Saturday, May 31, 2014

1937/38 Springfield Indians Program

This is one of the oldest hockey programs I have in my collection, from the 1937/38 season of the Springfield Indians. They were part of the International American Hockey League, predecessor of the American Hockey League which began operation in 1936. This game on February 19, 1938 was against the Syracuse Stars, minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lineup pages are pictured below.
The goaltenders in the game were Springfield's Benny Grant vs. Phil Stein of Syracuse. Grant had played previously in the NHL with Toronto and the New York Americans and in 1943/44 would play 20 games for the Leafs once again. Stein would play only one game in the NHL for Toronto in 1939/40.

Pete Langelle of Syracuse would go on to play three full seasons with the Leafs, Murray Armstrong would play five years with the Americans and the Red Wings. Jack Markle of Syracuse would lead the league in scoring with 54 points, his third time leading the circuit in four seasons. However, his NHL career consisted of a mere 8 games with Toronto in 1935/36. 
I found the boxscore for the game (below). The game was tied 3-3 after 60 minutes and each team scored a goal in the overtime period for a 4-4 final. 

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