Tom Paton (ice hockey)

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Tom Paton
Tom Paton.jpg
Paton in 1888
Born 1854
Montreal, Quebec
Died February 10, 1909
Position Goaltender
Playing career 1883–1893

Thomas Laird Paton (1854 – February 10, 1909), was a Canadian ice hockey player of the pre-NHL era of the sport. He played the position of Goaltender for the Montreal Hockey Club (Montreal HC) (affiliated with the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association) and was a member of the first Stanley Cup-winning team in 1893.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Tom was a pioneer goaltender in organized hockey. Tom's hockey career can be traced back to the early Montreal Carnivals prior to the formation of the AHAC in 1885.[2] He was a founding member of the Montreal Hockey Club. His career would be marked by dominance. Throughout every season he played between 1888 and 1893 for the Montreal HC, his team would win the AHAC championship.[3]

The authors of the reference book Ultimate Hockey consider his performance in 1890, 1891 and 1893 to be worthy of winning the equivalent to the Vezina trophy that the NHL awards today for top goal tender.[4] He was regarded in many history texts as being undefeated in 1890 and 1891.[1]

In the 1892 AHAC season, Paton and the Montreal HC lost the championship to Ottawa HC in the first game of the season. But in the final challenge of the season Paton and the Montreal HC defeated the Ottawa HC 1–0 to regain the championship. In the 1893 AHAC season, the Montreal HC would win the season series and become the first winners of the Stanley Cup. Paton would retire from play after the season, making him also the first goalie to retire from Stanley Cup hockey competition as a current champion.

Paton's 1885 Montreal Carnival championship medal sold for over $14 000 (CAD) in a 2009 auction.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L GA GAA GP W L GA GAA
1885 Montreal HC AHAC 2? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1887 Montreal HC AHAC -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1888 Montreal HC AHAC 7 6 1 7 1.00 -- -- -- -- --
1889 Montreal HC AHAC 4 3 1 6 1.5 -- -- -- -- --
1890 Montreal HC AHAC 7 7 0 13 1.90 -- -- -- -- --
1891 Montreal HC AHAC 6 6 0 6 1.00 -- -- -- -- --
1892 Montreal HC AHAC 3 1 2 7 2.30 -- -- -- -- --
1893 Montreal HC AHAC 8 7 1 18 2.30 -- -- -- -- --

Notes:

  • Lead league in wins in 1888,89,90,91 and 93 (bold denotes league leader).
  • Statistics do not include non regular season tournaments.
  • Statistics for Montreal Carnival currently unavailable

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles C. (1965). Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1. 
  • Weir, Glen; Chapman, Jeff; Weir, Travis (1999). Ultimate Hockey. Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0-7737-6057-1. 
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