Bruce was drafted 3rd Round #52 overall by the Quebec Nordiques. In his 17 pro years, he played in 850 pro games, scored 124 goals, collected 457 assists for a total of 581 points and received 901 PIM. He played 243 NHL games, scoring 15 goals and collecting 69 assists for a total of 84 NHL points. Bruce was named to the NHL All Rookie Team in 1984 and to this day Peter Forsberg and Paul Stastny are the only other members of the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche to achieve this honor. In 1991 he was the Cape Breton Oilers President Trophy winner. He was also recognized as an OHL, AHL, CHL, NHL All-Star.

Bruce owns and operates the Bruce Bell Hockey Schools. He is the Hockey Academy Director for Kate Andrews High School and R.I. Baker Middle School. He is also the program director for the AAA Foothills Elite Summer Hockey Program. Bruce has coached at all levels of hockey including European League, minor league, AJHL, CIS, AA, and AAA as well as volunteering to LMHA. Having played for 5 Stanley Cup winning coaches, Bruce uses his NHL and International experience to run a high intensity development program. Players are put through their paces with a focus on proper technique and teaching of all the fundamentals of hockey.

Particular attention is given to the specific developmental needs of each age level. Bruce incorporates a smooth progression from a focus on individual fundamentals at the younger age to high speed team tactics and checking skills at the older levels.