Myles Lane

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Myles Lane
Born (1903-10-02)October 2, 1903
Melrose, MA, USA
Died August 6, 1987(1987-08-06) (aged 83)
Manhattan, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1928–1934
Myles Lane
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1903-10-02)October 2, 1903
Melrose, Massachusetts
Died August 6, 1987(1987-08-06) (aged 83)
Manhattan, New York
Playing career
1925–1928 Dartmouth
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Dartmouth (assistant)
Boston University
Harvard (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–3–2
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1970 (profile)

Myles Stanley J. Lane (October 2, 1903 – August 6, 1987) was a professional ice hockey player, college football player and coach, and New York Supreme Court justice. He was the last surviving member of the 1929 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.


A star player at Dartmouth College, Lane signed with the New York Rangers on October 1, 1928. He became only the third American-born player and the first American-trained player to join the National Hockey League.[1]

In 1928, Lane was offered by the Rangers to the Bruins for Eddie Shore and $5,000. Rangers President John Hammond believed that because Lane was such a hero in his home state, the Bruins would do anything to acquire him. According to former Rangers publicity director Stan Saplin, who got the story from Lester Patrick, the telegram Bruins' president, Charles F. Adams sent back read: GET A LIFE PRESERVER - YOU ARE MYLES FROM SHORE. [2] The Rangers later sold his contract to the Bruins for $7,500.[3] He was with the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1929. From 1931-1934 played for the minor league Boston Cubs of the Canadian-American Hockey League.[4]


Lane was an all-American halfback at Dartmouth College from 1925–1928, where he led the nation in scoring.

After his playing career ended, Lane turned to coaching. In 1929 he was Dartmouth's backfield coach as well as the head coach of the freshman team. In 1932 he was head football coach at Boston University. He had a 2-3-2 record in his only season with the Terriers. He was the backfield coach at Harvard in 1933 where he coached, among others, his brother Francis Lane.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

Legal career[edit]

After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1934, Lane joined the firm of O'Connor & Farber. Three years later he was appointed an assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He spent four years in the Navy in World War II. After the war he rejoined the US Attorney's office, becoming chief assistant. He was a member of the prosecution team in the Rosenberg trial. In September 1951 he was appointed United States Attorney, a position he held until April 1953, when he returned to private law practice.

In 1958 he was appointed chairman of the State Investigation Commission by governor W. Averell Harriman. During his years with the commission, the agency looked into issues such as school building flaws, hospital abuses, narcotics problems, underworld activities and bid-rigging on New York City's purchases of rock salt.

He was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1968. One notable case Lane decided was known as the "dog case". He ruled that "the present circumnstances of rampant crime" allowed a woman to keep her schnauzer despite a lease forbidding dogs. He was subsequently overruled by an appeals court.

Judge Lane was appointed to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department in 1974, where he remained until his retirement in 1979.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1925–26 Dartmouth Big Green Ivy 8 20 0 20 - -- -- -- -- --
1926–27 Dartmouth Big Green Ivy 4 10 0 10 - -- -- -- -- --
1927–28 Dartmouth Big Green Ivy 5 20 0 20 - -- -- -- -- --
1928–29 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 0 1 22 -- -- -- -- --
Boston Bruins NHL 19 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
1929–30 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1931–32 Boston Cubs Can-Am 40 3 4 7 48 5 0 1 1 2
1932–33 Boston Cubs Can-Am 39 3 10 13 45 7 0 2 2 10
1933–34 Boston Cubs Can-Am 16 3 2 5 8 -- -- -- -- --
1933–34 Boston Bruins NHL 25 2 1 3 17 -- -- -- -- --

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Boston University (Independent) (1932)
1932 Boston University 2-3-2
Total: 2-3-2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Irving Saypol
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
September 18, 1951-April 1, 1953
Succeeded by
J. Edward Lumbard
Preceded by
Arthur L. Reuter
Chairman of the New York State Investigation Commission
Succeeded by
Jacob Grumet