Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Eddie Panagabko

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Eddie Panagabko was born on May 17th, 1934, in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada and was a 5′-8″ 170-pound centerman. Per, he played three seasons of junior hockey in the SJHL with the Humboldt Indians. (65-66-131 in 100GP), before moving up to the International Hockey League, where he posted 25-35-60 numbers with the Grand Rapids Rockets in 60 games during the 1954-55 season.

As a 20-year-old Eddie signed a deal to play for the National Hockey League Boston Bruins but started his pro career in with the clubs American Hockey League affiliate the Hershey Bears. In Hershey, he played in 41 games in the 1955-56 campaign posting 16-25-41 numbers good enough to get the call to Boston in the same years for 28 games notching only three assists. Panagabko would get sent back down to Hershey to fulfill the remainder of his contract, only appearing in one more NHL game (zero points) for Boston in the 1956-57 season.

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In 160 games played for the Hershey club (41G-58A-99P), Ed would finish his AHL career with the Providence Reds, who were a fly by night NHL Bruins affiliate in the early years. In three seasons with the Reds club, he contributed 40-89-129 numbers in 186 games giving him AHL career totals of 81-147-228 numbers in 346 games.

Panagabko would later head back to the West Coast of the United States, returning to the WHL making stops in Portland, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and San Diego. Ed passed away at the age of 44-years-old on January 18th,1979, and appeared in 29 career NHL games with three total assists.

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