Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vic Lynn
While growing up on the local rinks of Saskatoon, Vic Lynn became very noticeable for his exceptional speed on a pair of blades. When his skating skills were harmonized with the game of hockey, the young upstart was destined for a lengthy career in the pro ranks.

In 1943-44, he fell in with the Detroit Red Wings' organization but failed to impress the team's brass. As such, Lynn was sent to play for the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL. It was there that he encountered former NHLer and current American League referee Rabbit McVeigh. McVeigh noticed Lynn's aggressive, hard-working style of play. He also noticed that the youngster had a ret-hot temper that could, if not contained, limit his chances to make it to the top. On occasion, the sage ref would issue Lynn a penalty with an admonition to settle down and learn to take hard knocks with a cooler head.

Several years later, as Lynn had been given the cold shoulder by not only the Wings, but the Canadiens as well, he landed in Buffalo of the AHL. It was at that time that Leafs' GM Conn Smythe was in search of some fresh talent to spark his sagging club. During a chance meeting with McVeigh, he got a tip to watch young Lynn as a possible solution to his roster woes. Smythe did just that and ended up bringing the speedster to Toronto.

As a Leaf, Lynn joined Howie Meeker and Teeder Kennedy to form "The K-L-M Line." The trio clicked for three seasons of successful hockey with Stanley Cup victories in 1947, 1948, and 1949. During the tail end of his stay with the Leafs, Lynn teamed with Joe Klukay and later Johnny McCormack to form outstanding penalty-killing combinations.

In 1950, Lynn was traded to the Boston Bruins where he played for a short time before heading to the minors with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. Then, in 1953, he got one more kick at the top with the Chicago Blackhawks where he played his final NHL games near the end of the year.

From then on, Lynn embarked on a lengthy career as a minor-league and amateur player/coach with such clubs as the Saskatoon Quakers, Brandon Regals, and Prince Albert Mintos.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1940-41 Saskatoon Embassys SAHA
1941-42 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers N-SJHL 7 6 8 14 12 6 0 2 2 10
1941-42 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers M-Cup 3 1 0 1 12
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1942-43 New York Rovers EAHL 38 4 6 10 122 10 3 3 6 30
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 4
1943-44 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 32 4 5 9 61
1943-44 Saskatoon Navy SSHL 4 2 0 2 13
1944-45 St. Louis Flyers AHL 60 15 23 38 92
1945-46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1945-46 Buffalo Bisons AHL 53 26 25 51 60 12 5 5 10 10
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 6 14 20 44 11 4 1 5 16
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 12 22 34 53 9 2 5 7 20
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 7 9 16 36 8 0 1 1 2
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 7 13 20 39 7 0 2 2 2
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 2 4 6 17
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 56 14 6 20 69 5 0 0 0 2
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 12 2 2 4 4
1951-52 Providence Reds AHL 5 1 4 5 4
1951-52 Cleveland Barons AHL 39 1 4 5 4 5 1 3 4 2
1952-53 Cleveland Barons AHL 35 11 17 28 46
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 29 0 10 10 23 7 1 1 2 4
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 11 1 0 1 2
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 38 11 12 23 14 6 2 3 5 9
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 70 20 24 44 82
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 64 17 26 43 100 3 0 1 1 6
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 61 10 21 31 137 9 2 7 9 8
1956-57 Brandon Regals Ed-Cup 6 1 3 4 12
1957-58 Saskatoon/St. Paul Saints WHL 38 13 19 32 49
1957-58 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 7 0 1 1 8
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 20 3 8 11 20
1959-60 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 20 10 10 20 30 7 2 8 10 10
1959-60 Saskatoon Quakers Al-Cup 2 0 0 0 2
1960-61 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL
1961-62 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 12 5 5 10 16 8 1 3 4 6
1961-62 Saskatoon Quakers Al-Cup 7 1 4 5 0
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 18 5 13 18 24
1963-64 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL
NHL Totals 327 49 76 125 274 47 7 10 17 46


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948, 1949) Traded to Montreal (Buffalo - AHL) by Detroit for cash, October 14, 1945. Traded to Toronto (Pittsburgh - AHL) by Montreal (Buffalo - AHL) with Dutch Hiller for John Mahaffy and Gerry Brown, September 21, 1946. Traded to Boston by Toronto with Bill Ezinicki for Fern Flaman, Leo Boivin, Ken Smith and Phil Maloney, November 16, 1950. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Boston (Providence - AHL) with Buck Davies for Joe Lund and Jean-Paul Gladu, December 10, 1951. Traded to Chicago by Cleveland (AHL) for future considerations (Fred Glover, January 16, 1953), January 4, 1953.