Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Flash Hollett
Although born in North Sydney, NS, on April 13th, 1912, Flash Hollett grew up in Toronto where, like so many kids of his day, he played hockey and lacrosse. He was lucky enough to play lacrosse with Lionel Conacher. Leafs' owner and GM, Conn Smythe spotted him in action and said, "If you can play hockey like you play lacrosse, we could use you in the International Hockey League next winter!" Hollett accepted the offer. His professional sports career was underway.

Hollett eventually made the Leafs for a brief stint and was loaned to the Ottawa Senators for half a season. He then returned to the Leafs for a short time before Conn Smythe sold his rights to the Boston Bruins for $16,000?a move he'd later regret. In1939, the Bruins, and especially Hollett, took pleasure in beating the Leafs to Lord Stanley. In the fifth game of the matchup, he and Milt Schmidt lured Leafs goalie Turk Broda from his net, freeing Hollett to pop home the series winner.

From then on, Hollett became a fixture on the Bruins blueline with his ability to rush the puck and score what was, at the time, a record number of goals for a defenseman.

In 1944, Hollett joined the Detroit Red Wings where he was paired with Earl Siebert. His record-setting 20 goals brought him a first-team All-Star award. But his all-star status was not enough to leverage him beyond a contract dispute with Wings GM Jack Adams. Hollett took the high road, opting to leave the NHL out of respect to his wife's request to stay closer to home in Ontario.

After the big leagues, Hollett played senior hockey with the Kitchener Dutchmen and the Toronto Marlboros where he won the Allan Cup in his final season.

Hollet passed away April 20th, 1999 in Mississauga, ON.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1932-33 Syracuse Stars IHL 19 0 2 2 16 6 3 0 3 9
1933-34 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 0 0 4
1933-34 Buffalo Bisons IHL 13 5 4 9 8
1933-34 Ottawa Senators NHL 30 7 4 11 21
1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 10 16 26 38 7 0 0 0 6
1935-36 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 1 4 5 8
1935-36 Syracuse Stars IHL 4 2 1 3 8
1935-36 Boston Bruins NHL 6 1 2 3 2
1935-36 Boston Cubs Can-Am 18 6 15 21 24
1936-37 Boston Bruins NHL 48 3 7 10 22 3 0 0 0 2
1937-38 Boston Bruins NHL 48 4 10 14 54 3 0 1 1 0
1938-39 Boston Bruins NHL 44 10 17 27 35 12 1 3 4 2
1939-40 Boston Bruins NHL 44 10 18 28 18 5 1 2 3 2
1940-41 Boston Bruins NHL 41 9 15 24 23 11 3 4 7 8
1940-41 Hershey Bears AHL 5 4 2 6 2
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 48 19 14 33 21 5 0 1 1 2
1942-43 Boston Bruins NHL 50 19 25 44 19 9 0 9 9 4
1943-44 Boston Bruins NHL 25 9 7 16 4
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 6 12 18 34 5 0 0 0 6
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 20 21 41 39 14 3 4 7 6
1945-46 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 4 9 13 16 5 0 2 2 0
1946-47 Toronto Staffords TIHL
1947-48 Kitchener Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 15 6 11 17 24
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 31 6 15 21 20 7 2 3 5 4
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 13 3 10 13 11
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 42 7 27 34 29 14 1 8 9 14
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros Al-Cup 17 5 12 17 8
NHL Totals 562 132 181 313 358 79 8 26 34 38


NHL Second All-Star Team (1943)
NHL First All-Star Team (1945)
Loaned to Ottawa by Toronto for remainder of 1933-34 season, January 2, 1934. Traded to Boston by Toronto for $16,000, January 15, 1936. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Pat Egan, January 5, 1944. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for Ab DeMarco and Hank Goldup, June 19, 1946. Transaction voided when Hollett decided to retire, June, 1946.