Ralph Warburton

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Ralph Warburton
Born (1924-02-07) February 7, 1924 (age 92)
Cranston, RI, USA
Position Right Wing
Played for Worcester Warriors
Milwaukee Clarks
Boston Olympics
National team  United States
Playing career 1943–1955

Ralph A. Warburton (born February 7, 1924) is a retired American ice hockey right wing, and was a member of the United States national team at the 1948 Winter Olympics. He was born in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Playing career[edit]

College career[edit]

Warburton played right wing for Dartmouth College, he became part of a powerhouse line for Dartmouth with eventual Olympic teammates, Bruce Mather at center and Bruce Cunliffe on left wing.[1] This line not only led Dartmouth in scoring for two seasons,[2] but helped Dartmouth achieve a remarkable 46 game unbeaten streak (45-0-1) from 1941–42 to 1944–45.[3] Warburton set a career high for points in a single game on January 20, 1945, as he registered 7 points against Cornell University, with five goals and two assists.[4] For the 1946–47 season Warburton was named be co-captain of the team.[5] During this season he added two more four-goal performances against Army and Boston College. The two high scoring games came in close succession, with the first occurring on February 8, 1946 and the second coming just three days later on February 11, 1946.[6] Dartmouth ended the 1946–47 season as the number one ranked team in the nation. The number one ranking was more significant at the time, since it was prior to the advent of NCAA hockey championships.[1]

1948 Olympics[edit]

In 1948 Warburton headed to St. Moritz, Switzerland to take part in the Olympic Games with his fellow line mates. Unfortunately due to a conflict over what truly constituted an amateur athlete, two United States teams were sent. It was a situation that nearly caused the cancellation of the entire ice hockey tournament at the 1948 Olympics.[7] Eventually a compromise was made and Warburton's squad was allowed to compete, but were ineligible for medal contention.[8]

Later career[edit]

Warburton continued to play hockey after the Olympics first with the Milwaukee Clarks and later was reunited with Bruce Mather on the Boston Olympics.[1] Warburton's best post-college year came during the 1950–51 season while playing for the Olympics in the Eastern Hockey League. In that year Warburton finished in the top ten in all three major offensive statistical categories. He ranked second in goals (33), tenth in assists (30), and sixth in points (63).[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1943–1947 Dartmouth College NCAA Statistics unavailable
1948 U.S. National Team Oly 8 16 5 21 6 N/A
1948–49 Milwaukee Clarks IHL 32 28 13 41 38
1949–50 Milwaukee Clarks EHL 51 20 28 48 24 14 4 7 11 8
1950–51 Boston Olympics EHL 54 33 30 63 24 6 4 0 4 6
1954–55 Worcester Warriors EHL Statistics unavailable
EHL totals 137 81 71 152 86 20 8 7 15 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ralph Warburton Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Mather". United States Hockey Hall of Fame. 
  3. ^ DeGange, Jack (November 12, 2005). "1941-42 Season: Turmoil & Titles". Dartmouth College. 
  4. ^ "6 Point Games". Dartmouth College. November 6, 2002. 
  5. ^ "Dartmouth Team Records by Year". Dartmouth College. October 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ "4 Goal Games". Dartmouth College. November 22, 2003. 
  7. ^ "USA sends two teams to the 1948 Olympics". IIHF. 
  8. ^ Findling & Pelle (2004), p. 317
  9. ^ "1950-51 EHL League Leaders". HockeyDB.com. 

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