Bud Poile

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Bud Poile
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1990
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Born(1924-02-10)February 10, 1924
Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Died January 4, 2005(2005-01-04) (aged 80)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Playing career 19421954

Norman Robert "Bud" Poile (February 10, 1924 – January 4, 2005) was a professional ice hockey player, coach, general manager, and league executive. Bud is the brother of Don Poile, and the father of David Poile.

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Donald Bruce Poile is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 66 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings. Despite his brief career in the NHL, Poile had a successful minor league career with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL. He was born in Fort William, Ontario, and is the brother of Hall of Famer Bud Poile.

David Poile is the President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the NHL's Nashville Predators. He is the son of the former NHL hockey player, coach and executive Bud Poile.



Poile was born in Fort William, Ontario and played junior hockey for the Fort William Rangers. He began his professional career in 1942 as an 18-year-old right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs and—after a break in his career to serve in the Second World War—was a member of the Leafs' Stanley Cup-winning team of 1947. The next season, he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in a multi-player deal for Max Bentley. A year later he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings. Before the 1949–50 season he was acquired by the New York Rangers and was traded mid-season to the Boston Bruins, which would be his final stop in the NHL.

Fort William, Ontario former city in Ontario, Canada, amalgamated with Port Arthur to form Thunder Bay in 1970

Fort William was a city in Northern Ontario, located on the Kaministiquia River, at its entrance to Lake Superior. It amalgamated with Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay in January 1970. Since then it has been the largest city in Northwestern Ontario. The city's Latin motto was A posse ad esse featured on its coat of arms designed in 1900 by town officials, "On one side of the shield stands an Indian dressed in the paint and feathers of the early days; on the other side is a French voyageur; the center contains an elevator, a steamship and a locomotive, while the beaver surmounts the whole."

Ontario Province of Canada

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Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

Poile would spend five more years playing in minor professional leagues as a player-coach, first for the Tulsa Oilers of the United States Hockey League in 1950–51. he then rejoined the Red Wings organization in 1951–52 as player coach of the Red Wings' Maritime Major Hockey League affiliate, the Glace Bay Miners. He moved up to the Wings' Western Hockey League affiliate, the Edmonton Flyers, in 1952–53. He retired as a player in 1954, but would continue to coach the Flyers until 1962. Poile then became head coach of the San Francisco Seals from 1962 to 1966.

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The Maritime Major Hockey League was a professional men's ice hockey league which operated for four seasons from 1950 to 1954 in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The league was financially supported by teams of the National Hockey League as a 'feeder' league.

With the NHL expansion in 1967, Poile became general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, acquiring key members of the team that would win the Stanley Cup in the 1970s. In 1970, Poile became general manager of another NHL expansion team, the Vancouver Canucks, building that club until leaving in 1973 to join the World Hockey Association as executive vice-president. He left the WHA in May 1976.

Philadelphia Flyers professional ice hockey team

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Vancouver Canucks hockey team of the National Hockey League

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In August 1976, Poile became president of the Central Hockey League. During the 1983–84 season he also became commissioner of the International Hockey League. The CHL wound down its operations at the end of that season, and Poile continued in his role with the IHL until retiring in 1989.

International Hockey League (1945–2001) 1945–2001 North American ice hockey league

The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada that operated from 1945 to 2001. The IHL served as the National Hockey League's alternate farm system to the American Hockey League (AHL). After 56 years of operation, financial instability led to the league's demise. Six of the surviving seven teams merged into the AHL in 2001.

Poile was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1990 after a hockey career that spanned six decades. He died in Vancouver on January 4, 2005 of Parkinson's disease. His son, David Poile, has also had a long management career in the National Hockey League and was the first (and current) general manager of the Nashville Predators.

Hockey Hall of Fame award

The Hockey Hall of Fame is an ice hockey museum located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. Founded in Kingston, Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1943 under the leadership of James T. Sutherland. The first class of honoured members was inducted in 1945, before the Hall of Fame had a permanent location. It moved to Toronto in 1958 after the NHL withdrew its support for the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario. Its first permanent building opened at Exhibition Place in 1961. The hall was relocated in 1993, and is now in downtown Toronto, inside Brookfield Place, and a historic Bank of Montreal building.

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Nashville Predators Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Predators' television broadcasting rights are held by Fox Sports Tennessee, whereas radio broadcasting rights are held by WPRT-FM. The Predators have played their home games at Bridgestone Arena since 1998.

Poile has had two professional hockey trophies named after him. The first was the N.R. "Bud" Poile Trophy of the International Hockey League, awarded from 1989 to 2001 to the most valuable player of the Turner Cup Playoffs. The second is the Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy of the American Hockey League, awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference.


Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1940–41Fort William Rangers TBJHL 172510351423254
1941–42Fort William RangersTBJHL18362965553571211
1941–42Fort William FortsTBSHL10220
1941–42 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 61232
1942–43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 481619352462464
1943–44 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL1168149
1943–44Toronto RCAF OHA-Sr. 859148
1943–44Toronto BowsersTMHL352704165212
1945–46 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL91890
1946–47 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL591917361972022
1947–48 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL42023
1947–48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL5423295217
1948–49 Chicago Black HawksNHL40002
1948–49 Detroit Red Wings NHL562121426100112
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL2836981225710
1949–50 Boston Bruins NHL381614306
1950–51 Tulsa Oilers USHL 6015385348956114
1951–52Glace-Bay Miners MMHL 843360936920000
1952–53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70202949621507712
1953–54Edmonton FlyersWHL49123951341339120
1954–55Edmonton FlyersWHL31230
1954–55Edmonton Flyers Ed-Cup 10000
NHL totals31110712222991234598

Coaching statistics

1952–53 Edmonton Flyers WHLHead Coach602128110.442
1953–54Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach702930110.493
1954–55Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach703920110.636
1955–56Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach70333430.493
1956–57Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach70392740.586
1957–58Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach1????0?
1959–60Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach70372940.557
1960–61Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach70274300.386
1961–62Edmonton FlyersWHLHead Coach70392740.586
1962–63 San Francisco Seals WHLHead Coach70442510.636
1963–64San Francisco SealsWHLHead Coach2????0?
1964–65San Francisco SealsWHLHead Coach70313720.457
1965–66San Francisco SealsWHLHead Coach²????0?

1 Midseason replacement

² Replaced midseaseon

See also

Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Keith Allen
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Hal Laycoe

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