Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Odie Cleghorn
The multi-talented Odie Cleghorn lived and breathed hockey all his life, much like his older brother Sprague. Both brothers grew up playing in Montreal, with Odie becoming a forward, and Sprague a defenseman. Each had a passion for the game, unsurpassed during that era.

In 1909, Cleghorn moved to New York where he played with the Wanderers of the USAHA. In 1911 he began a six-year association with the Montreal Wanderers, where he often averaged better than a goal per game. After missing the 1917-18 season due to World War One, Cleghorn returned to hockey and got his first crack at the NHL, joining the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent. In 17 games, Cleghorn responded with 22 goals and 28 points. In seven years with the Canadiens, the team won the Stanley Cup once, in 1924.

After being released by the Canadiens in 1925, Cleghorn signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became the team's player/coach. In fact, he is credited as having also played a game in goal, when he replaced starter Roy Worters who was injured during the pre-game warm-up. Cleghorn allowed two goals in a 3-2 win over the Canadiens on February 23, 1926.

Odie Cleghorn was found dead in his bed just hours before his brother Sprague's funeral on July 13, 1956. Odie and Sprague were very close, "like twins" according to Canadiens coach Leo Dandurand. Its often been said that the stress of the loss of Sprague may have been the main factor contributing to his heart failure.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1908-09 Montreal Westmount CAHL
1909-10 New York Wanderers USAHA 8 15 0 15
1910-11 Renfrew Hockey Club NHA 16 20 0 20 66
1911-12 Montreal Wanderers NHA 17 23 0 23
1911-12 NHA All-Stars Exhib. 3 1 0 1 5
1912-13 Montreal Wanderers NHA 19 18 0 18 44
1913-14 Montreal Wanderers NHA 13 9 7 16 19
1914-15 Montreal Wanderers NHA 15 21 5 26 39 2 0 0 0 12
1915-16 Montreal Wanderers NHA 21 16 7 23 51
1916-17 Montreal Wanderers NHA 18 28 4 32 49
1917-18
1918-19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 22 6 28 22 5 7 1 8 3
1918-19 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 5 2 0 2 9
1919-20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 20 4 24 30
1920-21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 6 6 12 8
1921-22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 21 3 24 26
1922-23 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 19 6 25 18 2 0 0 0 2
1923-24 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 2 5 7 16 2 0 0 0 0
1923-24 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 2 2 0
1924-25 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 3 3 6 14 2 0 1 1 0
1924-25 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 17 2 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 0
1926-27 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 2 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 181 95 34 129 142 12 7 2 9 5


Brother of Sprague Traded to Mtl. Wanderers (NHA) by Quebec (NHA) for cash, January, 1911.
Granted wartime exemption on condition that he not play professional hockey in 1917-18. Rights retained by Mtl. Wanderers after NHA folded, November 26, 1917. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, December 9, 1918.
1923-24 Stanley Cup totals includes series with Calgary (WCHL) and Vancouver (PCHA).
Released by Montreal, September, 1925. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh and named player/coach, October 18, 1925.