Russ Blinco

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Russ Blinco
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Born (1906-03-12)March 12, 1906
Grand-Mère, QC, CAN
Died June 28, 1982(1982-06-28) (aged 76)
Bedford, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Montreal Maroons
Playing career 1932–1939

Russell Percy Blinco (March 12, 1906 – June 28, 1982) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played six seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Maroons and Chicago Black Hawks. Blinco's name was inscribed on the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Maroons in 1935.

Playing career[edit]

Blinco began his hockey career with the local Grande-Mere Maroons in 1928-29. In 1929-30, he joined the Brooklyn Crescents of the USAHA. Blinco remained with the Crescents before joining the Windsor Bulldogs of the International Hockey League in 1932-33. Blinco also spent some time in 1932-33 with the Springfield Indians in the Canadian-American Hockey League. In 1933-34, Blinco recorded 11 points in 16 games with the Bulldogs before he was signed on by the Montreal Maroons. In his first season with the Maroons, Blinco recorded 23 points in 34 games, good enough to become the league's second recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy. In 1934-35, Blinco helped the Maroons reach the Stanley Cup Finals, where they swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in 3 games and won the Stanley Cup. In 1937, he took part in the Howie Morenz Memorial Game where the NHL All-Stars faced off against the Montreal All-Stars. Blinco would remain with the Maroons until 1938-39. He was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks along with teammates Baldy Northcott and Earl Robinson for $30,000 cash. Blinco would play in 48 games with the Black Hawks before retiring. Blinco was the first NHL player to wear spectacles while playing.[1]

He died in 1982.[2][3]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1926–27 McGill University MCHL 9 0 1 1 0
1928–29 Grand'Mere Maroons PIHL 5 4 0 4 2
1932–33 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 28 13 10 23 12
1932–33 Springfield Indians Can-Am 13 2 2 4 0
1933–34 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 16 6 5 11 4
1933–34 Montreal Maroons NHL 31 14 9 23 2 4 0 1 1 0
1934–35 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 13 14 27 4 7 2 2 4 2
1935–36 Montreal Maroons NHL 46 13 10 23 10 3 0 0 0 0
1936–37 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 6 12 18 2 5 1 0 1 2
1937–38 Montreal Maroons NHL 47 10 9 19 4
1938–39 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 3 12 15 2
NHL totals 268 59 66 125 24 19 3 3 6 4

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weekes, Don (2003). The Best and Worst of Hockey's Firsts: The Unofficial Guide. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781550548600. 
  2. ^ RBC Wall of Distinction
  3. ^ Quebec Death Index

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Preceded by
Carl Voss
NHL Rookie of the Year
1934
Succeeded by
Sweeney Schriner