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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on October 11th, 2017

William Henry Beatty "Billy" Brydge - Born October 23, 1898 in Renfrew, Ontario – Died November 2, 1949 was a Canadian professional ice Hockey defenceman.

Brydge played his minor and junior Hockey in his hometown of Renfrew, and then excelled in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association / NOHA with Iroquois Falls Papermakers Hockey team for two years before joining the senior Port Arthur Bearcats in 1923-24, and spent three years on the club, helping it win consecutive Allan Cup championships in 1925 and 1926.

In 1926-27, Brydge played 41 games in the NHL for the Toronto St. Pats and during that first year the franchise was also known as the Maple Leafs.

Brydge spent the 1927-28 season in the Canadian Professional Hockey League / Canpro League with the Detroit Olympics then played most of the next season in Detroit with the NHL's Cougars.

In November 1929, the solid defender was traded to the New York Americans for $5,000. Brydge found a home in the "red, white and blue" and was a fixture on the club's defence for six and a half years. His steady play was one of the few bright lights for a franchise that was a perennial outsider when the playoffs began.

Brydge retired after playing 21 games for New York in 1935-36.

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