October 17, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Providence Bruins
Springfield, MA - The American Hockey League today announced the four inductees into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018 with former Providence Reds forward Jim Bartlett among the inductees. Also honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the 13th group of enshrinees are Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky.
Bartlett spent a majority of his 21-year professional career in the American Hockey League with eight of those seasons coming with the Providence Reds. Nicknamed "Rocky" for his feisty style of play, he debuted in the NHL with his hometown Montreal Canadiens in 1955 before making his first AHL appearance with Providence the following season, racking up 28 goals and 110 penalty minutes in 50 games and helping the Reds to the 1956 Calder Cup championship. It would be the first of a dozen 20-goal seasons for Bartlett in the American League. In 1958, Bartlett tied an AHL record when he scored two goals in a span of just five seconds against Rochester, a mark that still stands.
Bartlett played the entire 1960-61 campaign with the Boston Bruins, recording career highs in goals and points in his lone season with Boston and final taste of the NHL. Returning to Providence the next season, he set career highs with 31 goals in 1961-62 and 66 points in 1962-63, famously playing on the "B" Line with Stan Baliuk and Pierre Brillant. He finished his Reds career leading the team in penalty minutes (705) while finishing third in goals (200), fifth in games played (512) and fifth scoring (435 points).
After retiring in 1973, Bartlett finished his AHL career with 955 regular-season games, good for 10th on the league's all-time list. He ranks ninth with 360 goals and 21st with 742 points. He also won two Calder Cups, one with Providence in 1956 and another with Springfield in 1960.