Eddie Bush

This is Eddie Bush. On April 9th, 1942 Bush set a new NHL record for points by a defenseman in a Stanley Cup finals game with 5, scoring a goal and 4 assists.

Prior to that game he was virtually unknown in NHL circles. He would continue to be anonymous after the game, too. Bush never scored another point in the NHL ever again.

Even worse, Bush's Red Wings blew a 3-0 series lead in that Stanley Cup final to lose the Stanley Cup to the Toronto Maple Leafs!

Bush played in 26 career NHL games (scoring four goals and 10 points) and 12 playoff games (7 points), but he would never appear in the NHL again following the '42 Stanley Cup collapse.

It was an unfortunate coincidence, really. And military obligations during World War II certainly did not help. He went to a lengthy career in the minors before becoming a legendary junior coach in the Ontario league in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

He capped his coaching career as head coach of the NHL's Kansas City Scouts in 1975-76. His return to the NHL was not so successful. He guided the Scouts to a 1-23-8 record before being replaced in the middle of the season.


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