Mel Bridgman
Melvin John Bridgman
Center
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 4.28.55 Trenton, Ontario
How he arrived: Traded by the Calgary Flames with Phil Russell for Joel Quenneville and Steve
Tambellini, 6.21.83
How he left: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Chris Cichocki and Red Wings' 3rd round pick in
the 1987 E.D., 3.9.87
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
SHG
SHA
GWG
1983-84
NJ
79
23
38
61
-27
121
127
9
8
1
0
0
1984-85
NJ
80
22
39
61
-16
105
143
5
15
3
0
3
1985-86
NJ
78
23
40
63
-1
80
136
5
12
1
1
1
1986-87
NJ
51
8
31
39
-8
80
73
1
6
1
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
288
76
148
224
-52
386
479
20
41
6
1
5
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
With a young and developing Devils team, Bridgman was looked upon to provide some leadership and to bring the kids
along, as well as provide some consistent offense that was limited anyway.

That was pretty much his rep as a Flyer, along with being a tough mo-fo.

He is widely regarded as the worst captain in Devils' history, but that's only because he was the captain of some of the

worst teams in the Devils' history. People tend to forget that some of the up-and-coming kids on those teams that would
be among the main cogs in the machine by the end of the decade had learned under Bridgman, among others. So how
bad could he really have been? Seriously?


After he retired with the Vancouver Canucks in 1989, he earned his MBA from the Wharthon School of Business
(Part
of the University of Pennsylvania)
. He had also took classes at Villanova and Penn while he was playing. Not long after
he got his degree, he was named the first GM in the modern history of the Ottawa Senators. At 36, he was also the
youngest man to take charge of an expansion team in NHL history.

He would become an agent for CMG Sports after he left the Sens in 1993.
He would later move to southern California
and work as a financial consultant for Smith Barney.
Entry Draft: 1975 First Round Pick (1st overall) by the
Philadelphia Flyers