Dave "Sweeney" Schriner was only a month old when his parents migrated to Calgary from their native Russia, and his birthplace caused more than a few headaches at the border during his professional hockey days.
As a youngster, Schriner's sports hero was a semi-pro first baseman named Bill Sweeney. It wasn't long before the locals were referring to Dave as "Lil Sweeney," soon to be shortened to "Sweeney."
Schriner enjoyed playing competitive football and soccer but growing up in the Canadian west meant that hockey was his first love. He began his hockey days as most boys did back then, playing on the frozen ponds or an outdoor city rink in his neighbourhood. All of his minor hockey was played in Calgary. He appeared in the Memorial Cup playdowns with the Calgary Canadians in 1930 and 1931, and was a member of the Calgary Broncs in the 1932 and 1933 Allan Cup tournament.
He made his NHL debut with the New York Americans in the 1934-35 season and was voted the league's rookie of the year. In just his second season in the league he captured his first of two successive league scoring titles. Schriner was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 1936 and 1941, and was a Second Team selection in 1937.
Schriner was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Americans for five players on May 18, 1939. He played a key role with the Leafs come from behind win over Detroit in the 1942 finals by scoring two goals in the seventh and deciding game in a 3-1 Toronto victory. He was with Toronto when the Leafs won the Cup again in 1945 and retired the following season. Schriner turned to coaching for a couple of seasons with the Lethbridge Maple Leafs of the Western Canada Senior Hockey League and then put the blades back on for one final season in 1948-49 with the Regina Capitals and a berth in the Allan Cup finals.
"Sweeney" Schriner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.