October 27, 1918|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Died||May 20, 1973
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs|
Tobias Francis McCool (October 27, 1918 – May 20, 1973) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. He was born in Calgary, Alberta.
McCool played minor hockey in his hometown of Calgary with the Calgary Bronks of the Alberta Senior Hockey League. In 1937–38, McCool played in the Memorial Cup with the Calgary Canadians. In 1939–40, he enrolled at Gonzaga University and played hockey there from 1940 to 1942. In 1942–43, McCool enrolled in the army. He played for one season for the Calgary Currie Army before being deployed in 1943–44.
After returning in 1944–45, he signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the top goaltender for the Leafs as he led them through the season and all the way to the Stanley Cup. The Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games and McCool set a franchise record for most shutouts in the postseason. He also set a NHL record for most consecutive shutouts in the postseason with three, a record that has been tied but not beaten to this day. He also held another Stanley Cup record for the fewest goals allowed in the Final with nine. This stood until the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, when it was beaten by Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas. McCool also set another milestone as he became the first NHL goaltender to record an assist. At the end of the season, McCool was the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy.
After just playing in 22 games in 1945–46, he retired after just two years because of severe ulcers. After his retirement, he became an assistant publisher and general manager for The Calgary Albertan. He suffered from ulcers during his career, and it was confirmed that ulcers played a part in his death on May 20, 1973.
Awards and achievements
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1945.
- Stanley Cup champion in 1945.
- Shares NHL record for most consecutive shutouts in the postseason (3).
- Hold Toronto Maple Leafs record for most shutouts in the postseason (4).
Regular season and playoffs
|1937–38||Calgary Columbus Club||CCSHL||12||—||—||—||720||47||1||3.92||3||—||—||180||8||0||2.67|
|1942–43||Calgary Currie Army||ASHL||24||—||—||—||1440||81||1||3.37||5||2||3||300||20||0||4.00|
|1944–45||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||24||22||4||3000||161||4||3.22||13||8||5||807||30||4||2.23|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||22||10||9||3||1320||81||0||3.68||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Shilton, Kristen (June 20, 2017). "Matthews would join diverse group of Leafs Calder winners". tsn.ca. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- "FRANK M'COOL". New York Times. May 21, 1973. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Kaufman, Bill (January 15, 2018). "Frank McCool Arena remains on ice, closed almost two years". Calgary Herald. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Picture of Frank McCool's Name on the 1945 Stanley Cup Plaque
August 'Gus' Bodnar
|Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy