Ehrhardt Heller

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Ehrhardt Heller
Born (1910-06-02)June 2, 1910
Berlin, ON, CAN
Died June 15, 1980(1980-06-15) (aged 70)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for NHL
New York Rangers
AHL
Cleveland Barons
Indianapolis Capitals
New Haven Ramblers
Playing career 1929–1956

Ehrhardt Henry "Ott" Heller (June 2, 1910 – June 15, 1980) was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. Originally a right wing, Heller learned to play as a defenseman early in his career.[1]

Career[edit]

Heller started his National Hockey League career with the New York Rangers in 1931, signing with the team as a free agent on November 2, 1931.[1] He would his entire career with the Rangers and retire after the 1946 season. In 1941, he was a member of the NHL All-Star Team. He won 2 Stanley Cups in 1933 and 1940. He served as Captain of the Rangers from 1942 to 1945.

Coaching[edit]

After leaving the Rangers in 1946, Heller had several head coaching stints in the minors, where he often had the dual role of player-coach. He led the Indianapolis Capitals to the Calder Cup as a player-coach during the 1949-50 AHL season, a team that had future Hockey Hall Of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in net for 61 out of a possible 70 games.

Heller finished his career with the Chatham Sr. Maroons in 1956, scoring two assists in seven games.

Death[edit]

Heller died on June 15, 1980 in his hometown of Kitchener, less than two weeks after his 70th birthday.

Legacy[edit]

In 2009, Heller was ranked No. 25 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • 1932–33, Stanley Cup champion (New York Rangers)
  • 1936–37, Most Penalty Minutes (New York Rangers - tie with Joe Cooper)
  • 1938–39, Most Assists (New York Rangers)
  • 1939–40, Stanley Cup champion (New York Rangers)
  • 1940–41, NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 1942–45, Team Captain (New York Rangers)
  • 1946–47, AHL Second All-Star Team
  • 1947–48, AHL First All-Star Team
  • 1949–50, Calder Cup champion (Indianapolis Capitals)
  • 1953–54, IHL Second All-Star Team

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1928–29 Kitchener Empires OHA-Jr.
1929–30 Springfield Indians Can-Am 26 6 2 8 32
1930–31 Springfield Indians Can-Am 38 16 15 31 85 7 0 2 2 26
1931–32 Springfield Indians Can-Am 21 7 7 14 30
1931–32 New York Rangers NHL 21 2 2 4 9 7 3 1 4 8
1932–33 New York Rangers NHL 40 5 7 12 31 8 3 0 3 10
1933–34 New York Rangers NHL 48 2 5 7 29 2 0 0 0 0
1934–35 New York Rangers NHL 47 3 11 14 31 4 0 1 1 4
1935–36 New York Rangers NHL 43 2 11 13 40
1936–37 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 12 17 42 9 0 0 0 11
1937–38 New York Rangers NHL 48 2 14 16 68 3 0 1 1 2
1938–39 New York Rangers NHL 48 0 23 23 42 7 0 1 1 10
1939–40 New York Rangers NHL 47 5 14 19 26 12 0 3 3 12
1940–41 New York Rangers NHL 48 2 16 18 42 3 0 1 1 4
1941–42 New York Rangers NHL 35 6 5 11 22 6 0 0 0 0
1942–43 New York Rangers NHL 45 4 14 18 14
1943–44 New York Rangers NHL 50 8 27 35 29
1944–45 New York Rangers NHL 45 7 12 19 26
1945–46 New York Rangers NHL 34 2 3 5 14
1945–46 St. Paul Saints USHL 16 2 5 7 4 6 0 1 1 4
1946–47 New Haven Ramblers AHL 64 7 29 36 40 3 0 0 0 6
1947–48 New Haven Ramblers AHL 67 6 25 31 40 4 1 0 1 6
1948–49 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 55 6 21 27 24 2 0 0 0 4
1949–50 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 30 0 1 1 6 4 0 0 0 2
1950–51 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 48 4 12 16 34 2 0 1 1 2
1951–52 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 48 4 15 19 40
1952–53 New Haven Nutmegs EAHL 21 2 6 8 14
1952–53 Kitchener Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 24 3 10 13 20
1952–53 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 0 0 0 2
1953–54 Marion Barons IHL 64 4 25 29 70 5 0 2 2 6
1954–55 Valleyfield Braves QHL 18 0 3 3 4
1954–55 Cleveland Barons AHL 6 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 4
1954–55 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 7 0 2 2 10
AHL totals 318 27 104 131 186 23 1 2 3 26
NHL totals 647 55 176 231 465 61 6 8 14 61

References[edit]

Preceded by
Art Coulter
New York Rangers captain
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Succeeded by
Neil Colville

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