Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bob Hassard : 1929-2010

During a stoppage in play at the Air Canada Centre on Monday evening (Boston vs. Toronto), the Maple Leafs acknowledged the passing of 2 alumni members.

Along with a photo of Pete Langelle (1917-2010), the video scoreboard flashed a photo of Bob Hassard. He passed away on December 30, 2010 at his family cottage. He was 81.

For most of his career, Bob Hassard was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. In 1945-46 he joined the Toronto Marlboros in the OHA. For the next couple of seasons, he would play for both the OHA Jr. and Sr. Marlboros.

While still in junior, Hassard was summoned by the Leafs, and he played in his first NHL game on November 19,1949. The young centre would go pointless in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens.

At the completion the of his time with the Marlboros, Hassard was signed by the Leafs on February 15, 1951. Over the next 4 years he would split his playing time between the Leafs and AHL Pittsburgh Hornets. As a Leaf, he would score 9 goals and 28 assists for 37 points in 109 games. On September 10, 1954 Hassard was purchased by the Chicago Black Hawks. His final NHL campaign was in 1954-55. He wouldn't record a point in 17 games with Chicago.

After his retirement from the game, Hassard became a successful insurance agent.

Robert Harry Hassard was born on March 26, 1929 in Lloydminister, Saskatchewan.

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