Friday, September 4, 2009

John McCreedy, Champion

John McCreedy's NHL career consisted of a mere 64 total games, but boy did he make the most of it. As a 30 year old rookie with the Maple Leafs in 1941-42 he notched 15 goals and another seven points in thirteen playoff games. He was a big part of Toronto's un-paralleled Cup Finals comeback from a 3-0 games defecit. Soon after, McCreedy would join the military and like so many other athletes of the day put his career on hold. He would help lead the Toronto RCAF squad to an Allan Cup appearance in 1943. He returned to the Leafs to finish the 1945 season and helped them win another seven game final over the Red Wings. Two Stanley Cups in two seasons, doesn't get much better than that. Of course, by the time he made his late debut in the NHL he was already well accustomed to winning champioships.

In 1937 he led the Winnipeg Monarchs to a Memorial Cup victory with 13 goals in 9 playoff games. The following season he played with the Trail Smoke Eaters and was part of an Allan Cup victory as the best in Canadian amateur hockey. The Smokies travelled to Zurich, Switzerland as Canada's representative in the World Championship and easily won the 1939 tourney. McCreedy then led the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils to their Allan Cup win in 1940. He'd play for the coveted amateur crown again in '41 with the Sydney Millionaires, this time coming up short.

Overall John McCreedy won a Memorial Cup, two Allan Cups, two Stanley Cups AND a World Champioship during his short career.

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