Bud Poile

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Bud Poile
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1990
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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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