Eddie Powers

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Edward J. "Eddie" Powers (1888– January 17, 1943) was a Canadian professional lacrosse player, professional ice hockey player and coach. Powers was head coach of the Toronto St. Pats of the National Hockey League (NHL) for two seasons and minor professional league coach for 13 seasons, including championship seasons with the Boston Tigers (CAHL) and Syracuse Stars. He was an assistant coach, scout and hockey executive for the Toronto franchise.

Career[edit]

Powers was born in Elora, Ontario.[1] From the age of 16, Powers played senior lacrosse. He played with Victoria and Nelson in British Columbia. He returned east and started coaching lacrosse. He was coach of the 1926 Mann Cup championship team Weston Westonmen.[1]

Powers' ice hockey coaching career began when he was employed as a youth with the Eaton's department store chain, coaching the store's own team.[1] Powers moved on to coaching amateur teams. In 1919–20, he coached Toronto Parkdale's senior team. In 1920–21, he coached the Port Colborne intermediate team.[2]

In 1923, Power was given his first job as a professional ice hockey coach, joining the Toronto St. Patricks. He would be coach of the St. Pats from 1923 to 1925. In 1926, Powers moved to Boston to coach the new Boston Tigers (Canadian-American Hockey League (CAHL) team. He would coach in Boston for six seasons, winning the CAHL championship in 1929. Powers coached the New Haven Eagles in 1932–33 before moving to the Syracuse Stars organization. He would coach the Stars from 1934 until 1939, winning the IAHL championship in 1937. He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization where he was the assistant coach in 1940–41[3] and during the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals. He returned to head coaching in the 1942–43 season for the New Haven Eagles until his death on January 17, 1943.

Powers' death coincided with the suspension of the Eagles by the AHL. Powers' health was poor but he travelled to a road game with the club on January 16 in Washington. On January 17, the day of the final game for the Eagles, Powers went out to buy a newspaper, and collapsed of a cerebral hemorrhage. He died an hour later.[4] The final game went ahead as scheduled and the Eagles won the game 9–4 over the Providence Reds after a minute of silence for Powers. As scheduled, the team was disbanded by the American Hockey League the next day.[5] At the time of his death, Powers had been considering a coaching job in the Quebec Senior Hockey League offered by T. P. Gorman, who knew him from his youth, playing against him in lacrosse.[6] Coaches Hap Day of the Maple Leafs and Dick Irvin of the Montreal Canadiens both praised Powers as a "fine fellow", "a real gentleman" and "a great hockey player."[6]

Powers was also a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs and head of their farm system during his career.[4]

Legacy[edit]

The trophy for the scoring championship of the Ontario Hockey League is named the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy.

Personal[edit]

Powers was born in Elora, Ontario and moved to Toronto as a youth. Powers married Pearl Dennahower and was the father of one daughter (Audrie) and five sons, ( Rowan, James, Edward, Novey and Patrick), whom were in the RCAF at the time of his death.[7][8] Powers was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto.[8]

Coaching record[edit]

NHL[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Toronto St. Patricks 1924–25 30 19 11 0 - 38 2nd in NHL Lost in first round
Toronto St. Patricks 1925–26 36 12 21 3 - 27 6th in NHL Did not qualify
NHL Total 137 68 63 6

Other leagues[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Boston Tigers 1926–27 32 14 15 3 - 31 Did not qualify
Boston Tigers 1927–28 40 21 14 5 - 46 Lost in first round
Boston Tigers 1928–29 40 21 11 8 - 50 Won championship
Boston Tigers 1929–30 40 17 18 5 - 39 Lost in Final
Boston Tigers/Cubs 1930–31 40 14 22 4 - 32 Did not qualify
Boston Cubs 1931–32 40 21 16 3 - 45 Lost in Final
New Haven Eagles 1932–33 48 16 27 5 - 37 Did not qualify
Syracuse Stars 1934–35 44 20 20 4 - 44 Did not qualify
Syracuse Stars 1935–36 48 26 19 3 - 55 Lost in playoffs
Syracuse Stars 1936–37 48 27 16 5 - 59 Won championship
Syracuse Stars 1937–38 48 21 20 7 - 49 Lost in Final
Syracuse Stars 1938–39 54 26 19 9 - 61 Lost in first round
New Haven Eagles 1942–43 32 9 18 5 - 23 Team folded

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "'Twas Tip by Powers That Sent Ross Into Kitchener". Toronto Star. January 18, 1943. 
  2. ^ ""Eddy" Powers Coaches Port Colborne Team". The Globe. December 10, 1920. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Lack of Crabbing Irks Leafs' Coach". Calgary Herald. October 22, 1940. p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b "New Haven Coach Dies". Youngstown Vindicator. January 18, 1943. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Break Up New Haven Team". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2. 
  6. ^ a b "Quebec Job Was Waiting". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2. 
  7. ^ "Its Veteran Mentor Dies". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2. 
  8. ^ a b "Powers, Edward J. (death notice)". Toronto Star. January 19, 1943. p. 24. 
Preceded by
Charles Querrie
Head coach of the Toronto St. Patricks
1924-26
Succeeded by
Charles Querrie

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