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Sunday, March 4, 2012

March 4--Gord Kluzak

Gord Kluzak

Selected by Boston Bruins round 1 #1 overall 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

Gord made the immediate jump into the NHL with the Bruins in 1982-83, collecting seven points in 70 games. The hulking d-man was never expected to be much of an offensive force, but he was an imposing physical figure who wasn't afraid to hit hard.

Gord scored career-high 10 goals in his second NHL season before knee injuries forced him to sit out the 1984-85 season. Kluzak returned to the Bruins lineup in 1985-86 and he finished the year with career-highs in assists (31) and points (39).

Unfortunately knee injuries forced Kluzak to sit out the 1986-87 season but he returned to the lineup in 1987-88 and helped Boston reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Gord scored six goals that year while matching his career-high in assists with 31.
Injuries again limited Kluzak’s play as he only managed to play in 13 games over his final three NHL seasons. But Gord’s perseverance and dedication to the game and his efforts to return to the NHL did not go unnoticed. In 1990, he was honoured with the Bill Masterton Trophy for his dedication to hockey.
Gord finally had enough of knee surgeries and rehab appointments and after the 1990-91 season he retired. Gord turned to the world of education, attending Harvard University and later Harvard Business School, earning a degree in economics.


Have this blue ink signed card. Don't remember if IP or TTM.

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