Mummery with the Toronto Arenas.
August 25, 1889|
Chicago, IL, USA
|Died||December 9, 1945
Brandon, MB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Bulldogs
Harold "Mum" Mummery (August 25, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois - December 9, 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. Mummery played professionally from 1911 until 1923, including six seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Blueshirts, Toronto Arenas, Quebec Bulldogs, Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Tigers. He was a three-time O'Brien Cup champion and a two-time winner of the Stanley Cup.
At the time of his career, Mummery was the largest player ever in the NHA and NHL, playing at 245 pounds in his NHL years and he was known to eat two steaks before hockey games. Mummery appeared in three games as an NHL goaltender in an era when teams didn't dress a backup netminder, making him the skater to have played the most games in net. He suited up as a goaltender twice with Quebec and once with Hamilton.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mummery moved to Brandon, Manitoba at an early age. He first played hockey at the senior-level for the Brandon Elks in 1907–08. From there he moved to Fort William, Ontario to play a season with the Fort William Forts in the Northern Ontario Hockey League. He returned to the prairies playing for Brandon and Moose Jaw in minor professional leagues. In 1912, he joined the Quebec Bulldogs of the National Hockey Association (NHA). In his rookie season the Bulldogs won the O'Brien Cup and successfully defended the Stanley Cup championship. He played with the Bulldogs until he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1916. The Canadiens won the O'Brien Cup that season but lost to the Seattle Metropolitans in the Stanley Cup championship.
Before the beginning of the 1917–18 season the NHA ceased operations and the owners formed the National Hockey League (NHL). The players from the Quebec Bulldogs were dispersed to teams in the new NHL and Mummery was loaned to the Toronto Blueshirts club, now run by the Toronto Arena Company. The club would go on to win the Stanley Cup in a challenge series against the Vancouver Millionaires of the PCHA. After the season the Arena company formed the Toronto Arena Hockey Club and Mummery signed for the 1918–19 season. Unfortunately, the Arenas only managed to win 5 of their games over the course of the 18 game schedule and with poor attendance figures the team officially withdrew from the league on February 20, 1919.
In 1919–20 the Quebec Bulldogs returned and joined the NHL making it a four team league once again. The NHL re-assigned former Bulldogs players from the NHA, who were now playing in the NHL, back to the team. Mummery was one of those players. When the Quebec team was sold at the end of the 1919-20 season and transferred to Hamilton, Mummery was traded to the Montreal Canadiens where he played the 1920–21 NHL season. He was traded back to the Hamilton Tigers before the start of the 1921-22 season, playing parts of two season there before another trade in 1923 sent him to the Saskatoon Sheiks of the West Coast Hockey League. He played four games for Saskatoon in 1922–23 and retired.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and achievements
- Stanley Cup Championships (1913 - Quebec, & 1918 - Toronto)
- O'Brien Cup NHA championships (1913 - Quebec, 1917 - Montreal Canadiens, 1918 - Toronto Blueshirts)
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: the ultimate A-Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto, Ontario: Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
- Podnieks, p. 609