May 28, 1900|
Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
|Died||August 1, 1964
Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers
Chicago Black Hawks
|National team||United States|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Silver||1924 Chamonix||Team Competition|
Clarence John "Taffy" Abel (May 28, 1900 – August 1, 1964) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams. He was the first United States-born player to become a NHL regular. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Clarence "Taffy" Abel was a silver medalist on the United States in the 1924 Olympics, serving as flagbearer for the U.S. delegation. Abel scored 15 goals for the United States in the tournament.
Abel played in the NHL for eight years. He was signed by Conn Smythe to the New York Rangers, largely based upon his strong performance at the Winter Olympics in 1924. With the Rangers, he wore sweater number 4, and, paired with defenceman Ching Johnson, was a key member of the Stanley Cup winning Rangers team in 1927-28. After the 1929 season, Abel's rights were sold to the Chicago Black Hawks, where he played five more years, wearing sweater number 2. Abel was a member of the Cup-winning Black Hawks in 1933-34, his last NHL season.
Abel returned to Sault Ste. Marie after retirement, coaching ice hockey and operating a tourist hotel. At the age of 64, on August 1, 1964, Clarence Abel died in his home in Sault Ste. Marie. Nine years later, he was inducted into the United States Hall of Fame as a player.
The home rink for the Lake Superior State University hockey program is named after Taffy Abel.
|1924||United States (Olympics)||5||15||0||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1924–25||St. Paul Hockey Club||USAHA||39||8||0||8||n/a||—||—||—||—||—|
|1926–27||New York Rangers||NHL||44||8||4||12||78||2||0||1||1||6|
|1927–28||New York Rangers||NHL||23||0||1||1||28||9||1||0||1||14|
|1928–29||New York Rangers||NHL||44||3||1||4||41||6||0||0||0||8|
|1929–30||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||38||3||3||6||42||2||0||0||0||10|
|1930–31||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||43||0||1||1||45||9||0||0||0||8|
|1931–32||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||48||3||3||6||34||2||0||0||0||2|
|1932–33||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||47||0||4||4||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|1933–34||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||46||2||1||3||28||8||0||0||0||8|
- Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players:the ultimate A-Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
- "Clarence "Taffy" Abel". NHL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
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- The National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book/2009. Triumph Books. 2007. p. 604. ISBN 978-1-60078-148-3.
- Podnieks, p. 3