Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cal Gardner
After three years of junior hockey in Winnipeg during the early forties, Cal Gardner entered the military for the duration of World War II.

Fresh out of the service in 1945, he joined the New York Rovers of the EHL. There he joined forces with wingers Rene Trudel and Church Russell to form the "Atomic Line". Together, they seared their way across the league as Gardner netted 73 points in 40 games.

How could New York Rangers GM Lester Patrick resist such prospects? With his club in the dumps, he couldn't. So he brought the Atomic lads to Broadway. Their collective impact, however, was minimal at best and only Gardner survived beyond three seasons.

After a little more than two campaigns in New York, he was sent to the Leafs?home of the highlights of his career. Over the next four years Gardner, known as "Pearly", notched 163 points in 247 games, made two All-Star game appearances and, celebrated three Stanley Cup victories.

In 1952, he joined the lowly Blackhawks for one season before settling in for the duration with the Boston Bruins.

After leaving the NHL, Gardner bounced around the minors with the Springfield Indians, the Providence Reds, the Cleveland Barons of the AHL and the Kingston Frontenacs of the EPHL.

Years later, Gardner's two sons, Dave and Paul followed their father's path to the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1940-41 St. Boniface Canadiens WJrHL
1941-42 Winnipeg CUAC WJrHL 9 6 3 9 11
1942-43 Winnipeg Esquires WJrHL 15 18 9 27 37 6 8 5 13 2
1942-43 Winnipeg Rangers M-Cup 10 11 3 14 30
1943-44 Port Arthur Navy TBSHL 10 18 24 42 15 2 5 3 8 4
1943-44 Port Arthur Navy M-Cup 2 5 2 7 4
1944-45
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 16 8 2 10 2
1945-46 New York Rovers EAHL 40 41 32 73 28
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 52 13 16 29 30
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 58 7 18 25 71 5 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 13 22 35 35 9 2 5 7 0
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 7 19 26 12 7 1 0 1 4
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 23 28 51 42 11 1 1 2 4
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 15 26 41 40 3 0 0 0 2
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 11 24 35 60 7 0 2 2 4
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 70 14 20 34 62 4 1 1 2 0
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 70 16 22 38 40 5 0 0 0 4
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 70 15 21 36 57
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 20 32 66 10 2 1 3 2
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 69 24 57 81 49 13 4 12 16 4
1958-59 Providence Reds AHL 68 24 39 63 73
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 65 32 61 93 57
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 25 39 64 24 4 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 696 154 238 392 517 61 7 10 17 20


Father of Dave and Paul
EAHL First All-Star Team (1946)
John Carlin Trophy (EAHL - Top Scorer) (1946)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1958) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1948, 1949)
Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers with Bill Juzda, Rene Trudell and the rights to Frank Mathers for Wally Stanowski and Moe Morris, April 26, 1948.
Missed majority of 1949-50 due to broken jaw vs. Montreal, November 11, 1949. Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Ray Hannigan, Al Rollins and Gus Mortson for Harry Lumley, September 11, 1952. Traded to Boston by Chicago for cash, June 26, 1953.
Named playing coach of Springfield (AHL), July 27, 1957.