Eddie Gerard

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Eddie Gerard
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1945
EddieGerardHeadshot.jpg
Born (1890-02-22)February 22, 1890
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died August 7, 1937(1937-08-07) (aged 47)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Defence
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1910–1923

Edward George Gerard (February 22, 1890 – August 7, 1937) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada he played professionally for 10 seasons for the hometown Ottawa Senators and was member of several Stanley Cup-winning teams before retiring as a player in 1923. He continued in hockey afterward as a coach until 1935, winning a further Stanley Cup in 1926. He was regarded as one of the most prominent athletes in Ottawa, active in several sports and was a halfback for the Ottawa Rough Riders football club from 1909 to 1913. When the Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1945, Gerard was one of the original nine inductees.

Personal life[edit]

Gerard was born in Ottawa on February 22, 1890. His father was of Scottish descent.[1] He married Lillian Mackenzie and had two daughters. He worked as a printer and was employed by the Canadian Government Printing Bureau. He moved to the geodetic survey in 1912, and at the time of his death was chief engineering clerk for the survey.[2]

Playing career[edit]

In November 1913, while still an amateur player, Gerard was approached by several teams in regards to turning professional. He initially had an offer from the Montreal Canadiens of $1,000 for, but refused. Early in the month the Ottawa Senators offered him a contract of $1,500 for two seasons, which would have made him one of the highest paid players in hockey.[3] He also received an offer from the Sydney Hockey Club from the Maritime Hockey League promised $1,600 for the season, with an extra $1,000 to come from advertisements.[4] Gerard joined the professional ranks in 1913–14 with the Ottawa Senators, after playing in senior amateur play since 1907 with various Ottawa teams. He had also played rugby football, and gave that up to play with the Senators. One of the highest regarded athletes in Ottawa, he only signed with the Senators when they assured him he would be able to keep his government job.[5] When he did sign, he was given a bonus of C$400.[6] In 1915, he was named to the NHA All-Stars which went on a tour in British Columbia to play PCHA teams. Gerard was player-coach of the Senators from 1916 until 1918. He later served as captain of the Senators from 1919 to 1923. He retired after the 1922–23 season due to a growth, although benign, in his throat, which diminished his breathing.[7]

The Ottawa Senators during the 1914–15 NHA season. Gerard is in the front row, far left.

Gerard won four Stanley Cups during his playing career. Three came as a member of the Ottawa Senators and one with the Toronto St. Pats. In game five of the 1921 Stanley Cup Finals, Gerard had six penalties, one of which was a match penalty near the end of the game.[8] Gerard was attending the 1922 Stanley Cup Final, held that year in Toronto when Harry Cameron, a defenceman of the St. Pats, was injured. Vancouver Millionaires Manager Lester Patrick gave permission to Toronto to use Gerard to replace their injured player. Toronto won the game and the series. It was his only game with the St. Pats.[9]

Post-playing career[edit]

After retiring as a player he was the Manager-Coach of the Montreal Maroons from 1924–25 season to 1928–29 season, winning his fifth Stanley Cup in 1925–26. He resigned from the Maroons, where he never had a formal contract, on July 8, 1929. Though he never stated why he left the team there were rumours that he was to join the Senators, whose former owner and manager, Tommy Gorman, resigned on the same day from the New York Americans.[10] Offered the chance to replace Gorman as coach of the Americans, Gerard turned it down and spent the year away from hockey.[11] The Americans finished last in the Canadian Division in 1929–30, so they decided to replace player-coach Lionel Conacher. This time Gerard accepted the job. One of Gerard's first acts as the new manager of the Americans was to trade away Conacher, as he didn't want the man he replaced overlooking him.[11] He would coach the New York Americans for two seasons in 1930–31 and 1931–32. In the fall of 1932 he returned as Manager-Coach of the Maroons. In the three years that Gerard had been away from the Maroons newspapers kept publishing rumours that he would return to the team. But it was not until the Maroons lost in the 1932 playoffs that Sprague Cleghorn was let go as coach and Gerard was hired away from New York, finally confirming the rumours.[12] He coached the team for two more seasons, 1932–33 and 1933–34, before being let go and replaced by Gorman.[13]

Prior to the start of the 1934–35 season, the Senators moved from Ottawa to St. Louis, Missouri and changed their name to the St. Louis Eagles. Gerard was hired as the first coach of the Eagles and replaced his former teammate on the Senators, Georges Boucher. The team lost eleven of their first thirteen games to start the season and as a result Gerard resigned as coach of the team on December 11, 1934, with Boucher named his replacement.[14]

He died in Ottawa on August 7, 1937 due to the same throat condition which had ended his involvement in hockey.[15] He is interred in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Gerard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1907–08 Ottawa Seconds OCSHL 7 8 8
1907–08 Ottawa Victorias St. Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1908–09 Ottawa Seconds OCSHL 5 11 11 10 2 1 0 1 5
1909–10 Ottawa Seconds OCSHL 9 17 17 3 1 0 1 14
1910–11 Ottawa New Edinburghs IPAHU 6 9 9 18 3 6 0 6 6
1910–11 Ottawa New Edinburghs OCSHL 2 1 1 0
1911–12 Ottawa New Edinburghs IPAHU 11 12 12 8 4 8 0 8 6
1912–13 Ottawa New Edinburghs IPAHU 9 16 16 16 7 6 0 6 6
1913–14 Ottawa Senators NHA 11 6 7 13 34
1913–14 Ottawa New Edinburghs IPAHU 2 2 2
1914–15 Ottawa Senators NHA 20 9 10 19 39 2 0 0 0 18
1914–15 Ottawa Senators St. Cup 3 1 0 1 0
1915–16 Ottawa Senators NHA 24 13 5 18 57
1916–17 Ottawa Senators NHA 19 17 9 26 37 2 1 0 1 3
1917–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 13 7 20 26
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 4 10 14 17 5 3 0 3 3
1919–20 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 9 7 16 19
1919–20 Ottawa Senators St. Cup 5 2 1 3 3
1920–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 11 4 15 18 2 1 0 1 6
1920–21 Ottawa Senators St. Cup 5 0 0 0 44
1921–22 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 7 11 18 16 2 0 0 0 8
1921–22 Toronto St. Patricks St. Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1922–23 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 6 8 14 24 2 0 0 0 0
1922–23 Ottawa Senators St. Cup 6 1 0 1 4
NHA totals 74 45 31 76 167 7 2 0 2 9
NHL totals 128 50 47 97 120 27 7 1 8 71

Coaching record[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GC W L T Finish GC W L T Result
1917–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 9 13 0 3rd, NHL
1924–25 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 9 19 2 5th, NHL
1925–26 Montreal Maroons NHL 36 20 11 5 2nd, NHL 4 2 0 2 Won Stanley Cup
1926–27 Montreal Maroons NHL 44 20 20 4 3rd, Canadian 2 0 1 1 Lost Quarterfinal
1927–28 Montreal Maroons NHL 44 24 14 6 2nd, Canadian 9 5 3 1 Lost Final
1928–29 Montreal Maroons NHL 44 15 20 9 5th, Canadian
1930–31 New York Americans NHL 44 18 16 10 4th, Canadian
1931–32 New York Americans NHL 48 16 24 8 4th, American
1932–33 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 22 20 6 2nd, Canadian 2 0 2 0 Lost Quarterfinal
1933–34 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 19 18 11 3rd, Canadian 4 1 2 1 Lost Semifinal
1934–35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 13 2 11 0 5th, American
NHL totals 421 174 186 61 21 8 8 5 One Stanley Cup

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kitchen 2009, p. 76
  2. ^ The Gazette (1937-08-07). "Gerard, One of Hockey's Elect, Played on 4 Stanley Cup Teams". The Gazette (Montreal). p. 14. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  3. ^ The Gazette 1913, p. 14.
  4. ^ Ottawa Citizen 1913, p. 8.
  5. ^ Kitchen 2008, pp. 175–176
  6. ^ Kitchen 2008, p. 176
  7. ^ Kitchen 2008, p. 281
  8. ^ Podnieks 2004, p. 53
  9. ^ Podnieks 2004, p. 54
  10. ^ The Gazette (1929-07-09). "Eddie Gerard has Resigned Post of Maroon Manager". The Gazette (Montreal). p. 13. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  11. ^ a b Brown 1999, p. 120
  12. ^ Brown 1999, p. 133
  13. ^ Brown 1999, p. 149
  14. ^ Canadian Press 1934, p. 16.
  15. ^ "Death of Gerard Blow To Sport". The Globe and Mail. August 9, 1937. p. 15. 

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