Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- George Patterson
George Patterson was skating for the Hamilton Tigers of the Can-Pro League when he was traded to a newly named NHL club called the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927. He suited up in his Blue and White wool and scored the club's first-ever goal. He didn't think much of his feat, but its significance would resonate into the future as the most important accomplishment of his career.

Patterson's stay in Toronto was brief. He was sold to the Montreal Canadiens where he played for a season and a half before being claimed on waivers by the New York Americans. With "The Amazing Amerks" as they were described in his day, Patterson played parts of five seasons.

In 1931, the Americans were on the verge of surpassing the Montreal Maroons for the final playoff berth. To celebrate there almost certain success, the team's biggest supporter, bootlegger Big Bill Dwyer, had each member of the team escorted in black limousines to his horse farm. The drinks were served by the bottle as the players, by then under the influence of Dwyer's liquid resources, challenged each other to an informal horse race. The horses ran wildly as Patterson's hoofed wonder turned left while he went right, tumbling to the ground with a broken arm. He was done for the season and, as one of the club's top forwards, the loss set the team back as the Maroons took the final playoff spot.

By 1934, Patterson left the Americans for brief tours of duty with the Bruins, Wings and St. Louis Eagles, his final NHL stop.

From there, he embarked on a ten-year minor pro career that ended in Providence of the AHL in 1945.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1925-26 Kitchener Greenshirts OHA-Jr.
1926-27 Hamilton Tigers Can-Pro 23 14 3 17 30
1926-27 Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs NHL 17 4 2 6 17
1927-28 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 1 0 1 14
1927-28 Toronto Ravinas Can-Pro 16 7 0 7 37
1927-28 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 0 1 1 0
1928-29 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 4 5 9 34 3 0 0 0 2
1929-30 New York Americans NHL 39 13 4 17 24
1930-31 New York Americans NHL 44 8 6 14 67
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 20 6 0 6 26
1931-32 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 25 17 10 27 33 2 2 0 2 12
1932-33 New York Americans NHL 41 12 7 19 26
1933-34 New York Americans NHL 13 3 0 3 6
1933-34 Boston Bruins NHL 10 0 1 1 2
1933-34 Boston Cubs Can-Am 17 7 3 10 15 5 0 2 2 2
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 3 0 0 0 2
1934-35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 21 0 1 1 2
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons IHL 25 10 9 19 56
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons IHL 48 7 11 18 31 1 0 0 0 2
1936-37 Buffalo Bisons IAHL 11 2 1 3 16
1936-37 Minneapolis Millers AHA 35 19 17 36 35 6 8 2 10 6
1937-38 Minneapolis Millers AHA 48 25 34 59 46 7 1 4 5 0
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 53 11 5 16 20 9 1 1 2 0
1939-40 New Haven Eagles IAHL 54 25 27 52 42 3 2 2 4 2
1940-41 New Haven Eagles AHL 45 19 33 52 33 2 0 0 0 0
1941-42 New Haven Eagles AHL 28 9 16 25 18 2 0 1 1 2
1942-43 New Haven Eagles AHL 26 10 12 22 2
1942-43 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 23 9 19 28 6 7 1 4 5 0
1943-44 Hershey Bears AHL 48 15 31 46 16 7 1 1 2 4
1944-45 Hershey Bears AHL 24 9 13 22 5
1944-45 Providence Reds AHL 30 17 20 37 4
NHL Totals 284 51 27 78 218 3 0 0 0 2


AHA Second All-Star Team (1937)
AHA First All-Star Team (1938)
Signed as a free agent by Hamilton (Can-Pro), September 21, 1926. Traded to Toronto by Hamilton (Can-Pro) for $5,000 and the loan of Al Pudas, February 1, 1927. Traded to Montreal by Toronto for cash, February 8, 1928. Traded to Boston by Montreal for cash, May 13, 1929. Claimed on waivers by NY Americans from Boston, October 23, 1929. Traded to Boston by NY Americans with Lloyd Gross for Art Chapman and Bob Gracie, January 11, 1934. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Gene Carrigan, October 10, 1934. Traded to St. Louis by Detroit for Mickey Blake and $3,500 with Detroit holding right of recall, November 28, 1934.
Returned to Detroit, December 24, 1934. Traded to Buffalo (IHL) by Detroit for cash, January 4, 1935. Signed as a free agent by Minneapolis (AHA) after Buffalo (IAHL) franchise folded, December 9, 1936.
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