A rock solid physical defenceman who stood 6'2", Joe Jerwa played over 200 NHL games, mostly with the New York Americans. He also enjoyed a solid minor pro career spent mostly in the CanAm and American Hockey leagues.
Born In Krakow, Poland, Jerwa migrated to North America sometime around 1913. Jerwa played in the Alberta senior league with the Canmore Moners before joining the Vancouver Lions of the Northwest league where he played with his brother Frank Jerwa. He was traded by the Lions to the New York Rangers of the NHL in 1930 and played most of the 1931-32 season on Manhattan.
After being traded to the Boston Bruins for Dutch Gainor, Jerwa spent most of his time in the CanAm league until he was acquired by the New York Americans for Nels Stewart. Jerwa logged the most ice time of his NHL career with the Americans and made the Stanley Cup playoffs three times. After spending three years with the AHL's Cleveland Barons, Jerwa retired in 1942.