Edward J. "Eddie" Powers (1888 – January 17, 1943) was a Canadian professional lacrosse player, professional ice hockey player and coach. Powers was head coach of the Toronto St. Pats of the National Hockey League (NHL) for two seasons and minor professional league coach for 13 seasons, including championship seasons with the Boston Tigers (CAHL) and Syracuse Stars. He was an assistant coach, scout and hockey executive for the Toronto franchise.
Powers was born in Elora, Ontario. From the age of 16, Powers played senior lacrosse. He played with Victoria and Nelson in British Columbia. He returned east and started coaching lacrosse. He was coach of the 1926 Mann Cup championship team Weston Westonmen.
Powers' ice hockey coaching career began when he was employed as a youth with the Eaton's department store chain, coaching the store's own team. Powers moved on to coaching amateur teams. In 1919–20, he coached Toronto Parkdale's senior team. In 1920–21, he coached the Port Colborne intermediate team. He coached the Westminster Ice Hockey Club in Boston in 1921-1922 and led them to the US Championship.
In fall 1922, the University of Pennsylvania recruited Powers to coach its hockey and lacrosse teams. He took the job and coached the teams for two years, through the 1923-1924 season. Financial troubles at the university led Penn to disband the team, but Powers was offered his first job as a professional ice hockey coach, joining the Toronto St. Patricks for the 1924-1925 season. In 1926, Powers moved to Boston to coach the new Boston Tigers (Canadian-American Hockey League (CAHL) team. He coached in Boston for six seasons, winning the CAHL championship in 1929. Powers coached the New Haven Eagles in 1932–33 before moving to the Syracuse Stars organization. He coach edthe Stars from 1934 until 1939, winning the IAHL championship in 1937. He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization where he was the assistant coach in 1940–41 and during the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals. He returned to head coaching in the 1942–43 season for the New Haven Eagles until his death on January 17, 1943.
Powers' death coincided with the suspension of the Eagles by the AHL. Powers' health was poor but he travelled to a road game with the club on January 16 in Washington. On January 17, the day of the final game for the Eagles, Powers went out to buy a newspaper, and collapsed of a cerebral hemorrhage. He died an hour later. The final game went ahead as scheduled and the Eagles won the game 9–4 over the Providence Reds after a minute of silence for Powers. As scheduled, the team was disbanded by the American Hockey League the next day. At the time of his death, Powers had been considering a coaching job in the Quebec Senior Hockey League offered by T. P. Gorman, who knew him from his youth, playing against him in lacrosse. Coaches Hap Day of the Maple Leafs and Dick Irvin of the Montreal Canadiens both praised Powers as a "fine fellow", "a real gentleman" and "a great hockey player."
Powers was born in Elora, Ontario and moved to Toronto as a youth. Powers married Pearl Dennahower and was the father of one daughter (Audrie) and five sons, ( Rowan, James, Edward, Novey and Patrick), whom were in the RCAF at the time of his death. Powers was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Toronto St. Patricks||1924–25||30||19||11||0||-||38||2nd in NHL||Lost in first round|
|Toronto St. Patricks||1925–26||36||12||21||3||-||27||6th in NHL||Did not qualify|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Boston Tigers||1926–27||32||14||15||3||-||31||Did not qualify|
|Boston Tigers||1927–28||40||21||14||5||-||46||Lost in first round|
|Boston Tigers||1928–29||40||21||11||8||-||50||Won championship|
|Boston Tigers||1929–30||40||17||18||5||-||39||Lost in Final|
|Boston Tigers/Cubs||1930–31||40||14||22||4||-||32||Did not qualify|
|Boston Cubs||1931–32||40||21||16||3||-||45||Lost in Final|
|New Haven Eagles||1932–33||48||16||27||5||-||37||Did not qualify|
|Syracuse Stars||1934–35||44||20||20||4||-||44||Did not qualify|
|Syracuse Stars||1935–36||48||26||19||3||-||55||Lost in playoffs|
|Syracuse Stars||1936–37||48||27||16||5||-||59||Won championship|
|Syracuse Stars||1937–38||48||21||20||7||-||49||Lost in Final|
|Syracuse Stars||1938–39||54||26||19||9||-||61||Lost in first round|
|New Haven Eagles||1942–43||32||9||18||5||-||23||Team folded|
- "'Twas Tip by Powers That Sent Ross Into Kitchener". Toronto Star. January 18, 1943.
- ""Eddy" Powers Coaches Port Colborne Team". The Globe. December 10, 1920. p. 14.
- "Lack of Crabbing Irks Leafs' Coach". Calgary Herald. October 22, 1940. p. 7.
- "New Haven Coach Dies". Youngstown Vindicator. January 18, 1943. p. 8.
- "Break Up New Haven Team". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2.
- "Quebec Job Was Waiting". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2.
- "Its Veteran Mentor Dies". Windsor Daily Star. January 18, 1943. p. 2.
- "Powers, Edward J. (death notice)". Toronto Star. January 19, 1943. p. 24.
|Head coach of the Toronto St. Patricks