Jack Gelineau

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Jack Gelineau
Born (1924-11-11)November 11, 1924
Toronto, ON, CAN
Died November 12, 1998(1998-11-12) (aged 74)
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1949–1954

John Edward "Jack" Gelineau (November 11, 1924 in Toronto, Ontario – November 12, 1998) was a professional ice hockey goaltender, principally for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

During the war, Gelineau played for the Montreal and Toronto RCAF hockey team. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for gallantry after surviving a 1944 plane crash and rescuing an injured crewman from the burning plane that was loaded with ammunition. After the war, Gelineau played in net with the Montreal Jr. Royals in 1944–45. In 1945-46, Gelineau entered McGill University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1949.

He starred in goal at McGill for four seasons, racking up a 40–16–1 overall record with a 3.14 goals against average. He also played intermediate basketball, football and varsity baseball which resulted in a tryout with the Boston Red Sox. The last McGill goalie to be named team captain, Gelineau backstopped the Redmen to the 1946 Queen's Cup championship. He was the first recipient of the Forbes Trophy as McGill's male athlete of the year in 1948.

That spring, he was called up to the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League, becoming the first goalie in 30 years to play in the NHL while still attending university (two decades later, Ken Dryden duplicated this feat while studying law at McGill and playing for the Montreal Canadiens). He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1949-50, but was unable to capitalize on his early potential. Despite his successful debut, he was unable to get a raise out of Bruins owner Weston Adams. He spent the next three season with the Quebec Aces in the Quebec Senior Hockey League including two appearances with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1953-54. Gelineau retired in 1955.

Jack Gelineau is buried at the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1943-44 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 11 1 9 1 680 58 1 5.12
1943-44 Toronto Cil TMHL 4 0 4 0 240 22 0 5.50
1943-44 Toronto RCAF TNDHL 7 5 2 0 420 21 1 3.00
1944-45 Montreal RCAF MCHL 8 480 24 0 3.00
1944-45 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 5 2 3 0 300 19 3 3.80
1945-46 McGill Redmen MCHL 15 13 2 0 900 52 1 3.47
1946-47 McGill Redmen MCHL 16 10 5 1 960 45 1 2.81
1947-48 McGill Redmen MCHL 20 14 6 0 1200 62 1 3.10
1948-49 McGill Redmen MCHL 6 3 3 0 360 20 0 3.33
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 4 2 2 0 240 12 0 3.00
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 67 22 30 15 4020 220 3 3.28
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 70 22 30 18 4200 197 4 2.81
1951-52 Quebec Aces QSHL 12 6 4 2 740 42 0 3.41
1952-53 Quebec Aces QSHL 21 8 9 4 1300 59 1 2.72
1953-54 Quebec Aces QHL 57 24 27 6 3466 158 5 2.74
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 2 0 120 18 0 9.00
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 11 4 7 0 640 38 1 3.56
NHL totals 143 46 64 33 8580 447 7 3.13

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1943-44 Toronto RCAF TNDHL 1 0 1 60 3 0 3.00
1944-45 Montreal RCAF MCHL 5 300 28 0 5.60
1944-45 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 9 2 7 528 43 0 4.96
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 4 1 2 260 7 1 1.62
1951-52 Quebec Aces QSHL 12 8 4 739 28 1 2.27
1952-53 Quebec Aces QSHL 21 13 8 1303 51 1 2.35
1953-54 Quebec Aces QHL 14 840 26 4 1.86
1953-54 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 3 1 2 179 14 0 4.69
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 4 1 3 240 14 0 3.50
NHL totals 4 1 2 260 7 1 1.62

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Preceded by
Pentti Lund
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1950
Succeeded by
Terry Sawchuk