The Boston Bruins have lost another one of their legendary ranks with the news that 77-year-old former B’s forward Fred Stanfield has passed away, according to the Boston Bruins Alumni group.
Sad news about Fred Stanfield, part of some great Boston Bruins teams in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Condolences to his friends, family and teammates. https://t.co/GCxYtP9xwD
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) September 14, 2021
Stanfield played 448 games for the Bruins in the 1960’s and 1970’s editions and won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Black and Gold while playing on a memorable line with Johnny Bucyk and Johnny McKenzie. Stanfield was part of the dynasty building trade that the Bruins engineered with the Chicago Blackhawks that netted them Stanfield, Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge in exchange for Gilles Marotte, Pit Martin and Jack Norris. In all Stanfield played 14 NHL season with a handful of NHL teams during a very strong career.
The Ontario native was a skilled, honest player that served as a great secondary scorer for some fantastic Boston Bruins teams and Stanfield also memorably manned the point opposite Bobby Orr on the Boston Bruins power play during those great days.
Stanfield finished with 135 goals and 409 points in his 448 games for the B’s prior to being traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1973 for goaltender Gilles Gilbert. Stanfield retired with 914 games on his NHL resume while playing for the Blackhawks, Bruins, North Stars and Sabres and was a clutch player with 46 points in 55 playoff games for the Black and Gold.
Here are some of the memories shared about Stanfield from those on social media on this somber Tuesday morning:
Memorable Fred Stanfield moment: In Game 1 of ’70 Stanley Cup Final, his slapper broke the mask of Blues goalie Jacques Plante, sending him to hospital. Stanfield was a fixture at point opposite Bobby Orr on B’s PP. RIP, Freddy
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) September 14, 2021
Former Bears forward and head coach Fred Stanfield has passed away at the age of 77. Stanfield played 50 games for the Bears during the 1978-79 season and took over as head coach of the club for 31 games. Our condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/OtlSjcO6Ar
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) September 14, 2021
RIP Fred Stanfield. Good man.
— Paul Stewart (@PaulStewart22) September 14, 2021