Attwell, Bob

RW   R. 6` 192lbs
Sundridge, Ontario

It was on Mothers Day 1979 that Bob gave his dad, Ron, a present that will last a lifetime. Playing for the Peterborugh Petes, he scored the overtime goal to give his team the Memorial Cup over the Brandon Wheat Kings. He banged in a Larry Murphy shot and after the goal the two players careers diverged. Murphy went on to become the NHLs all-time leader in games played for a defenceman; Attwell played just 22 games, with the Colorado Rockies.

Amazingly, his father had played that exact same number of games during his brief NHL career in the 1960s. Perhaps more unusual, though, was that this father son team played a mere 12 years apart, father Ron playing in 1967-68, son Bob in 1979-80. Neither relative appeared in a playoff game, and Ron outscored his son eight points to six in their brief NHL careers.

Bob played the better part of five years in the minors in the CHL, AHL, and IHL, and although the Oilers signed him in 1982 he had little hope of cracking a Stanley Cup-dynasty lineup. Attwell took his skates to Europe and played six years in Germany, retiring in 1990. ATTWELL, Ron Father of Bob Attwell, Ron was a top-ranked junior in the Boston organization, tall, tough, and skilled. He began with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens for two years. He was called up to Providence, and the next step seemed the Forum, but after three games he suffered a separated shoulder and was returned to the Junior Canadiens.

Attwell stayed in Quebec for much of the next five years, playing also in the AHL. And when the Montreal Canadiens came along in 1952 and offered the Bruins $10,000 for the 19-year old, he seemed destined for a life in the bleu, blanc, et rouge. Such was no to be. He spent several more years in the minors during the Original Six, playing mostly for the Cleveland Barons of the AHL.

Many years later, he and Pat Quinn were sold to the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967 for cash, and it was then that Attwell saw his first NHL action, playing 18 games in the Bluenote. A few games later, he was traded to the Rangers with Ron Stewart for Red Berenson and Barclay Plager, but by the end of the year he was back in the AHL. He stayed in the minors for to more full seasons and retired in 1970. BOLDIREV, Ivan Centre Ivan Boldirev was a superior puck handler with a natural touch around the net. He spent 15 years in the league with six different clubs and recorded nine 20-goal seasons.

Boldirev came to Canada in his youth. After starring with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the NOHA in 1966-67, he spent two years with the Oshawa Generals under the sponsorship of the Boston Bruins. When he was ready to turn pro, Boston sent Boldirev to the CHL to work on his overall game. In the end, the Bruins had too many good forwards and traded the youngster to the California Seals in November 1971.

The talented pivot toiled for nearly three years on one of the NHLs all time sad sack franchises. In May 1974, his career took a turn for the better when he was acquired by the Chicago Black Hawks. Boldirev spent nearly five years in the Windy City where he worked the power play and teamed effectively with Grant Mulvey and Darcy Rota.

Late in the 1978-79 season, the clever centre was part of major trade between the Hawks and the Atlanta Flames which involved star forward Tom Lysiak. Boldirev averaged over a point per game for his new club but the Flames were knocked out in the first round of the post-season. The next February he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks to add playmaking savvy and experience to the club. His best season came in 1981-82 when he scored 33 goals playing on a line with Dave "Tiger" Williams and Tony Currie notched eight playoff markers as the club reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.

Midway through the 1982-83 season he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Mark Kirton. Boldirev set a career-high in 1983-84 with 35 goals and helped Detroit qualify for the playoffs for only the second time in twelve years. He slipped to 19 goals the next season but did reach the 1,000 game milestone before retiring.

Player Notes
Colorado Rockies round 6, #106 overall 1979 Entry Draft Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 25, 1982.