United States Coast Guard Cutters

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United States Coast Guard Cutters
United States Coast Guard Cutters hockey logo.png
CityBaltimore, Maryland
LeagueEastern Amateur Hockey League
Operated1942–1943
Home arenaCarlin's Iceland
ColorsRed, white, and blue
              
Head coachMel Harwood
Championships
Regular season titles1 (1942–43)
Playoff championships1 (1942–43)
1943–44 team photo of the United States Coast Guard Cutters hockey team.

The United States Coast Guard Cutters were a senior amateur ice hockey team operated by the United States Coast Guard Yard on Curtis Bay, Baltimore. The team played in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League for parts of two seasons, using Carlin's Iceland for home games.[1] The Cutters were a separate team from the established Coast Guard Bears of the United States Coast Guard Academy.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 1942 by personnel officer Lieutenant Commander C.R. MacLean, of the Coast Guard in Curtis Bay, and replaced the void in the EAHL when the Baltimore Orioles folded.[2][3] The Cutters were coached by Mel Harwood, a former goaltender for the Orioles,[4] and a former NHL referee known for officiating game four of the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals.[2][3] Players were required to complete daytime military duties, in addition to playing on the team.[3] The team was accompanied by their own version of the United States Coast Guard Band, that played the “Semper Paratus march," whenever the Cutters scored a goal.[2][3]

In the 1942–43 season, Joe Kucler led the league in goals (40), assists (41), and points (81).[5] The Cutters played the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in an exhibition game on January 6, 1943 in Baltimore, losing 8–3.[2][3] The Cutters finished first place in the EAHL, winning the Walker Cup.[1][3] In addition to the EAHL title, the Cutters won two championships of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States, in 1943 and 1944.[2][3] Eleven games into the second season, the Cutters withdrew from league play on November 28, 1943, but still played exhibition games.[6] The Cutters team disbanded early in 1944, when the World War II effort needed reinforcements.[2][3]

Players[edit]

The Cutters team produced eight National Hockey League players.[7] Three Cutters players were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, including Frank Brimsek,[8] Art Coulter,[9] and John Mariucci.[10] Five Cutters players were inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, including Frank Brimsek,[11] Bob Dill,[12] John Mariucci,[13] Hub Nelson,[14] and Eddie Olson.[15]

List of notable players

Results[edit]

Season-by-season results:[6][16]

Season GP W L T Pts Pct GF GA Standing
1942–43 46 32 13 1 65 0.707 223 138 1st, EAHL
1943–44 11 7 4 0 14 0.636 66 30 withdrew
TOTALS 57 39 17 1 79 0.693 289 168 1 Walker Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters hockey team statistics". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fischler, Stan (2013-04-04). "Making Waves on the Ice". Coast Guard Compass. The Hockey News. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Coast Guard Cutters". Hockey Central. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  4. ^ "Mel Harwood hockey statistics and profile". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  5. ^ "EHL 1942-43 League Leaders". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  6. ^ a b "1943-44 Eastern Hockey League [EHL] standings". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters all-time player list". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  8. ^ "Brimsek, Frank — Honoured Player". Legends of Hockey. HHOF. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  9. ^ "Coulter, Art — Honoured Player". Legends of Hockey. HHOF. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  10. ^ "Mariucci, John — Honoured Builder". Legends of Hockey. HHOF. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  11. ^ "FRANK BRIMSEK". US Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  12. ^ "ROBERT E. "BOB" DILL". US Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  13. ^ "JOHN MARIUCCI". US Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  14. ^ "HUBERT "HUB" NELSON". US Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  15. ^ "EDWARD "EDDIE" OLSON". US Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  16. ^ "1942-43 Eastern Hockey League [EHL] standings". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25.

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