Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Mahaffy
Center John Mahaffy spent parts of three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in the 40s. The 5'7" sparkplug was a quick skater who could make plays in the offensive zone in a pro career spent mostly in the minors and senior leagues.

The Montreal native played with the junior and senior Royals in his hometown. He also spent the 1938-39 season in Britain with the Streatham hockey club. During the 1942-43 season Mahaffy hit the 20-goal mark for the Montreal Royals and notched seven points in nine games when recalled by the Habs.

In October 1943, Mahaffy was one of several player loaned by Montreal to the New York Rangers. Playing on a line with Fern Gauthier and Ossie Aubuchon, he registered 29 points in 28 games. The next year Mahaffy excelled on the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL and was summoned to play one playoff game for the Canadiens.

Beginning in 1945-46, Mahaffy settled in as a top offensive producer in the AHL. He topped the 20-goal mark five straight years and recorded a personal best 83 points for the Philadelphia Rockets in 1947-48. The veteran pivot retired in 1952 after spending one year with the QSHL's Shawinigan Cataracts.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1934-35 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 10 3 6 9 4 2 0 0 0 0
1935-36 Montreal Royals QJHL 7 5 6 11 4
1936-37 Montreal Royals MCHL 21 4 8 12 16 5 0 1 1 2
1937-38 Montreal Royals MCHL 22 4 3 7 20 1 0 0 0 2
1938-39 Streatham Hockey Club Ln-Cup 4 9 13
1938-39 Streatham Hockey Club Britain 4 4 8
1939-40 Montreal Royals MCHL 29 9 13 22 25 8 2 0 2 12
1939-40 Montreal Royals Al-Cup 5 0 4 4 0
1940-41 Montreal Royals MCHL 33 17 25 42 60 8 6 5 11 16
1940-41 Montreal Royals Al-Cup 9 4 2 6 22
1941-42 Montreal Royals QSHL 38 9 16 25 35
1942-43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 2 5 7 4
1942-43 Montreal Royals QSHL 28 21 16 37 14 7 4 2 6 4
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 28 9 20 29 0
1943-44 Montreal Army MCHL 4 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Montreal Royals QSHL 4 2 6 8 2
1944-45 Montreal Royals QSHL 3 5 4 9 4
1944-45 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 37 17 23 40 10
1944-45 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 58 28 36 64 35 6 4 2 6 10
1946-47 Buffalo Bisons AHL 63 29 40 69 37 4 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Philadelphia Rockets AHL 60 26 57 83 6
1948-49 Philadelphia Rockets AHL 67 21 50 71 10
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 69 23 36 59 13
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 33 5 14 19 7
1951-52 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 60 16 28 44 18
1952-53 St-Hyacinthe Saints QPHL 61 28 58 86
NHL Totals 37 11 25 36 4 1 0 1 1 0


Loaned to NY Rangers by Montreal with Dutch Hiller, Fern Gauthier, Charlie Sands and future considerations (Tony Demers, December, 1943) for the loan of Phil Watson, October 27, 1943. Traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) by Montreal for cash, November 24, 1944.
Played for Montreal in playoff game on March 24, 1945 though he was subsequently ruled ineligible to play in any further playoff games as his rights were still owned by Pittsburgh (AHL). Traded to Montreal (Buffalo - AHL) by Toronto (Pittsburgh - AHL) with Gerry Brown for Dutch Hiller and Vic Lynn, September 21, 1946.