Robert John "Bob" Gracie - Born November 8, 1910 in North Bay, Ontario – Died August 3, 1963 in Houston, Texas was a Canadian ice Hockey centre.
Gracie played his junior Hockey in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League / NOJHA, first with the North Bay Collegiate, then the North Bay Trappers. He joined the NOHA Kirkland Lake Lakers for the 1928-29 season.
Gracie played with the Ontario Hockey Association / OHA West Toronto Nationals for the 1929-30 season, helping the Nationals win the Eastern Canadian junior Hockey championship, and advancing to the 1930 Memorial Cup finals, losing to the Regina Pats in two games. Gracie scored 15 goals, 6 assists in 13 playoff games in the Memorial Cup tournament.
Gracie then played with the Toronto Eaton's and the Toronto Marlboros during his final year of junior Hockey in 1930-31, also making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 28, 1931 vs Montreal Canadiens at Maple Leaf Gardens in a 5-5 OT tie.
Gracie scored his 1st NHL goal vs Wilf Cude of the Philadelphia Quakers on March 3, 1931 at 6:30 of the 2nd period at Philadelphia Arena in 5-1 Toronto win. Gracie's goal was the game winner.
Gracie impressed with four goals in eight games with the Maple Leafs.
Gracie scored 13 goals, 8 assists for the Toronto the next season while playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Harold Darragh, and during the playoffs, he scored 3 goals while helping the Maple Leafs win its first Stanley Cup in 1932. Gracie had 1 goal, 1 assist in the championship winning game 3 vs the Rangers.
Gracie played 1 more season in Toronto, helping them win the 1933 O'Brien Trophy as NHL Canadian Division champions before they traded him to the Ottawa Senators with $10,000 for Hec Kilrea, October 4, 1933. He was then traded again to the Boston Bruins by Ottawa for Percy Galbraith, Bud Cook and Ted Saunders, October 4, 1933. Gracie played only 24 games in Boston, when they traded to the New York Americans with Art Chapman for Lloyd Gross and George Patterson, January 11, 1934. Gracie finished the season in New York, and played 14 games for the Americans to start the next season, when they traded him to the Montreal Maroons for cash, December 25, 1934.
With the Maroons, Gracie played on a line with Gus Marker and Herb Cain. The Maroons would go on to win the 1935 Stanley Cup championship, defeating his old team, the Maple Leafs during his first year there.
Gracie helped the Maroons win the 1936 O'Brien Trophy as NHL Canadian Division champions. He played with the Maroons until he was once again traded, this time to the Montreal Canadiens for cash, September 14, 1938, but played only 7 games for the Canadiens before they traded him to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash, November 25, 1938. Gracie played in Chicago until he joined the Cleveland Barons late in the season in 1939, and helped the Barons win the 1939 Calder Cup championship, as International-American Hockey League / IAHL (AHL) champions.
Gracie played for Cleveland the next season too, but they traded to the Detroit Red Wings minor league team, the IAHL Indianapolis Capitols with $30,000 for Don Deacon, February 5, 1940, and he finished the season in Indianapolis.
The Capitols then traded Gracie to the AHL Buffalo Bisons for cash, October 20, 1940. Gracie played in Buffalo for the next season in a half, when they traded him to the AHL Hershey Bears for Kilby MacDonald, February 2, 1942, where Gracie helped Hershey to the 1942 Calder Cup finals, losing to his old team, the Indianapolis Capitals 3 games to 2 in the best of five championship.
Gracie started the next season in Hershey, but they traded him to the AHL Washington Lions for Jim O'Neil, November 21, 1942, where he finished the season.
Gracie then signed with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets, and played in Pittsburgh for the next 2 seasons, having his finest output as a professional point wise, with 40 goals, 55 assists during the 1944-45 season.
Gracie finished his career in the Pacific Coast Hockey League / PCHL with the Hollywood Wolves and Fresno Falcons from 1945 to 1947.
It was said at the time of his career, that Gracie was a arrogant, cocky person who rubbed many people the wrong way. That's probably why he moved all over the Hockey map in his career, but he did play in 380 regular season NHL games, scoring 82 goals (9 GWG / 3 OTG), 109 assists and 33 NHL playoff games, scoring 4 goals (1 GWG / 1 OTG), 7 assists. Gracie also was a Stanley Cup Winner in 1932 and 1935, along with the 1939 Calder Cup championship - thats pretty cocky good !