Woody Dumart

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Woody Dumart
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1992
Born (1916-12-23)December 23, 1916
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Died October 19, 2001(2001-10-19) (aged 84)
Boston, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Playing career 1935–1954

Woodrow Wilson Clarence "Porky" Dumart (December 23, 1916 – October 19, 2001) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, most notably for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He is an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dumart's father Ezra Dumart was also a professional ice hockey plaer.

Amateur career[edit]

Dumart was raised in Kitchener, Ontario. He played his junior hockey with the Kitchener Greenshirts of the Ontario Hockey Association on a line with childhood friends Milt Schmidt and Bobby Bauer, which was dubbed the "Kraut Line" by Albert "Battleship" Leduc, a defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens. After two seasons with the Greenshirts, the entire Kraut Line was signed by the Bruins.

Professional career[edit]

After spending the bulk of the 1935–36 and 1936–37 seasons in the minor leagues with the Boston Cubs of the Can-Am League, Dumart made the Bruins for good in early 1937. Reunited with Schmidt and Bauer, the trio was one of the most famous lines in hockey history. Dumart - at 6'1", one of the largest wingers of his day - was the skilled checking and defensive component to the line, while contributing good scoring, and helped lead the Bruins to Stanley Cup victories in 1939 and 1941. His contributions were recognized by being named the left wing on the Second All-Star Team in both 1939–40 and 1940–41.

Then World War II intervened - leading to the line being renamed, briefly and abortively, the "Kitchener Kids" due to anti-German sentiment - and Dumart enlisted with teammates Schmidt, Bauer and Frank Brimsek. Joining the Royal Canadian Air Force halfway through the 1941–42 season, Dumart joined the Ottawa RCAF Flyers hockey team which challenged for the Allan Cup, Canada's senior league championship, and scored over a goal a game in leading the team to the title. He played briefly in the fall of 1942 for the Flyers before being shipped overseas, where he served until the end of the war.

Dumart returned in 1945 and played nine more seasons for Boston, and was named a Second Team All-Star for the third time in 1947.

His scoring skills diminishing in his final years, he ended his NHL career with Boston after the 1954 playoffs. He played one last stint the following season with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League, suiting up for fifteen games before hanging up his skates at last.

Retirement[edit]

Dumart retired having played sixteen NHL seasons in all, scoring 211 goals and 218 assists for 429 points in 772 games.

He settled in the Boston area, and remained active with charitable affairs, being the longtime coach of the Bruins' Alumni Association team. He was father of three: Jeff, Judy, and Bruce.

On his way to Ray Bourque Night, with his son Jeff Dumart, at the FleetCenter, Woody suddenly became ill with heart trouble and was taken to hospital, where he died on October 19, 2001.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Facts and achievements[edit]

  • Retired as the leading scoring left wing in Bruins' history and remains fourth in that category, as well as in games played.
  • Played in the first two annual NHL All-Star Games, in 1947 and 1948.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1933–34 Kitchener Empires OHA-Jr. 12 8 3 11 12 3 1 3 4 0
1934–35 Kitchener Greenshirts OHA-Jr. 17 17 11 28 10 3 3 1 4 2
1935–36 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1935–36 Boston Cubs Can-Am 46 11 10 21 15
1936–37 Boston Bruins NHL 17 4 4 8 2 3 0 0 0 0
1936–37 Providence Reds IAHL 34 4 7 11 10
1937–38 Boston Bruins NHL 48 13 14 27 6 3 0 0 0 0
1938–39 Boston Bruins NHL 46 14 15 29 2 12 1 3 4 6
1939–40 Boston Bruins NHL 48 22 21 43 16 6 1 0 1 0
1940–41 Boston Bruins NHL 40 18 15 33 2 11 1 3 4 9
1941–42 Boston Bruins NHL 35 14 15 29 8
1941–42 Ottawa RCAF Flyers OCHL 6 7 5 12 2
1941–42 Ottawa RCAF Flyers A-Cup 13 14 9 23 8
1942–43 Ottawa RCAF Flyers OHA-Sr. 6 6 5 11
1942–43 Millward-St. George Britain
1945–46 Boston Bruins NHL 50 22 12 34 2 10 4 3 7 0
1946–47 Boston Bruins NHL 60 24 28 52 12 5 1 1 2 8
1947–48 Boston Bruins NHL 59 21 16 37 14 5 0 0 0 0
1948–49 Boston Bruins NHL 59 11 12 23 6 5 3 0 3 0
1949–50 Boston Bruins NHL 69 14 25 39 14
1950–51 Boston Bruins NHL 70 20 21 41 7 6 1 2 3 0
1951–52 Boston Bruins NHL 39 5 8 13 0 7 0 1 1 0
1952–53 Boston Bruins NHL 62 5 9 14 2 11 0 2 2 0
1953–54 Boston Bruins NHL 69 4 3 7 6 4 0 0 0 0
1954–55 Providence Reds AHL 15 2 2 4 0
NHL totals 772 211 218 429 99 88 12 15 27 23

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