Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Cooper
In 1934-35, 20-year-old Joe Cooper began his pro hockey career in New York playing in the EHL. In 21 games he had five goals and 19 points while racking up 70 minutes in penalties. At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Cooper was one of the biggest and strongest players of his day, and he used his physical superiority whenever possible.

In 1935-36, he joined the Philadelphia Ramblers of the CAHL where he was known as one of the toughest opponents to play against. Many opposing forwards dreaded having to rush the net, or, even worse, face Cooper along the back boards. He had a one-game tryout with the NHL's New York Rangers and impressed team officials.

The Rangers recognized this toughness and put him on their roster for the 1936-37 season. In 48 games, he picked up three assists and 42 minutes in penalties. The following season, he scored his first three NHL goals.

In 1938-39, Cooper joined the Chicago Blackhawks but played the majority of the year back in Philadelphia with the Ramblers in the IAHL. In 1939-40, Cooper started 44 games for the Blackhawks where he scored four goals and eleven points. He played another five years in a Blackhawks' uniform before returning to the New York Rangers in 1946-47.

Cooper played one final year of professional hockey in the AHL in 1947-48 with St. Louis-Hershey. In 414 NHL games, he netted 30 goals and 96 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Winnipeg K of C MJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Winnipeg K of C MJHL 11 8 3 11 24 3 0 1 1 2
1933-34 Selkirk Jr. Fishermen MJHL 13 12 3 15 28 5 3 4 7 17
1933-34 Selkirk Fishermen MHL-Sr. 1 0 0 0 6
1934-35 New York Crescents EAHL 21 5 14 19 70 7 5 0 5 16
1935-36 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1935-36 Philadelphia Ramblers Can-Am 48 5 10 15 86 4 1 0 1 6
1936-37 New York Rangers NHL 48 0 3 3 42 9 1 1 2 12
1937-38 New York Rangers NHL 46 3 2 5 56 3 0 0 0 4
1938-39 Philadelphia Ramblers IAHL 35 8 15 23 50
1938-39 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 17 3 3 6 10
1939-40 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 4 7 11 59 2 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 45 5 5 10 66 5 1 0 1 8
1941-42 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 6 14 20 58 3 0 2 2 2
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos OCHL 12 4 4 8 22
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos Al-Cup 12 4 6 10 18
1943-44 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 13 1 0 1 17 9 1 1 2 18
1943-44 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 10 0 1 1 18
1944-45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 4 17 21 50
1945-46 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 2 7 9 46 4 0 1 1 14
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 59 2 8 10 38
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 24 2 8 10 20
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 29 5 6 11 36 2 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 420 30 66 96 442 35 3 5 8 58


EAHL First All-Star Team (1935)
Can-Am First All-Star Team (1936)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 24, 1935. Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers for Alex Levinsky and $5,000, January 16, 1939. Claimed on waivers by Boston from Chicago, September 7, 1945. Traded to Chicago by Boston for cash, October, 1945. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago for cash, November 1, 1946. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by NY Rangers with Ab DeMarco for cash, May 5, 1947. Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Cleveland (AHL) with Babe Pratt for Hy Buller, December 24, 1947.