with the Maple Leafs. The next year he scored 13 goals while playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Harold Darragh. That spring he scored three post-season markers while helping the franchise win its first Stanley Cup as the Maple Leafs.
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Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Bob Gracie was a arrogant, cocky person who rubbed many people the wrong way. That's probably why he moved all over the hockey map in his career. But he was also a talented goal scorer and playmaker. Though his NHL numbers never stood out like they did in the juniors and minors, Gracie was a consistent scoring threat in his day.

Gracie started his career with the Toronto Maples Leafs in 1930-31, but he also played with the Boston Bruins, New York Americans, Montreal Maroons, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks. He also served with several teams in the AHL and PCHL before his career was done by the close of the 1940s.

One hockey story, which may be more legend than fact, has Gracie calling his own goal in a sudden death overtime with the Leafs against the Maroons. Gracie had been sitting on the bench for most of the extra period when Toronto coach Dick Irvin finally dispatched Gracie over the boards with about 3 minutes left in the period. Gracie supposedly skated over to the official scorers bench and said "Get a pencil. Write these words - Goal by Gracie." The scorer smiled but was less than impressed. But sure enough, Gracie took a pass from Andy Blair and fired the winning goal!

In 379 NHL games he scored 82 goals and 191 points. His best season may have come in 1934-35 when he joined the Montreal Maroons. Playing on a line with Herb Cain and Gus Marker, Gracie helped the Maroons win the Stanley Cup.
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Originally Posted by Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL
In 1937, there was no doubt that Bob Gracie was the fastest skater in the NHL
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Originally Posted by Border Cities Star, February 1, 1932
The spectacular speed of youthful Bob Gracie and the deadly accuracy of Frank Finnigan featured the Leafs' victory.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, April 4, 1932
BOB GRACIE'S OVERTIME GOAL PUTS TORONTO TEAM IN FINALS - ...overshadowing all else in the Leafs' victory was the performance of Hap Day, sterling defense player, and young Bob Gracie, fast-skating left winger.
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Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, January 13, 1938
Robert Gracie featured the fray by skating so fast his hips were scraping.

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