June 2, 1910|
Berlin, ON, CAN
|Died||June 15, 1980
Kitchener, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
New York Rangers
New Haven Ramblers
Heller started his National Hockey League career with the New York Rangers in 1931, signing with the team as a free agent on November 2, 1931. He would his entire career with the Rangers and retire after the 1946 season. In 1941, he was a member of the NHL All-Star Team. He won 2 Stanley Cups in 1933 and 1940. He served as Captain of the Rangers from 1942 to 1945.
After leaving the Rangers in 1946, Heller had several head coaching stints in the minors, where he often had the dual role of player-coach. He led the Indianapolis Capitals to the Calder Cup as a player-coach during the 1949-50 AHL season, a team that had future Hockey Hall Of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in net for 61 out of a possible 70 games.
Heller finished his career with the Chatham Sr. Maroons in 1956, scoring two assists in seven games.
Heller died on June 15, 1980 in his hometown of Kitchener, less than two weeks after his 70th birthday.
In 2009, Heller was ranked No. 25 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).
Awards and accomplishments
- 1932-33, Stanley Cup champion (New York Rangers)
- 1936-37, Most Penalty Minutes (New York Rangers - tie with Joe Cooper)
- 1938-39, Most Assists (New York Rangers)
- 1939-40, Stanley Cup champion (New York Rangers)
- 1940-41, NHL Second All-Star Team
- 1942-45, Team Captain (New York Rangers)
- 1946-47, AHL Second All-Star Team
- 1947-48, AHL First All-Star Team
- 1949-50, Calder Cup champion (Indianapolis Capitals)
- 1953-54, IHL Second All-Star Team
|New York Rangers captain