By: Andrew Lindroth | Follow me on Twitter @andrewlindrothh
Happy 84th Birthday To Former Boston Bruins Forward Bob Beckett!
Bob Beckett was born on April 8th, 1936, in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. He began playing juniors as an 18-year-old forward for the Galt Black Hawks (OHA-Jr.) from 1954-1956, playing in 97 games and posting 32-48-80 numbers. During the 1956-1957 season, he split his time between the Victoria Cougars (WHL) and Quebec Aces (QHL) before getting the call-up to play for the Boston Bruins.
That season, Beckett suited up for 18 games with the Bruins, collecting three assists. The following season, he was assigned to play for the Springfield Indians (AHL), appearing in 67 games and producing 17-16-33 numbers before getting called back up to Boston. For the remainder of that year, he played nine games for the Bruins but failed to register a point. The forward spent the next two seasons playing for the Providence Reds (AHL) before joining the Bruins again during the 1961-1962 season, suiting up for 34 games and contributing 7-2-9 numbers.
Beckett had his last stint with the Bruins during the 1963-1964 season, suiting up for his final 7 NHL games and registering an assist, before being sent to Providence for the rest of the season. He retired from the hockey world in 1964. The 6’0, 185-pound forward played 346 career games in the American Hockey League and finished with 94-147-241 numbers. Happy birthday, Bob Beckett!