THE MARCEL BONIN FILE:
Born: September 12, 1932
Position: Left wing
NHL games played: 454 (107 with Red Wings)
1954-55 stats: 69 GP; 16 G; 20 A; 53 PM
CAREER: Goals: 97; Assists: 175; PM: 336
If there was a word to describe Marcel Bonin, it would be “consistent.”
Bonin played parts of 10 seasons in the NHL and in the six in which he was a regular, he scored between 13 and 17 goals in five of them.
Bonin had the good fortune of playing for the Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens between 1952-62 (with a one-season stop in Boston sandwiched in), when both Detroit and Montreal dominated the NHL. That fortune led to Bonin being a four-time Stanley Cup winner (one with Detroit, three with Montreal).
Bonin’s legend is more closely connected to the Canadiens, with whom he played 280 of his 454 NHL games.
But in 1954-55, Bonin was a 22-year-old getting his first significant playing time in the league, roaming left wing for the Red Wings. Two years prior, Bonin made his NHL debut (37 games), but spent most of 1953-54 with Detroit’s Western Hockey League affiliate in Edmonton. He only got into one game with the Red Wings that season.
Bonin appeared in all 11 playoff games with the Red Wings in 1955, winning his first of four Cups. He had two assists.
NEXT WEEK: Lorne Davis, a right winger who also had good career timing, Cup-wise.