Feisty Bartlett scored 360 AHL goals

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, theahl.com will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

Never a flashy scorer or high-profile superstar, Jim Bartlett made a nice career for himself in the American Hockey League over 16 seasons with the Providence Reds, Springfield Indians and Baltimore Clippers, and was one of the AHL’s most consistent performers of his time.

The feisty winger made his AHL debut in 1955-56, recording 47 points and 110 penalty minutes in 50 games and capturing a Calder Cup championship with the Reds. It would be the first of 12 career 20-goal seasons for Bartlett.

Bartlett matched an AHL record on Jan. 5, 1958, when he scored two goals in a five-second span against Rochester and goaltender Gerry McNeil.

In 1959-60, Bartlett played most of the year in the NHL with the New York Rangers, but recorded 10 points in 21 games for Springfield and then averaged a point per game in the postseason as the Indians won the Calder Cup.

Bartlett played the entire 1960-61 season with the Boston Bruins, his final taste of the NHL before spending most of the next 12 years exclusively in the AHL. Bartlett almost had his hockey life cut short in 1963 when he was hit in the eye with a stick, but he came back strong and as a member of the highly-regarded “B-Line” with Pierre Brillant and Stan Baliuk, led the Reds in scoring in 1964-65.

He joined the Baltimore Clippers in 1966, and reached the Calder Cup Finals one more time in 1972.

Bartlett ranks eighth on the AHL’s all-time list with 360 goals, 19th all-time with 742 points and ninth with 955 career games played. He also wound up with 1,037 career penalty minutes.

Career AHL Statistics – Jim Bartlett
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1955-56Providence Reds50281947110935827
1956-57Providence Reds63212243105410127
1957-58Providence Reds5925214686521311
1959-60Springfield Indians21731012853815
1961-62Providence Reds623134658030118
1962-63Providence Reds6728386687612310
1963-64Providence Reds722639657532134
1964-65Providence Reds7122365892
1965-66Providence Reds6819264570
1966-67Baltimore Clippers673021518194266
1967-68Baltimore Clippers7122295171
1968-69Baltimore Clippers7325234840410110
1969-70Baltimore Clippers653028583452132
1970-71Baltimore Clippers631425395160114
1971-72Baltimore Clippers1182101218651114
1972-73Baltimore Clippers7224164031
AHL Totals955360382742103780272249138