Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Harry Mummery
Big Harry Mummery was a large man in his era. In size, he compared to the McNamara boys--George, Harold and Howard. What set "Mum" apart was that he could rush off the defensive line despite that large frame. A goaltender facing a fast charging 220 pound colossus could be excused if he flinched and allowed a goal.

Mummery began his professional career in Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Between 1907 and 1911, he split time between Brandon and Fort William. For 1911-12, he played for Moose Jaw in the Saskatchewan Professional Hockey League. The Stanley Cup defending Quebec Bulldogs took him on for 1912-13. The Bulldogs successfully defended the Cup by twice beating the Sydney Millionaires in the Ancient City. Mum played three more seasons for Quebec before moving to the Montreal Canadiens for a year. After the season his rights reverted back to Quebec.

When Michael J. Quinn declined to have the team play the inaugural season of the National Hockey League, the Toronto team claimed his services in the dispersal draft. Mummery's defensive work was key in Toronto winning a second Stanley Cup for the Queen City.

During this time, Mummery worked as an engineer or fireman on the Canadian Pacific Railway. According to Tim Daly, the long-time Toronto trainer, it was not uncommon to see Mummery rush in with a raw steak, plop it on to a freshly washed shovel and then cook it in the dressing room pot-bellied stove. He kept this practice going well after his playing days.

After two seasons in Toronto, he returned to Quebec, which had joined the new league, for its third season. About 18 minutes into the second period of the February 4, 1920 game Quebec's goaltender was hurt. The game paused for intermission and during the break Quebec had to line up a new goaltender. Harry Mummery donned the pads for the final minutes of the second period and all of the third, though the game had been decided by the time he went in the net. Later in the season, he earned a win and a loss by playing two complete games in goal. In Hamilton, he earned one more win to finish with a record of 2-1 as a netminder.

Harry Mummery completed his playing career in Saskatoon and died in Brandon, Manitoba on September 12, 1945.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1907-08 Brandon Elks MHL-Pro
1908-09 Fort William Forts NOHL 12 3 0 3 1 0 0 0
1909-10 Fort William Forts NOHL
1910-11 Brandon Shamrocks MIPHL 5 1 0 1
1911-12 Moose Jaw Brewers Sask-Pro 8 1 0 1
1912-13 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 19 5 0 5 87
1912-13 Quebec Bulldogs St-Cup 2 1 0 1 0
1912-13 Quebec Bulldogs Exhib. 3 1 0 1 0
1913-14 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 20 8 5 13 29
1914-15 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 20 7 4 11 88
1915-16 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 23 2 1 3 84
1916-17 Montreal Canadiens NHA 20 5 3 8 101 2 0 0 0 18
1916-17 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 0 0 25
1917-18 Toronto Arenas NHL 18 3 3 6 41 2 1 1 2 17
1917-18 Toronto Arenas St-Cup 5 0 6 6 21
1918-19 Toronto Arenas NHL 13 2 0 2 30
1919-20 Quebec Bulldogs NHL 24 9 9 18 42
1920-21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 15 5 20 69
1921-22 Hamilton Tigers NHL 20 4 2 6 40
1922-23 Hamilton Tigers NHL 7 0 0 0 4
1922-23 Saskatoon Sheiks WCHL 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 106 33 19 52 226 2 1 1 2 17


NHL rights returned to Quebec (NHA) by Montreal (NHA) prior to formation of NHL, November, 1917. Claimed by Toronto from Quebec in Dispersal Draft, November 26, 1917. Transferred to Quebec by Toronto when Quebec franchise returned to NHL, November 25, 1919. Transferred to Hamilton after Quebec franchise relocated, November 2, 1920. Traded to Montreal by Hamilton with Jack McDonald and Dave Ritchie for Goldie Prodgers, Joe Matte, Jack Coughlin and loan of Billy Coutu for 1920-21 season, November 27, 1920. Traded to Hamilton by Montreal with Amos Arbour for Sprague Cleghorn, November 26, 1921. Traded to Saskatoon (WCHL) by Hamilton for cash, February 8, 1923.
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