Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim O'Neil
Forward James O'Neill played 156 NHL games in the 1930s and '40s. He was a solid defensive player in the league but was given more offensive responsibilities in the minors.

Born in Semans, Saskatchewan, O'Neill was a junior standout with the Saskatoon Wesleys. After skating briefly with the senior Saskatoon Crescents he was elevated by the Boston Bruins to their Cubs farm club in the Can-Am League. He joined the Bruins in 1933-34 where he was a useful checker. He continued in that role for two and a half years then spent nearly four years in the AHL.

The Montreal Canadiens acquired O'Neill after the 1939-40 season. He was recalled twice by the Habs but saw most of his ice time in the minors with the New Haven Eagles and Washington Lions. In the mid-1940s he was more of an offensive weapon for the Lions and the Hershey Bears and enjoyed his only 20-goal season in 1943-44. O'Neill retired in 1946 after playing 52 games for Hershey.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1930-31 Saskatoon Wesleys N-SJHL 4 6 2 8 2 2 0 0 0 2
1931-32 Saskatoon Crescents N-SSHL 18 6 3 9 22 4 0 1 1 12
1931-32 Saskatoon Wesleys N-SJHL 4 3 0 3 5 8 3 0 3 10
1931-32 Saskatoon Wesleys M-Cup 2 0 0 0 2
1932-33 Boston Cubs Can-Am 46 13 17 30 63 7 1 3 4 8
1933-34 Boston Bruins NHL 23 2 2 4 15
1933-34 Boston Cubs Can-Am 12 6 5 11 19
1934-35 Boston Bruins NHL 48 2 11 13 35 4 0 0 0 9
1935-36 Boston Bruins NHL 48 2 11 13 49 2 1 1 2 4
1936-37 Boston Bruins NHL 21 0 2 2 6
1936-37 Providence Reds IAHL 15 2 8 10 14 3 0 1 1 2
1937-38 Cleveland Barons IAHL 38 5 24 29 66 2 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 41 4 18 22 29 9 2 6 8 0
1939-40 Cleveland Barons IAHL 56 7 20 27 35
1940-41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
1940-41 New Haven Eagles AHL 40 7 17 24 40
1941-42 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 4
1941-42 Washington Lions AHL 41 7 33 40 22 2 0 0 0 6
1942-43 Washington Lions AHL 10 2 7 9 4
1942-43 Hershey Bears AHL 45 17 43 60 48 6 3 1 4 2
1943-44 Hershey Bears AHL 54 20 33 53 18 7 0 6 6 2
1944-45 Hershey Bears AHL 55 14 32 46 16 11 2 7 9 4
1945-46 Hershey Bears AHL 52 5 26 31 33 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 156 6 30 36 109 9 1 1 2 13


Traded to Montreal by Cleveland (IAHL) for Bill Summerhill and Bill MacKenzie, May 17, 1940. Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Washington (AHL) for Bob Gracie, November 21, 1942.
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