Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Jim O’Neil

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Jim O’Neil was born on April 3rd, 1913 in Semans, Saskatchewan and played a majority of his junior hockey in his home province with the Saskatoon Crescents (N-SSHL) and Wesleys (N-SJHL). Before joining the National Hockey League Boston Bruins team in the 1933-34 campaign the 5′-8″ 160-pound versatile forward played 46 games for the Bruins minor-pro team the Boston Cub posting 13-17-30 numbers.

O’Neil played a better part of four seasons with the Bruins organization totaling 6-26-32 numbers in 140 games with his first NHL club from the ages of 20 to 23. He would leave Boston to play two seasons appearing in 16 games and tallying four assists with the Montreal Canadiens organization bouncing up and down from the NHL club to below minor-pro affiliates. After leaving the Habs team, O’Neil would return to the Bruins organization but never to return to the NHL. Jim would be of service to the Boston club as a “break glass in case of emergency” scenario playing in the American Hockey League with the Providence Reds, and Hershey Bears until the end of his professional hockey career.

O’Neil passed away at the age of 84 on October 17th, 1997 and in his time making stops in Boston and Montreal through his six-year career he posted 6-30-36 numbers. In his time in the American Hockey League contributed 109-311-420 numbers before retiring after the 1945-46 season.

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