Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gerry James
Right-winger Edwin Fitzgerald (Gerry) James played nearly five years with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1950s. A versatile athlete who also played football with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders, James was chiefly a role player for the Leafs who could check and kill penalties. His exploits on the gridiron won him the Schenley Award as outstanding Canadian in 1954 and resulted in selection to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was one of the last Canadian athletes to compete in two professional sports.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, James came east to play junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros. He was a consistent goal scorer and team leader during four seasons with the Marlies. His last year of junior in 1954-55 proved memorable as he suited up for one NHL game with the Maple Leafs and helped his junior club defeat the Regina Pats to win the Memorial Cup.

Following his amateur days, James earned a regular slot on the Maple Leafs in the 1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons. He split the 1957-58 schedule between Toronto and the Rochester Americans of the AHL before leaving to play a year of pro football. James returned to the Leafs in 1959-60 and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup final. In fact, he was going to take some time off after winning the 1959 Grey Cup when he received the call to join the Maple Leafs who were in the habit of using four lines and needed James in the lineup. He played on a rag tag unit with Duke Edmundson and Johnny Wilson known as the "Puke Line" because they were not blessed with a great deal of talent. The Leafs fought admirably in the finals but ended up being a part of history as the Montreal Canadiens became the first club to win five consecutive Stanley Cups.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 3 0 0 0 4 6 2 5 7 14
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 49 19 15 34 141 7 0 1 1 20
1953-54 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 41 23 17 40 123 15 8 2 10 26
1954-55 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 38 8 13 21 60 13 4 4 8 28
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 11 1 3 4 54
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 3 3 6 50 5 1 0 1 8
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 4 12 16 90
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 3 2 5 61
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 15 2 4 6 46
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHLMGNT
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 4 9 13 56 10 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 26 2 7 9 50
1961-62
1962-63 HC Davos Swiss
1963-64 HC Davos Swiss
1964-65 Yorkton Terriers SSHL 36 11 31 42 89 11 0 4 4 43
1965-66 Yorkton Terriers SSHL 29 11 22 33 91 5 3 1 4 17
1966-67 Yorkton Terriers SSHL 35 13 21 34 85 4 1 5 6 4
1967-68
1968-69
1969-70
1970-71
1971-72 Yorkton Terriers PrSHL 40 8 30 38 143
NHL Totals 149 14 26 40 257 15 1 0 1 8


Missed the entire 1958-59 due to leg injury suffered in football game between Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL), September 7, 1958. Loaned to Winnipeg (WHL) by Toronto (Victoria-WHL) for the remainder of the 1960-61 season for Barrie Ross, January, 1961.
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