|Born||February 15, 1965 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Nordiques|
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||52nd overall, 1983|
Bruce Bell (born February 15, 1965) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the New York Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers.
Before making it to the NHL, Bruce scored 124 points in three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds, Windsor Spitfires and the Brantford Alexanders.
He was chosen 53rd overall by the Quebec Nordiques at the 1983 NHL Entry Draft where he scored 37 points as a rookie and helped Quebec reach the semi-finals. He was also named to the 1985 NHL All-Rookie Team.
After playing in 75 games for Quebec, Bruce was traded to the St. Louis Blues on October 2, 1985 in exchange for Gilbert Delorme. While in St. Louis, he developed into a solid positional player under the eye of Blues coach Jacques Demers and helped the Blues come within one game of making the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals.
The following year, Bruce was injured after being bodychecked by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Wendel Clark which affected his playing style.
On May 28, 1987, he was traded to the New York Rangers along with future considerations in exchange for Rob Whistle and Tony McKegney. After playing with the team for 13 games, Bruce was sent to the minors.
On February 1, 1990, he signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers where he played in just one game for the club before being sent to play for the Cape Breton Oilers in the AHL for 66 games until November 22, 1990 when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Kari Takko.
During the 1990-91 season, Bruce played for the Kalamazoo Wings in the IHL. In the following seasons, he went on to play in the minors for the St. John's Maple Leafs, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Binghamton Rangers.
As a change of pace, Bruce signed with the Durham Wasps and Durham Hawks of the British League in 1995-96 and also played with VSV Villach of Austria.
He returned to North America during the 1997-98 season and he played with four different minor pro clubs before retiring in 1998.
- NHL All-Rookie Team (1985)
- CHL Second All-Star Team (1995)