Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Les Cunningham
Les Cunningham was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 4th 1913 and went on to have a highly successful career in the American Hockey League. Cunningham spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bisons then made his NHL debut in 1936 with the New York Americans.

Cunningham played 23 games and scored one goal and 8 assists for the Americans and spent the rest of his season in the AHL with the Cleveland Falcons.

After spending the next two seasons in Cleveland he was acquired by the Chicago Black Hawks who gave him his second, and last, NHL opportunity.

Cunningham scored six goals and 17 points in 37 contests with the Black Hawks. He was held scoreless in one playoff game with Chicago, the only NHL playoff experience of his career. At seasons end his rights were sent back to Cleveland where he would play the next seven seasons with the Barons.

Cunningham led the league in scoring in 1941 and was named to his first of four successive All-Star Teams. Cunningham left the Barons in 1947 and signed on with the Pacific Coast Hockey League's San Francisco Shamrocks for his final two years of professional hockey.

In 1948, following the first AHL season without Cunningham in seven years, the American Hockey League first presented the Les Cunningham Plaque awarded annually to the league's Most Valuable Player.

Upon his retirement Cunningham returned to the game to coach the Brandon Wheat Kings for the 1949-50 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Calgary Jimmies CCJHL 12 3 2 5 15 3 1 0 1 6
1931-32 Calgary Jimmies M-Cup 8 4 0 4 4
1932-33 Regina Pats S-SJHL 3 3 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 0
1932-33 Regina Pats M-Cup 13 5 0 5 12
1933-34 Saskatoon Elites N-SSHL 20 16 10 26 18 4 2 0 2 4
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons IHL 42 12 12 24 34
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons IHL 37 9 13 22 37 5 1 1 2 0
1936-37 Cleveland Barons IAHL 20 4 4 8 17
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 23 1 8 9 19
1937-38 Cleveland Barons IAHL 48 19 28 47 55 2 1 2 3 0
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 52 26 20 46 49 9 6 4 10 0
1939-40 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 37 6 11 17 2 1 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Cleveland Barons AHL 56 22 42 64 10 9 3 4 7 2
1941-42 Cleveland Barons AHL 56 25 35 60 23 5 4 2 6 4
1942-43 Cleveland Barons AHL 55 35 47 82 24 4 2 2 4 0
1943-44 Cleveland Barons AHL 52 26 52 78 13 11 6 4 10 0
1944-45 Cleveland Barons AHL 56 35 45 80 4 11 3 8 11 2
1945-46 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 33 44 77 10 7 4 6 10 5
1946-47 Cleveland Barons AHL 61 8 29 37 11
1947-48 San Francisco Shamrocks PCHL 39 15 24 39 27 3 0 5 5 2
1948-49 San Francisco Shamrocks PCHL 9 4 4 8 14
1949-50 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL
NHL Totals 60 7 19 26 21 1 0 0 0 0


AHL Second All-Star Team (1941, 1943, 1944, 1945)
AHL First All-Star Team (1942)
Traded to NY Americans by Cleveland (IAHL) for Lloyd Klein, January 14, 1937. Traded to Cleveland (IAHL) by NY Americans for cash, October, 1937. Claimed by Chicago from Cleveland (IAHL) in Inter-League Draft, May 14, 1939. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Chicago for cash, May 12, 1940.
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