Bruce Racine had a short, but memorable NHL career
Tue, Jun 17th 2008, 00:00
Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Racine always dreamed of one day playing in the NHL.
Racine, a goalie, worked his way up the hockey ladder and was drafted in the third round -- No. 58 overall -- in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Before turning pro, Racine played for Northeastern University in Boston where he was a star.
He led NU to the NCAA Division I Hockey East championship in 1988 and Beanpot titles in 1985 and '88, while earning MVP honors in all three tournaments. Racine also was a two-time All-American (1987 and '88). He collected Hockey East All-Star honors in 1985 and '87 and Hockey East All-Rookie honors in '85 as well. Racine rewrote the Husky record book; establishing NU goaltending marks for wins (57), saves (3620), games played (126) and minutes played (7601).
Since his banner collegiate hockey career, Racine has been inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame (1995) and the Northeastern Hall of Fame (2001). In 1994, he was voted to Hockey East's first All-Decade Team.
Racine broke into the NHL during the 1991 season with the Penguins. Although he never played in a game for Pittsburgh, he did dress for four playoff games for the Pens and received a Stanley Cup championship ring.
"To get to play with that team and those great players was pretty incredible," Racine said.
Unfortunately, Racine didn't make it back into the NHL until the 1995-96 season when he played 11 games for the St. Louis Blues.
"Getting to play with St, Louis with (goalie) Grant Fuhr and Wayne Gretzky is something that I will never forget," Racine said. "It was an unbelievable experience for me."
In addition to Gretzky, Hall of Famers Brett Hull, and Al MacInnis played with Racine on the Blues.
Since 2006, Racine has run the Racine Goalie Academy in St. Louis.