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Bruins mourn passing of long-time scout Bart Bradley

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bart Bradley, a longtime scout for the team who also served 15 years as the club’s Director of Player Evaluation. Bradley, 76, passed away on Saturday in Surrey Hospital in Surrey, British Columbia following a two-month battle with pneumonia. He leaves four children, sons Scott and Warren, and daughters Marnie Jo and Jody Lynn, and four grandchildren.

“We all loved him and will miss him very much,” said his son Scott, who is currently the Bruins’ Director of Amateur Scouting. “He was a great dad and he taught me everything I know. We spent many hours together going to games, watching games and talking about hockey. His three great loves in life were his family, the Bruins and hockey.”

“Bart was a great hockey man,” said longtime Bruins President and General Manager Harry Sinden, who led the team during Bradley’s tenure in the scouting department. “He loved the Bruins and loved the game of hockey. He showed me the true value of what a head scout should be, in that he always said exactly what he thought of a player and had the courage of his convictions.

“There are two deals that come to mind that Bart had as much to do with as anyone,” continued Sinden. “When we were looking to make a deal with New York for Brad Park, I asked Bart to follow the Rangers for several games because there were questions about Park’s knees. He came back to me after seeing four or five games and said ‘I don’t care what you have to give them, get this guy’.

“The other one was Cam Neely. Vancouver had offered their number one draft pick and, other than three protected players, anyone else from their roster [for Barry Pederson]. Cam was coming off a rather non-descript season but Bart had followed him through his junior career and his first couple of years with the Canucks. He told me ‘He’s the guy. Nobody thinks that much of him right now, but he’s going to be great’. And he was right.”

Bradley played ten seasons of pro hockey beginning in 1949-50 when he joined the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He was recalled to the parent Boston Bruins later that season, playing his lone career National Hockey League game with the Bruins. He began as a scout for the team in 1968-67 and in 1983-84 he added responsibilities as the club’s Director of Player Evaluation, a position he held until his retirement following the 1997-98 season.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will released as soon as they are finalized.
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