The Boston Bruins family suffered a loss Monday with the passing of Fred Stanfield, a center who won two Stanley Cups with the franchise in 1970 and 1972, at 77 years old. The passing was confirmed by the team’s alumni Twitter.
First acquired by the Bruins in the 1967 trade that also brought Phil Esposito to the Bruins from the Chicago Blackhawks, Stanfield was a definite fit with the Bruins as the center for John Bucyk and Pie McKenzie.
A Bruin from 1967 through 1973, Stanfield recorded at least 54 points in all six of seasons with Boston, and posted a career-high 79 points with the Bruins during the 1971-72 season. Stanfield was also a noteworthy playoff producer during those two Cup runs, with four goals and 16 points in 14 games during the 1970 playoffs, and seven goals and 16 points in 15 games in ’72.
Stanfield’s 274 assists are the 20th-most in Bruins history, while his 409 points are the 28th-most in franchise history. The Toronto, Ont. native’s 46 career playoff points also rank as the 30th-most in franchise history.
Stanfield would play another five another seasons between the Minnesota North Stars and Buffalo Sabres following his departure from the Bruins following the 1972-73 season, and finished his NHL career with 211 goals and 616 points in 914 games with the Blackhawks, Bruins, North Stars, and Sabres.