Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Herb Cain
Born a year later than the records usually show, Cain was a tremendous player during his lengthy and successful career. His first team was the local St. Johns Separate School team. In Cains only season, St. John's scored 56 goals Cain scored them all!

He was put on the negotiation list for the Canadiens, but they let the Maroons sign him in 1933. Coach T.P. Gorman formed the explosive Green Line (Cain, Bob Gracie, and Gus Marker) and the English Montrealers won the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1935.

In 1939, Cain was sent to Boston for Charlie Sands, and he became one of the most popular players in town. At the time, he became the 13th player to score 200 career goals and won the scoring championship with a then-record 82 points. In 1946, he began a career in the AHL, playing for Hershey and winning the Calder Cup. He later coached the Junior Smoke Rings in Ontario for five years, winning three provincial championships.

Then, his life changed. In 1955 he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease and there was little hope of his survival. His weight plummeted from 205 to 130. But doctors in Ottawa were experimenting with a serum that had been used successfully with animals, and in desperation Cain agreed to try it himself. His health took a complete turn for the better. He gained back most of the weight, settled in Newmarket, got a job with a sheet metal company, and lived another thirty years. His hometown even named a street after him!


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Newmarket Redmen OHA-Jr. 7 7 2 9 6 6 11 0 11
1932-33 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 22 14 5 19 20 5 3 3 6 2
1933-34 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 4 5 9 14 4 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 11 4 2 6 17
1934-35 Montreal Maroons NHL 44 20 7 27 13 7 1 0 1 2
1934-35 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 6 1 3 4 6
1935-36 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 5 13 18 16 3 0 1 1 0
1936-37 Montreal Maroons NHL 42 13 17 30 18 5 1 1 2 0
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 47 11 19 30 10
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 13 14 27 26 3 0 0 0 2
1939-40 Boston Bruins NHL 48 21 10 31 30 6 1 3 4 2
1940-41 Boston Bruins NHL 41 8 10 18 6 11 3 2 5 5
1940-41 Hershey Bears AHL 1 1 0 1 0
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 34 8 10 18 2 5 1 0 1 0
1942-43 Boston Bruins NHL 45 18 18 36 19 7 4 2 6 0
1943-44 Boston Bruins NHL 48 36 46 82 4
1944-45 Boston Bruins NHL 50 32 13 45 16 7 5 2 7 0
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 48 17 12 29 4 9 0 2 2 2
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 59 36 30 66 19 11 9 6 15 9
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 49 19 19 38 25 2 0 1 1 0
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 49 25 35 60 10 11 4 6 10 6
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 41 12 14 26 8
NHL Totals 570 206 194 400 178 67 16 13 29 13


NHL Second All-Star Team (1944)
NHL - Scoring Leader (1944)
Montreal protested Cain's contract with Mtl. Maroons, claiming they owned his rights, October 3, 1934. NHL rights transferred to Montreal by NHL after ruling by NHL President Frank Calder, October 3, 1934. NHL rights traded to Mtl. Maroons by Montreal with Lionel Conacher for the rights to Nels Crutchfield, October 3, 1934. Traded to Montreal by Mtl. Maroons for cash, September 24, 1938. Traded to Boston by Montreal for Charlie Sands and Ray Getliffe, October 10, 1939.