Bruce Racine


Bruce Racine

Infobox Ice Hockey Player


played_for = NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues
IHL
Muskegon Lumberjacks
Albany Choppers
Cleveland Lumberjacks
San Antonio Dragons
Fort Wayne Komets
Kansas City Blades
AHL
St. John's Maple Leafs
SM-liiga
Ilves
RSL
Ak Bars Kazan
league = NHL
position = Goaltender
catches = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 191
nickname =
nationality = CAN
birth_date = birth date and age|1966|08|09
birth_place = Cornwall, ON CAN
draft = 58th overall
draft_year = 1985
draft_team = Pittsburgh Penguins
career_start = 1988
career_end = 2004

Bruce Racine (Born August 9, 1966 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional hockey goaltender who played briefly in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues.

Racine was drafted in the 3rd round, 58th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1991 Racine was dressed for 4 playoff games, while goalies Tom Barrasso, and Wendell Young were recovering from injuires. Racine did not play, so his name was not included on the Stanley Cup. However, Racine was included on the Stanley Cup team picture, and given a Stanley Cup ring. Racine then played for Northeastern University where he was a two-time All-American, setting every meaningful school mark for goaltending and leading the Huskies to their most recent NCAA appearance. After his collegiate career, he was assigned by the Penguins to the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL, where he would play five seasons (with a break as the starting goaltender for the abortive Albany Choppers). His 1988–89 season with the Lumberjacks was his most accomplished as a pro, leading the IHL in wins and shutouts and being named to the league's First All-Star team. Racine then played for the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL for two seasons.

Racine finally got his chance to make it to the NHL when he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in 1995. For the 1995–1996 season he started the year in the minors but eventually got the call to backup Grant Fuhr, a duty he shared with Jon Casey. That year Fuhr set a record by playing in 79 games but coach Mike Keenan often pulled Fuhr during games, allowing Racine to play in 11 games, posting a 0–3–0 record and a 3.13 GAA. Racine also played one game in the playoffs backing up Casey after Fuhr was sidelined with an injury. This would prove to be the only action Racine would see in the NHL.

Racine played another five years in the IHL with the San Antonio Dragons and the Fort Wayne Komets, being named the team's MVP both seasons with Fort Wayne and setting franchise marks for goaltending, before finishing his career with two seasons playing for Ilves in Finland. He retired after the 2002–2003 season.

After retirement, he was a coach at Northeastern in the 2004–2005 season, and now lives in the St. Louis area, where he operates a hockey training academy.

External links

*legendsofhockey|18359
*hockeydb|4435
* [http://www.racinegoalieacademy.com/index.shtml Bruce Racine Goaltending Academy]


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