Hy Buller: A Jewish NHL Player
Hy Buller was born in Montreal in 1926. His family moved to Saskatoon a few years later and Buller grew up there playing hockey and skating on outdoor rinks with other neighbourhood children. In 1942, after graduating high school, Buller was spotted by a hockey scout and would play briefly for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. However, Buller was still quite inexperienced and he got traded to teams in the somewhat less prestigious American Hockey League (AHL). In 1951, Buller once again entered the NHL, this time playing for the New York Rangers.
During all these years Buller stayed involved in the Jewish community. Interestingly, the New York Rangers even celebrated his Jewish identity in order to appeal to Jewish hockey fans. After performing at a very high level for a number of years, Buller retired from hockey in 1954. He remains one of the most talented Jewish players to have reached the professional level.