George Prodgers

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George Prodgers
George Prodgers, Victoria Aristocrats.jpg
Prodgers with the Victoria Aristocrats in the 1912–13 PCHA season.
Born (1891-02-18)February 18, 1891
London, ON, CAN
Died October 25, 1935(1935-10-25) (aged 44)
London, ON, CAN[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Quebec Bulldogs
Victoria Aristocrats
Montreal Wanderers
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto 228th Battalion
Toronto St. Patricks
Hamilton Tigers
Playing career 1969–1925

Samuel George "Goldie" Prodgers[2] (often misspelled Prodger) (February 18, 1891 – October 25, 1935) of London, Ontario was a professional ice hockey player. He was a member of the 1912 Stanley Cup champion Quebec Bulldogs and the 1916 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. He also played professionally for the Hamilton Tigers, Montreal Wanderers, Toronto St. Pats, Victoria Aristocrats and Waterloo Colts.

Playing career[edit]

George Prodgers played amateur hockey for the London Athletic, joining its junior team in 1908, and graduating to their intermediate team for the 1909–10 season. He turned professional for the Waterloo Colts of the Ontario Professional Hockey League for the 1910–11 season. When Waterloo folded its team, Prodgers, along with Eddie Oatman and Jack McDonald joined the Quebec Bulldogs of the National Hockey Association(NHA). The Bulldogs won the NHA championship and the Stanley Cup, and defeated Moncton in a Stanley Cup challenge series. Prodgers joined the Victoria Aristocrats for the 1912–13 season despite being under contract with Quebec. He returned to Quebec for one season, before joining the Montreal Wanderers for a season and a season with the Montreal Canadiens. While playing for the Canadiens, the Canadiens went to its first Stanley Cup finals, winning the series on a goal by Prodgers.

He enlisted with the Canadian army and played for the Toronto 228th Battalion for the last NHA season (1916–17) before being shipped overseas. He returned to Canada in 1919, but refused to report to Quebec which was assigned his playing rights in the new National Hockey League(NHL). He was traded between several teams before he settled in with the new Toronto St. Patricks. After that one season with Toronto, he joined the Hamilton Tigers where he had his best offensive seasons, scoring 18 goals in 1920–21. He stayed with the Tigers until the end of the 1924–25 season. The Tigers were suspended at the end of the season after a player's strike and their contracts sold to the New York Americans. Prodgers retired at that point, but after a season away, he joined the London Panthers of the Canadian Professional League, whom he would coach in the following season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1908–09 London Athletics OHA Jr. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1909–10 London Wingers OHA Int. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1911 Waterloo Colts OPHL 16 9 0 9 -- -- -- -- -- --
1911–12 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 18 3 0 3 15 -- -- -- -- --
1912–13 Victoria Aristocrats PCHA 15 6 0 6 21 3 1 0 1 0
1913–14 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 20 2 3 5 11 -- -- -- -- --
1914–15 Montreal Wanderers NHA 18 8 5 13 54 2 0 0 0 15
1915–16 Montreal Canadiens NHA 24 8 3 11 86 4 3 1 4 11
1916–17 Toronto 228th Battalion NHA 12 16 3 19 30 -- -- -- -- --
1919–20 Toronto St. Patricks NHL 16 8 6 14 4 -- -- -- -- --
1920–21 Hamilton Tigers NHL 24 18 9 27 8 -- -- -- -- --
1921–22 Hamilton Tigers NHL 24 15 6 21 4 -- -- -- -- --
1922–23 Hamilton Tigers NHL 23 13 4 17 17 -- -- -- -- --
1923–24 Hamilton Tigers NHL 23 9 4 13 6 -- -- -- -- --
1924–25 Hamilton Tigers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 111 63 29 82 39 -- -- -- -- --

Transactions[edit]

  • Signed as a free agent by Waterloo (OPHL), January 5, 1911.
  • Signed as a free agent by Quebec (NHA), November 1911.
  • Signed by Victoria (PCHA) after jumping contract with Quebec (NHA), November 18, 1912.
  • Traded to Montreal Wanderers (NHA) by Quebec (NHA) for cash, December 4, 1914.
  • NHL rights transferred to Quebec by NHL when Quebec franchise returned to NHL, November 25, 1919.
  • Suspended by Quebec after refusing to report to training camp, November 27, 1919.
  • Traded to Montreal by Quebec for Ed Carpenter, December 21, 1919.
  • Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Harry Cameron, January 14, 1920.
  • Traded to Montreal by Toronto with Joe Matte for Harry Cameron, November 27, 1920.
  • Traded to Hamilton by Montreal with Jack Coughlin, Joe Matte and loan of Billy Coutu for 1920–21 season for Harry Mummery, Jack McDonald and Dave Ritchie, November 27, 1920.

Awards[edit]

  • Played on the OHA-Jr. first All-Star Team (1909)
  • In his second pro season, Goldie joined the Quebec Bulldogs of the NHA where he helped lead his club to a Stanley Cup victory against Moncton (1912)
  • Scored the game and series-winning goal to clinch the Stanley Cup for the Canadiens vs the Portland Rosebuds (1915-1916).

This was the first time that a best-of-five Cup championship went the distance and the first cup for the Canadiens. Also, the Rosebuds were the first team based in the United States to play for the Cup. The Canadiens defeated the Rosebuds three games to two in the best-of-five game series.

  • Inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame (November 2009)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "George Prodgers Dead – Former Hockey Star Victim of Heart Attack" The Montreal Gazette, October 26, 1935.
  2. ^ "Prodgers induction papers to World War I". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 

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