Frank McCool

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Frank McCool
Born (1918-10-27)October 27, 1918
Calgary, AB, CAN
Died May 20, 1973(1973-05-20) (aged 54)
Oshawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 00 in (183 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1937–1946

Tobias Francis McCool (27 October 1918 – 20 May 1973) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. He was born in Calgary, Alberta.

Playing career[edit]

McCool played minor hockey in his hometown of Calgary with the Calgary Bronks of the Alberta Senior Hockey League. In 1937–38, McCool played in the Memorial Cup with the Calgary Canadians. In 1939–40, he enrolled at Gonzaga University and played hockey there from 1940 to 1942. In 1942–43, McCool enrolled in the army. He played for one season for the Calgary Currie Army before being deployed in 1943–44.

After returning in 1944–45, he signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the top goaltender for the Leafs as he led them through the season and all the way to the Stanley Cup. The Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games and McCool set a franchise record for most shutouts in the postseason. He also set a NHL record for most consecutive shutouts in the postseason with three, a record that has been tied but not beaten to this day. He also held another Stanley Cup record for the fewest goals allowed in the Final with nine. This stood until the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, when it was beaten by Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas. McCool also set another milestone as he became the first NHL goaltender to record an assist. At the end of the season, McCool was the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy.

After just playing in 22 games in 1945–46, he retired after just two years because of severe ulcers. He suffered from ulcers during his career, and it was confirmed that ulcers played a part in his death on May 20, 1973.

Legacy[edit]

Frank McCool has an arena named after him in the southeast community of Lake Bonavista in the city where he was born, Calgary, Alberta.

McCool died on 20 May 1973 of stomach ulcers, a condition from which he had suffered often in his adult life.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T Min GA SO GAA GP W L Min GA SO GAA
1936–37 Calgary Bronks ASHL 2 120 9 0 4.50
1936–37 Calgary Canadians CCJHL 1 60 3 0 3.00
1937–38 Calgary Columbus Club CCSHL 12 720 47 1 3.92 3 180 8 0 2.67
1937–38 Calgary Canadians M-Cup 4 1 3 240 19 0 4.75
1939–40 Gonzaga University WKHL 8 480 46 0 5.75
1940–41 Gonzaga University NCAA
1941–42 Gonzaga University NCAA
1942–43 Calgary Currie Army ASHL 24 1440 81 1 3.37 5 2 3 300 20 0 4.00
1944–45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 24 22 4 3000 161 4 3.22 13 8 5 807 30 4 2.23
1945–46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 10 9 3 1320 81 0 3.68
NHL totals 72 34 31 7 4320 242 4 3.36 13 8 5 807 30 4 2.23

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Preceded by
August 'Gus' Bodnar
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1945
Succeeded by
Edgar Laprade