The Boston Bruins selected Bloom with their first pick in the 1972 NHL amateur draft, 16th overall. However, Boston was known as "The Big Bad Bruins" and with good cause. They were the NHL's most talented team and had a list of tough players to fill the role that Bloom had hoped to land. He played exclusively in the minors for two years and the Bruins left him unprotected in the 1974 expansion draft when it was apparent they would not be able to find a spot for him in their lineup. He was selected by the Washington Capitals and it was there that he got to play in 67 games. The team was predictably horrible in its first season and even drew some harsh criticism from many media members. Jay Greenberg of The Hockey News wrote a column reflecting the team's first season in existence. "One of the featured attractions for the Caps' first game at the Capital Center was Mike Bloom. It didn't get a whole lot better than that." He responded with seven goals and 26 points on the woeful club before being traded late in the season to the Detroit Red Wings. He played another two years in the Motor City but never was able to find a scoring touch and was eventually dispatched to the minors.
After two years of riding the buses, and no imminent sign of being called back to the NHL, Bloom decided to move to Europe for a year where he played with Rheem Utrecht in Holland in 1979-80.
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