Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Bob Dillabough

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bob Dillabough was born on April 27th, 1941, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. After playing in only nine NHL games in two years of service with the Detriot Red Wings organization and a few seasons in the minors to start his professional career, Dillabough was traded to the Boston Bruins on May 31st, 1965. With Boston the then 24-year-old 5′-11″ 180-pound center would officially kick off his National Hockey League career with a new start in a new city during the 1965-66 regular season.

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Dillabough would spend the next two seasons from 1965-66 to 1966-67 with Boston appearing in 113 games posting 13-25-38 numbers. Bob’s stay in Boston would be cut short due to the National Hockey League expansion draft that would see the longtime original six entity double to 12 teams in 1967 with the additions of teams in Los Angeles, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. On June 6th, 1967, The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed Dillabough and he would spend the next season and a half in the steel city before being shipped via trade to another new franchise in the NHL the Oakland Seals in November of 1968.

In his NHL career, Dillabough appeared in 283 games making stops in Detriot, Boston, Pittsburgh, Oakland and ended his pro career signing as a free agent in the World Hockey Association playing in 72 games for the Cleveland Crusaders posting 8-8-16 numbers in 1972-73. In the 1973-74 season, he’d take another chance in hockey playing in the International League with the Toledo Hornets posting 14-23-37 numbers before retiring from the game for good at the age of 32.  Dillabough would pass away in Hamilton, Ontario on March 27th, 1997, at the age of 55-year-old. He played in the NHL for a better part of seven seasons and contributed 32-54-86 numbers in that timeframe.

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