Born in Windsor, Ontario on August 20th 1965, Bruce Shoebottom was the first selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1983 draft but was traded just six games into his first professional season. Shoebottom, who played his Junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes, was dealt to the Washington Capitals, but never cracked their NHL roster. In 1987 the rugged defenseman signed a free agent contract with the Boston Bruins.
That spring the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals and Shoebottom contributed one goal and 42 penalty minutes in the four games he played. In all, Shoebottom spent four years in the Bruins organization, primarily spending his time in the American Hockey League with the Maine Mariners. He did, however, play in the NHL in each of his seasons with his only lengthy stay coming in 1988-89 when he played 29 games for the Bruins.