Frank Heffernan

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Frank Heffernan
Born James Francis Heffernan
(1892-01-12)January 12, 1892
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Died December 21, 1938(1938-12-21) (aged 46)
New York City, NY, USA
Occupation Former ice hockey coach

James Francis Heffernan (January 12, 1892 – December 21, 1938) was a Canadian professional hockey defenceman and coach.

From Peterborough, Ontario, Heffernan played junior hockey in his home town and then played at the senior level in Toronto with the Toronto Rugby and Athletic Association (TR&AA) club (1912 to 1914) and the Toronto Victorias (1914–15). He played in the United States Amateur Hockey Association from 1915 to 1918 with the New York Crescents and New York Wanderers, before returning to Canada and joining the senior amateur Toronto St. Patricks in the Ontario Hockey Association.

In December 1919, a group affiliated with the St. Pats took over the Toronto franchise in the National Hockey League, renaming the team the Toronto St. Patricks with Heffernan as player-coach and co-owner. The NHL credits Heffernan with coaching 12 games, with five wins and seven losses. He was replaced as coach during the season by Harvey Sproule, and sold his stake in the team in December 1920. The club would become the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927. Heffernan was said to be joining the rival Canadian Hockey League, but it never got off the ground.

Heffernan was also a competitive football player with the TR&AA club, winning the Ontario Rugby Football Union senior championship. He died in 1938 in a New York City hotel room and is buried in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in his native Peterborough, Ontario.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR 1919–20 12 5 7 0 - (24) 3rd in NHL (resigned)

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Preceded by
Dick Carroll
Head coach of the Toronto St. Patricks
Succeeded by
Harvey Sproule