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Bronco Horvath

The Winston-Salem Polar Twins select

Bronco Horvath, C



This documentary on the Bruins' "Uke Line" demonstrates Horvath's powerful skating, smooth playmaking, and sharp release. It also gives us a window into his role as a vocal element in the locker room.

Awards
WHL First All-Star Team (1955)
AHL First All-Star Team (1957)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1960)
6th in Hart voting, 1960
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1960, 1961)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1964, 1965)


Scoring Finishes
Goals: 1, 5, 24, 32, 36
Assist: 7, 8, 24, 37, 46
Points: 2, 5, 24, 30, 37

Goals Per Game, 1957-1961
1. Bernie Geoffrion .58
2. Jean Beliveau .56
3. Dickie Moore .52
4. Bronco Horvath .45
5. Andy Bathgate .45
6. Gordie Howe .43

Points Per Game, 1957-1961
1. Jean Beliveau 1.27
2. Bernie Geoffrion 1.26
3. Dickie Moore 1.21
4. Andy Bathgate 1.15
5. Gordie Howe 1.12
6. Henri Richard 1.01
7. Bronco Horvath 0.95
8. Maurice Richard 0.88
9. Don McKenney 0.86
10. Norm Ullman 0.85


Regular Season
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1949-50 Grand Rapids Rockets EHL 5 6 1 7 12
1950-51 Springfield Indians AHL 43 12 26 38 37
1951-52 Syracuse Warriors AHL 50 12 36 48 56
1952-53 Syracuse Warriors AHL 52 19 40 59 44
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors AHL 46 21 39 60 54
1953-54 Springfield Indians QHL 19 11 14 25 25
1954-55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 67 50 60 110 71
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 17 29 40
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 7 1 2 3 4
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 56 37 44 81 39
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 67 30 36 66 71
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 45 19 20 39 58
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 68 39 41 80 60
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 47 15 15 30 15
1961-62 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 17 29 46 21
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 18 7 15 22 6
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 4 4 12
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 41 7 15 22 34
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 70 25 59 84 28
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 72 38 68 106 24
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 70 27 48 75 34
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 72 29 49 78 54
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 44 15 29 44 10
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 1 6 7 4
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 4 1 2 3 0
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 66 18 30 48 30
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 7 3 1 4 0
NHL Totals    434 141 185 326 319

NHL Playoffs
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS
1955-56 25 NYR NHL 5 1 2 3
1957-58 27 BOS NHL 12 5 3 8
1958-59 28 BOS NHL 7 2 3 5
1961-62 31 CBH NHL 12 4 1 5

- Horvath's 22-game scoring streak starting 12/27/1959 was the longest until Guy Lafleur in 1977.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Originally signed by the Detroit Red Wings, Bronco Horvath has the rare distinction of at one time or another being the property of all of the Original Six teams!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen 10/30/1959
Bronco Horvath may be one of the gabbiest players in the National Hockey League but he's also one of its most feared marksmen.
...
Horvath has a terrific wrist shot so Bucyk and Stasiuk dig out the puck and feed it to him.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen 1/9/1960
One of the greatest goals ever scored in the National Hockey League was undoubtedly the 17th netted by Bronco Joseph Horvath in his 19th game of the current season. It was at the Boston Gardens and he had battled through the entire Detroit team to out-manoeuvre the skilled Terry Sawchuk inside the goal crease.
Quote:
Originally Posted by St. Petersburg Times 3/21/1960
In an unexpected, dramatic finish, Bobby Hull of Chicago vaulted past Boston's Bronco Horvath to win the scoring championship
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Hull scored a goal and a winning assist to capture the title despite a dramatic return from the hospital by Horvath.
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Horvath had been hit in the face by the puck seconds before the first period ended. At that point he led Hull 80 to 79.

As he was being X-rayed at a nearby hospital, Hull scored. When the X-ray proved negative, Horvath raced back and played the final period. But it was Hull who got the tie-breaking point on an assist.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Windsor Star 1/23/1963
Horvath, by this time considerably slower but still one of the most apt men in the league near the opposition nets put in a fair season with the Hawks, scoring 46 points.
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The big question now is whether Horvath can overcome his lackadaisical back-checking habits, considered one of the reasons the Rangers put him on waivers.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Horvath wanted to stay in Minnesota, but the Leafs wouldn't sell his contract to the Stars.

"Crozier and Imlach (Toronto Maple Leaf management) were playing games. They wanted 5 players and $50,000 for me! I could have a had a good life in Minnesota," said Horvath be grudgingly. "That's not right. I wanted to be in the big leagues. But I learned every time I was in the minors. It was hard to come back. They control you. They tell you what you can do and what you can't do. No matter how good you are, they're going to stick you.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HHOF
Never shy about offering his opinion, Horvath was once quoted as saying "If Chief (Bucyk) hadn't got injured, I'd have shattered 50 goals. I'd love to be able to play hockey today with Bucyk and Stasiuk on the wings. I'd score over a 100 goals a year with the 80 game schedule."
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Horvath's second season in Boston was interrupted by a broken jaw which limited him to just 19 goals in 45 games. ... The "Ukes" were broken up [in 1962], due mostly to injuries. Horvath himself spent another injury plagued season in Boston, playing in just 47 games. ... Despite playing with a badly broken thumb, Horvath played well in 14 games with the Stars, collecting 1 goal and 7 points.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HF User GodBlessCanada
I think Horvath's good enough to be a top-line guy in the MLD, where his top-shelf skills match up well against the lesser defencemen, defensive forwards and goaltenders, and his deficiencies aren't exposed as much. raleh's a Horvath fan (I think), which is surprising since Horvath's far from the prototypical raleh-type. We had him on a line with Balon and Balfour in MLD 8, and we were thrilled with that line. Two speedy, skilled grinders to play with Bronco.

I think Bronco's talented enough to be in the ATD. And I think he would be an ATDer if he played post-expansion, when more jobs were available, and teams were more willing to be patient with a one-dimensional offensive player. Guys like Horvath didn't last long in the Original 6 era. Not when you had so many capable players waiting in the wings, wanting an NHL job. And that's why he bounced around so much. (He was the only player to have his rights owned by all six Original 6 teams - thanks to my best buddy for stumping me on that one so many years ago).

His peak and his skill level indicate he could be a bottom-end second line scoring centre, or a good third offensive line centre. But I don't think he'd be able to do what it takes to be an ATDer. Doesn't have the work ethic, the willingness to do the little things, etc, against the elite goalies, the elite defencemen, the elite checkers. And I don't think Horvath's fit to be a 13th forward. Doesn't have the character or the versatility.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HF User MS
Horvath was clearly an elite player from 1957-1961 or so. Top-5 in goals and points twice against a full-strength league during the Golden Era of the Original 6 NHL, one of the most competitive/least diluted points in league history. Unfortunately, he was injured for large portions of the 58-59 and 60-61 seasons or that stretch would look a lot better. Would have probably finished top-10 in scoring in '59 as well without missing 25 games due to injury.
Trades & Transactions

Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Dave Creighton for Billy Dea, Aggie Kukulowicz and cash, August 18, 1955.
Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers for cash, November 4, 1956.
Claimed by Boston from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1957.
Claimed by Chicago from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 13, 1961.
Claimed by NY Rangers from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1962.
Claimed on waivers by Toronto from NY Rangers, January 23, 1963.
Loaned to Minnesota by Toronto (Rochester - AHL) as injury replacement for Bill Masterton, January 21, 1968.
Returned to Toronto (Rochester-AHL) by Minnesota when trade negotiations failed, February 27, 1968.
Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968.

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