May 11, 1917|
Lac Pelletier, SK, CAN
|Died||May 8, 2007
Swift Current, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers|
Harold Lloyd Ailsby (May 11, 1917 – May 8, 2007) was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and coach. A career minor leaguer, he played 3 games for the New York Rangers of the NHL in the 1951–52 season.
Lloyd Ailsby played junior hockey in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for the Moose Jaw Canucks in 1934-35, and the following year for the Regina Capitals of the Southern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League. In 1936, he was first signed by the New York Rangers, and played for their affiliate teams, the New York Rovers and Philadelphia Ramblers for the next few years. With the outbreak of World War II, Ailsby served with the Canadian military, and missed a couple of seasons. After the war, Ailsby joined the St. Paul Saints of the old USHL, and played for them when they won the league championship in 1949. Ailsby was a Second Team All Star every year he played for St. Paul.
In 1951, the Rangers brought him back to the Rovers, and installed him as a playing coach for them. In December 1951, the Rangers called him up, and he played three games for them, wearing number 17, without scoring any points. Ailsby returned to the Rovers, and went on to serve as playing coach in Seattle and later with the Johnstown Jets of the EHL. He was named an EHL First Team All Star in 1957. He returned to the Rovers as a non-playing coach in 1960-61, and was replaced after the season by Rovers defenceman John Muckler, as another playing coach for the newly renamed Long Island Ducks.
While in the Rangers organization, Ailsby met Aline Adams, an attendant at Madison Square Garden, and married her in 1941. After his hockey career was over, Ailsby and his family returned to Saskatchewan, where they operated a farm outside of Swift Current. Ailsby remained a hockey fan and supporter, and in 1986 was part of a group of local businessmen instrumental in securing the return of the Swift Current Broncos to the city from Lethbridge. Ailsby was on the Broncos' board of directors when they won the Memorial Cup in 1989.
Ailsby died in 2007, 3 days before turning 90, and was buried in Swift Current.
|1934-35||Moose Jaw Canucks||SSJHL||6||3||3||6||0||6||4||1||5||2|
|1936-37||New York Rovers||EHL||47||11||21||32||0||3||2||5||7||2|
|1937-38||New York Rovers||EHL||56||28||22||50||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1938-39||New York Rovers||EHL||53||17||13||30||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1943-44||Moose Jaw Victorias||SSHL||9||3||5||8||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1945-46||St. Paul Saints||USHL||53||4||19||23||23||6||0||3||3||0|
|1946-47||New Haven Ramblers||AHL||53||4||16||20||36||3||0||2||2||0|
|1947-48||St. Paul Saints||USHL||65||7||26||33||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1948-49||St. Paul Saints||USHL||66||5||32||37||14||7||0||3||3||0|
|1949-50||St. Paul Saints||USHL||68||5||32||37||32||3||0||3||3||0|
|1950-51||St. Paul Saints||USHL||47||8||17||25||8||4||0||1||1||4|
|1951-52||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1951-52||New York Rovers||EHL||27||1||12||13||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1951-52||New York Rovers||EHL||Player-Head||61||25||34||2|
|1955-56||Johnstown Jets||EHL||Player-Head||64||32||32||0||Lost in round 1|
|1956-57||Johnstown Jets||EHL||Player-Head||64||31||33||0||Lost in round 1|
|1960-61||New York Rovers||EHL||Head||64||18||45||1|
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