Carl Voss

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Carl Voss
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1974
Born (1907-01-06)January 6, 1907
Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 13, 1993(1993-09-13) (aged 86)
Lake Park, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Ottawa Senators
St. Louis Eagles
New York Americans
Montreal Maroons
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1926–1938

Carl Potter Voss (January 6, 1907 in Chelsea, Massachusetts – September 13, 1993 in Lake Park, Florida) was an American ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Voss was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and he moved to Canada when he was a teenager. In 1925-26, Voss helped Queen's University's hockey team reach the Memorial Cup finals where they were defeated 2-1 by the Calgary Canadians. After a short stint with the Toronto Marlboros in the Ontario Hockey Association, Voss was signed by Conn Smythe of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1926-27 of the National Hockey League. He played only a total of 14 games with the Leafs as he spent much of his time in the minors for five years. Voss was a leading player with Toronto's affiliate teams. He played in the Canadian Professional Hockey League with the Toronto Falcons and the London Panthers and the Buffalo Bisons of the International Hockey League. Voss led the Bisons to back to back to back championships in 1930-31 and 1931-32. Voss led the IHL in scoring in 1931-32 and was also named to the First All-Star Team.

In 1932-33, Voss finally earned a full-time NHL roster spot with the New York Rangers. Ten games in, he was sold to the Detroit Red Wings where he had a great season, scoring 20 points in 38 games. Voss became the league's first rookie of the year award winner that season. In 1933-34, Voss played in eight games with the Red Wings before being traded to the Ottawa Senators for cash and player Cooney Weiland. From then on, he was traded back and forth in the NHL. He saw action with the St. Louis Eagles, New York Americans, and the Montreal Maroons before settling in with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1937-38. He helped the Blackhawks reach the Stanley Cup finals that season. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in game four against the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that, Voss won his first Stanley Cup. Next season, Voss injured his knee in training camp and the injury turned out to be career ending. Voss retired in the fall of 1938 after playing in 261 games in the NHL.


Few realize that Voss was also an excellent football player. While at university he played 4 seasons (1924 to 1927) with the Queen's Golden Gaels. This included a victory in the 1924 12th Grey Cup. Voss has his name engraved on the Grey Cup for this season.

This makes Voss, along with Lionel Conacher, one of only two people to have their name engraved on both the Stanley Cup and the Grey Cup as players. Normie Kwong is on the Grey Cup as a player 4 times (3 with the Edmonton Eskimos and once with the Calgary Stampeders) and as an owner/manager once on the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames, while Wayne Gretzky is on the Stanley Cup as a player 4 times (with the Edmonton Oilers) and as an owner/manager once on the Grey Cup (with the Toronto Argonauts).

Post-playing career[edit]

After retirement, Voss joined the U.S branch of the Canadian Cycle and Motor Company (CCM). For the next ten years, Voss was their main principal agent associated with hockey teams across the United States. He also served as a referee during his stay with the CCM as he refereed games in the American Hockey League, California Hockey League and various college games. Eventually Voss, moved up the ranks of hockey administration and he replaced Jim Hendy of the United States Hockey League and he also became a consultant to on-ice officials. After the USHL suspended operations in 1951, he joined the St. Louis Flyers of the AHL as manager and coach while continuing to work as a consultant to on-ice officials. His administrative qualities caught the eyes of the National Hockey League and he was offered the job of referee-in-chief of the NHL. During his 15-year tenures as referee-in-chief he implemented a wide range of changes to the league's officiating structure. Voss scouted the minor leagues for potential NHL officials and under his watch, the number of on-ice officials increased from 10 to 23. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974 as a builder for his contribution to ice hockey.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1924–25 Queen's University LOVHL
1925–26 Kingston Frontenacs OHA-Sr.
1926–27 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
1926–27 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 0 0 0 0
1927–28 Toronto Falcons Can-Pro 23 3 4 7 15 2 0 0 0 2
1928–29 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1928–29 London Panthers Can-Pro 42 11 9 20 44
1929–30 Buffalo Bisons IHL 42 14 8 22 22 7 3 0 3 6
1930–31 Buffalo Bisons IHL 47 16 10 26 46 6 3 3 6 8
1931–32 Buffalo Bisons IHL 46 18 23 41 53 6 1 5 6 7
1932–33 New York Rangers NHL 10 2 1 3 4
1932–33 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 6 14 20 6 4 1 1 2 0
1933–34 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 0 2 2 2
1933–34 Ottawa Senators NHL 40 7 16 23 10
1934–35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 48 13 18 31 14
1935–36 New York Americans NHL 46 3 9 12 10 5 0 0 0 0
1936–37 Montreal Maroons NHL 20 0 2 2 4 5 1 0 1 0
1937–38 Montreal Maroons NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1937–38 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 34 3 8 11 0 10 2 3 5 0
IHL totals 135 48 41 89 121 19 7 8 15 21
NHL totals 261 34 70 104 50 24 5 3 8 0


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Preceded by
New Award
NHL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Russ Blinco