Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Quilty
Signing as a free agent in 1940, right out of Ottawa's Senior Interscholastic League, John Quilty began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. The 1940-41 season saw Quilty record 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games. For his efforts, he was awarded the NHL's rookie of the year award.

Quilty was the son of football great Sylvester "Silver" Quilty who had played with the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Rough Riders in 1913 and went on to coach the Riders for several years after.

After spending the 1941-42 season with Montreal, Quilty junior would not see NHL action again with Les Canadiens until 1946-47. His NHL and three minor league seasons were interrupted by military service. Montreal eventually traded him to Boston during the 1947-48 season.

Quilty's tenure with Boston was short lived. Fifteen seconds into his sixth game with the Bruins, January 12, 1948, Quilty collided with Chicago defenseman Bob Goldham at the Blackhawks blue line. The result was that his season was over from to a compound fracture of his left leg.

At the age of 27 Quilty, discouraged at his inability to regain his skating form and his belief that he was a "dollar a year player," he announced his retirement. While rehabbing his broken leg and waiting for a chance to play he received no salary only expense money. Quilty said he would return to Ottawa and try to get a job.

Upon returning to Ottawa he rejoined the Royal Canadian Air Force and played with their teams. He was also involved with Ottawa Old Pros hockey club. On September 12, 1969, in Ottawa, John Quilty died suddenly at the age of 48.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 Glebe Collegiate (Ottawa) High-ON
1937-38 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL
1938-39 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL
1938-39 Ottawa St. Pats M-Cup 5 11 5 16 0
1939-40 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL
1940-41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 18 16 34 31 3 0 2 2 0
1941-42 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 12 12 24 44 3 0 1 1 0
1942-43 Toronto RCAF OHA-Sr. 9 6 9 15 12
1943-44 Vancouver RCAF NNDHL 14 12 14 26 8 3 1 2 3 2
1944-45
1945-46 Ottawa Senators QSHL 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0
1946-47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 1 1 2 0 7 3 2 5 9
1946-47 Buffalo Bisons AHL 5 0 2 2 2
1946-47 Springfield Indians AHL 46 17 15 32 36 2 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 2 3 5 4
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 6 3 2 5 2
1948-49 North Sydney Victorias CBSHL 31 5 15 20 18 6 2 3 5 0
1949-50 Ottawa RCAF Flyers ECSHL 27 10 12 22 6 5 2 4 6 2
1950-51 Ottawa RCAF Flyers ECSHL 38 0 12 12 54 7 1 3 4 14
1950-51 Ottawa Senators QMHL 3 0 0 0 4
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QMHL 3 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Renfrew Millionaires ECSHL 40 9 27 36 52 3 1 1 2 10
NHL Totals 125 36 34 70 81 13 3 5 8 9


Calder Trophy (1941)
ECSHL - MVP (1952)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 29, 1940. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Montreal (Buffalo-AHL) for George Pargeter, November 19, 1946. Traded to Montreal by Springfield (AHL) for cash, March 3, 1947. Traded to Boston by Montreal with Jimmy Peters for Joe Carveth, December 16, 1947.
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