Odie Cleghorn

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Odie Cleghorn
Odie Cleghorn.jpg
Born (1891-09-19)September 19, 1891
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died July 13, 1956(1956-07-13) (aged 64)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL:
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Pirates
NHA:
Montreal Wanderers
Renfrew Creamery Kings
Playing career 1910–1928

James Albert Ogilvie "Odie" Cleghorn (September 19, 1891 – July 13, 1956) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, coach, linesman and referee. His brother Sprague Cleghorn also played professional ice hockey and the two played several seasons together.

Ice hockey career[edit]

Odie Cleghorn came up through the ranks of the Montreal Westmount of the intermediate section of the CAHL, where he played alongside his older brother Sprague and future Hockey Hall of Fame referee Cooper Smeaton. For the 1909–10 season the trio left for New York to play for the New York Wanderers of the American Amateur Hockey League, finishing second in the league standing behind the New York Athletic Club. Although the Brooklyn Daily Eagle praised Cleghorn after the season as "one of the best right wings that ever has played on a New York team", the newspaper also brought criticism over his rough play "that kept him with the timers for long sessions in every contest.[1]

Odie Cleghorn, at far right in the front row, with the 1910 New York Wanderers, with brother Sprague Cleghorn right by his side.

The next season, in 1910–11, Odie and Sprague left New York to play with the Renfrew Creamery Kings of the National Hockey Association.

Cleghorn played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Pirates. On Jan. 14, 1922, Odie and his brother Sprague Cleghorn each scored 4 goals in a 10-6 victory for the Montreal Canadiens over the Hamilton Tigers.[2] Cleghorn won a Stanley Cup in 1924 with Montreal.[3]

Cleghorn was also a coach of the Pirates. It was during the 1925–26 season that he created the idea of set lines. He would play three set lines that would rotate. Before this, the players would only rest when needed.

During the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, when New York Rangers's coach Lester Patrick had to step in as goalie for an injured Lorne Chabot, Odie took over Lester's duties as coach behind the Rangers bench for the rest of the game. [4]

Odie Cleghorn's brother Sprague Cleghorn died of injuries following a car accident. Just a few hours before Sprague's July 14, 1956 funeral, Odie Cleghorn, was found in his bed, dead of heart failure, perhaps induced by the stress of the loss of his brother.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1909–10 New York Wanderers AAHL 8 15 0 15
1910–11 Renfrew Creamery Kings NHA 16 20 0 20 66
1911–12 Montreal Wanderers NHA 17 23 0 23
1912–13 Montreal Wanderers NHA 19 18 0 18 44
1913–14 Montreal Wanderers NHA 13 9 7 16 19
1914–15 Montreal Wanderers NHA 15 21 5 26 39 2 0 0 0 12
1915–16 Montreal Wanderers NHA 21 16 7 23 51
1916–17 Montreal Wanderers NHA 18 28 4 32 49
1918–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 22 6 28 22 5 7 1 8 3
1918–19 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 5 2 0 2 9
1919–20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 20 4 24 30
1920–21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 6 6 12 8
1921–22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 21 3 24 26
1922–23 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 19 6 25 18 2 0 0 0 2
1923–24 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 2 5 7 16 2 0 0 0 0
1923–24 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 2 2 0
1924–25 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 3 3 6 14 2 0 1 1 0
1924–25 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1925–26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 17 2 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 0
1926–27 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1927–28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 2 0 0 0 4
NHA totals 119 135 23 158 268 2 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 181 95 34 129 142 12 7 2 9 5
St-Cup totals 13 2 2 4 9

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
PIT 1925-26 36 19 16 1 39 3rd in American Lost in Quarterfinals
PIT 1926-27 44 15 26 3 33 4th in American Missed playoffs
PIT 1927-28 44 19 17 8 46 3rd in American Lost in Quarterfinals
PIT 1928-29 44 9 27 8 26 4th in American Missed Playoffs
Total 168 62 86 20 144

References[edit]

  • Boucher, Frank; Frayne, Trent (1973). When The Rangers Were Young. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. ISBN 0-396-06852-9.
Notes
  1. ^ "Hockey year just ended, had many rough games" Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Mar. 13, 1910. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  2. ^ Yannis, Alex (2000-10-29). "HOCKEY; Madden and McKay Score 4 Goals Each". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  3. ^ "1923-24 Montreal Canadiens Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  4. ^ Boucher & Frayne 1973, p. 119.

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Preceded by
Position created
Head coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates
192529
Succeeded by
Frank Fredrickson