Harold Lawton "Harry" "Punch" Broadbent - Born July 13, 1892 in Ottawa, Ontario – Died March 5, 1971 in Ottawa, Ontario was an ice Hockey player for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons and the New York Americans.
Broadbent started playing junior Hockey for the Ottawa Emmetts in 1908, and then played for the Ottawa Seconds and Hull Volants in 1909.
Broadbent became star in the Ottawa city league with the Ottawa Cliffsides and the New Edinburghs, Broadbent became a local hero at an early age.
Broadbent started his professional career with the Ottawa Senators, then of the National Hockey Association (NHA) before World War I, being paired on a line with Jack Darragh. He was seventh in the league in scoring his rookie year of 1913, and while hobbled with injuries the next, was fourth in scoring the following year. He scored three goals in the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915 before going to the war for three and one-half years.
Broadbent was awarded the Military Medal for his heroic conduct overseas.
After resuming his career and teaming with forwards Frank Nighbor and Cy Denneny, he starred for the Senators (which in the interim had joined the NHL) for six more seasons, playing for three Stanley Cup champions. Though he was a holdout for most of the 1921 season, Broadbent came back to win the league scoring title in 1922. He also set a record that season by scoring goals in sixteen consecutive games, eclipsing Joe Malone's previous record of 14. The streak began during a 10-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens on Christmas Eve and lasted through to a 6-6 tie with Canadiens on February 15. As of 2011, it remained the NHL record.
His offensive wizardry and robust style of play contributed significantly to the Senators' three Stanley Cup wins in 1920, 1921 and 1923. He was the right winger on one of Hockey's top forward lines with Frank Nighbor and Cy Denneny. In the 1923 series versus the Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa needed to find a way to stop the explosive Duke Keats. Everyone figured this responsibility would rest with defensive stalwart Frank Nighbor. Early in the contest, Keats skated close to Broadbent and took one of the latter's famous elbows in the midsection. The star of the western side failed to make much of an impression the rest of that evening.
In 1925, along with veteran teammate Clint Benedict, Broadbent was sold by Ottawa to the expansion Montreal Maroons. Broadbent was the Maroons' leading scorer that first season, including a five-goal game against the Hamilton Tigers. In his second season with the Maroons, the team won its first Stanley Cup championship against the Victoria Cougars, with Broadbent at his roughest. He scored two goals in eight post-season matches but also accumulated 36 minutes in penalties. "Old Elbows" was a force throughout the series that serves as a microcosm of his impact throughout his career.
He was traded back to the Senators in 1928 with cash for Hooley Smith. He played for the New York Americans in 1929 and retired after that season.
Broadbent coached for several years in the Ottawa City Hockey League, winning the championship in 1933 with the Ottawa Rideaus.
Broadbent finished his career with 172 goals and 58 assists in 360 professional games.
Harry Punch Broadbent was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.