Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ray Getliffe
Forward Ray Getliffe played nearly 400 NHL games for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens in the 30s and 40s. He was a fine goal scorer who could check and battle for the puck along the boards and in the slot.

Born in Galt, Ontario, Getliffe spent his amateur days with the Startford Midgets of the OHA and later played senior hockey in Charlottetown, PEI and St. John, New Brunswick. In 1935-36 he dressed for one game in Boston but otherwise skated for the London Tecumsehs of the IAHL and the Boston Cubs of the Can-Am loop.

The clever centre/left-winger scored 16 goals for Boston as a rookie in 1936-37 and remained a regular for two more years. In 1938-39 he formed a solid two-way line with Dit Clapper and Gord Pettinger helped Boston win its second Stanley Cup. A few months later he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Charlie Sands for Herb Cain. His first official duty for his new club was participating in the Babe Siebert Memorial Game on October 29, 1939.

Getliffe was a solid member of the Habs for six years before retiring in 1945. He hit double figures in goals every year and notched a personal best 28 in 1943-44 while skating with Murph Chamberlain and Phil Watson. He also helped Montreal finish first in the regular season standings twice and was a key member of their Stanley Cup triumph in 1944.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1930-31 London Athletic Club OHA-Int. 9 9 0 9 0 2 0 0 0 4
1931-32 London Diamonds OHA-Jr. 6 8 4 12
1932-33 Stratford Midgets OHA 6 4 7 11 12 11 6 0 6 20
1933-34 Stratford Midgets OHA-Jr. 13 26 17 43 18 2 6 1 7 2
1934-35 Charlottetown Abbies MSHL 20 15 4 19 29
1934-35 Saint John St. Peters SJCHL 17 35 25 60 15 12 9 14 23 11
1934-35 Saint John Beavers Exhib. 2 1 1 2 6
1935-36 London Tecumsehs IHL 17 6 3 9 17
1935-36 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1935-36 Boston Cubs Can-Am 29 16 14 30 14
1936-37 Boston Bruins NHL 48 16 15 31 28 3 2 1 3 2
1937-38 Boston Bruins NHL 36 11 13 24 16 3 0 1 1 2
1938-39 Boston Bruins NHL 43 10 12 22 11 11 1 1 2 2
1938-39 Hershey Bears IAHL 4 1 4 5 2
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 11 12 23 29
1940-41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 15 10 25 25 3 1 1 2 0
1941-42 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 11 15 26 35 3 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 18 28 46 26 5 0 1 1 8
1943-44 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 28 25 53 44 9 5 4 9 16
1944-45 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 16 7 23 34 6 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 393 136 137 273 250 45 9 10 19 30


MSHL Second All-Star Team (1935) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1939) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, November 8, 1935. Loaned to London (IHL) for the 1935-36 season for cash, November, 1935. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for cash , December 28, 1935. Walter Jackson loaned to London (IHL) as compensation for breaking Getliffe loan agreement, December 31, 1935. Traded to Montreal by Boston with Charlie Sands for Herb Cain, October 10, 1939. Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Roly Rossignol for Billy Reay, September 11, 1945. Detroit received Fern Gauthier as compensation when Getliffe decided to retire, October 18, 1945.
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