April 15, 1920|
Belfast, United Kingdom
|Died||August 22, 2002(aged 82)|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
James Alexander McFadden (April 15, 1920 – August 22, 2002) was a professional ice hockey forward. Born in Belfast, United Kingdom and raised in Miami, Manitoba. He was raised in the Opawaka district. He was one of only six players born in Ireland ever to reach the NHL.
McFadden started his career with the Portland Buckaroos of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. He spent two years with the Buckaroos before joining the Montreal Sr. Canadiens in the Quebec Senior Hockey League in 1941–42. In 1942–43, McFadden joined the Canadian Army. He was posted to Winnipeg and played hockey with the Winnipeg Army. After three years in the army, McFadden rejoined the QSHL, but this time with the Ottawa Senators. McFadden contributed a significant number of points and in 1946–47 he was traded to the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League.
After averaging over a point with the Bisons in the AHL, he was signed to the National Hockey League by the Detroit Red Wings during their playoff run in 1946–47. The Red Wings ended up being beaten by the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games, but McFadden's two points during the playoffs helped give him another chance on the roster for next season. McFadden ended up scoring 24 goals during his rookie season and this helped him win the Calder Memorial Trophy. He remained in Detroit for three more seasons, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1949–50, and was selected for the 1950 NHL All-Star Game.
On August 20, 1951, McFadden was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks with teammates George Gee, Max McNab, Jimmy Peters, Clare Martin and Rags Raglan in exchange for $75,000 and future considerations. McFadden played in Chicago for three seasons. He played in 19 games during the 1953–54 season, before being sent down to the minors. He played another three seasons in the minors with the Calgary Stampeders before retiring.
Awards and achievements
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1948).
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1950).
- Stanley Cup championship (1950).
- Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2004.
- “Honored Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
|1941–42||Montreal Sr. Canadiens||QSHL||27||8||6||14||12||5||0||1||1||4|
|1942–43||Port Arthur Navy||A-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||2||2||6||8||4|
|1946–47||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||4||0||2||2||0|
|1947–48||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||60||24||24||48||12||10||5||3||8||10|
|1948–49||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||55||12||20||32||10||8||0||1||1||6|
|1949–50||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||68||14||16||30||8||14||2||3||5||8|
|1950–51||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||14||18||32||10||6||0||0||0||2|
|1951–52||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||10||24||34||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1952–53||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||23||21||44||29||7||3||0||3||4|
|1953–54||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||19||3||3||6||6||—||—||—||—||—|
- Jim McFadden's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Jim McFadden's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Picture of Jim McFadden's Name on the 1950 Stanley Cup Plaque
- Jim McFadden’s biography at Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
- Jim McFadden's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
|Winner of the Calder Trophy