Longtime Bruins scout Bart Bradley dies at 76
SURREY, British Columbia -- Bart Bradley, a longtime Boston Bruins scout who spent 30 years with the NHL team, died after battling pneumonia for two months. He was 76.
Bradley, who died Saturday, was with the club from 1968-98, first as a scout and later as its director of player evaluation. His lone game as an NHL player was with the Bruins during the 1949-50 season.
"Bart was a great hockey man," said former Bruins president and general manager Harry Sinden. "He loved the Bruins and loved the game of hockey. He showed me the true value of what a head scout should be, in that he always said exactly what he thought of a player and had the courage of his convictions."
Sinden noted two moves when recalling Bradley's contributions -- the trade that brought Brad Park to Boston in 1975 and the deal that landed Cam Neely in 1986.
Bradley played 10 seasons of pro hockey, starting in 1949-50 with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He was called up to the Bruins later that season.
He is survived by children Scott, Warren, Marnie Jo, Jody Lynn and four grandchildren. Scott Bradley is the Bruins director of amateur scouting.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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