Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ivan Irwin
An aggressive defenceman known as "Ivan The Terrible," Irwin played 155 games with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in the 1950s. He was best known as a regular enforcer for two seasons on Broadway in 1953-54 and 1954-55. Apart from his NHL tenure he was rugged player and crowd favourite in the minors and the Quebec Senior League. Lacking speed and a good shot, Irwin made himself useful by playing his position well. His nickname originated from his poor offensive skills as much as his rugged approach to defence.

Born in Chicago, Irwin debuted with the Boston Olympics in 1947-48 when they played in the Quebec Senior and Eastern Leagues. It was with the QSHL's Sherbrooke Saints that Irwin first began to assert himself against opposing forwards and gain a local following.

After three years with the Cincinnati Mohawks of the AHL, he was sold to the Montreal Canadiens and played his first four NHL games in 1952-53. Irwin kept waiting for his chance to replace Butch Bouchard on the blueline, but the wily veteran kept improving with age. In the off-season, Montreal shipped Irwin to the Rangers for Pete Babando and Eddie Slowinski. Irwin spent two years as a regular for the Blueshirts then spent the majority of his time in the AHL. He enjoyed four good seasons with the Providence Reds and Buffalo Bisons where he was an AHL second team all-star (1957) and first team selection (1958, 1959) before retiring in 1960.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Northern Vocational High-ON 6 1 2 3 8 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Scarborough Colts ON-Jr.B
1944-45 Scarborough Colts ON-Jr.B
1945-46 Toronto Dorsts TMHL 1 0 0 0 0
1945-46 Toronto Tip Tops TIHL 5 2 0 2 0
1945-46 Scarborough Rangers ON-Jr.B 5 3 4 7 16
1946-47 Scarborough Rangers ON-Jr.B 12 2 6 8 22 2 0 0 0 6
1947-48 Boston Olympics QSHL 40 1 3 4 72
1947-48 Boston Olympics EAHL 16 2 1 3 36
1948-49 Sherbrooke Red Raiders QSHL 55 1 8 9 124 12 1 2 3 36
1949-50 Sherbrooke Saints QSHL 7 1 0 1 30
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 52 2 7 9 114
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 62 3 14 17 145
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 67 4 10 14 111 7 0 1 1 18
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1952-53 Victoria Cougars WHL 58 5 20 25 116
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 56 2 12 14 109
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 13 1 0 1 20
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 60 0 13 13 85
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 34 0 1 1 20 5 0 0 0 8
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 19 0 5 5 43
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 62 4 14 18 149 5 0 1 1 8
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 63 2 16 18 146 5 1 2 3 6
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 63 3 12 15 106 11 0 3 3 16
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 40 1 8 9 53
1960-61 Toronto Westsides OHA-Int.
1961-62 Toronto Westsides OHA-Int.
1962-63 Toronto Westsides OHA-Int.
1963-64 Toronto Westsides OHA-Int.
1964-65 New Glasgow Rangers NSSHL 2 1 2 3 4 7 4 1 5 18
1965-66 Providence Reds AHL
1966-67 Orillia Pepsi-Colas OHA-Sr. 23 4 10 14 30
NHL Totals 155 2 27 29 214 5 0 0 0 8


AHL Second All-Star Team (1957)
AHL First All-Star Team (1958, 1959)
OHA-Sr. Second All-Star Team (1967)
Rights traded to Montreal by Cincinnati (AHL) for cash, October 3, 1951. Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal for Ed Slowinski and Pete Babando, August 8, 1953.