Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Church Russell
Church Russell was born March 16, 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Russell spent three seasons with the Western Junior Hockey League's Winnipeg Rangers before joining the Pacific Coast Hockey League's Victoria Navy in 1943-44.

Due to his Military Service, Russell did not play during the 1944-45 season, returning only the following year with the Eastern Amateur Hockey League's New York Rovers. Although he spent the majority of the season with the Rovers where he was an EAHL First Team All-Star, Russell played in 17 games with the NHL's New York Rangers.

The following year, Russell played in 54 games with the Rangers, establishing himself with a career high with 20 goals. Unable to duplicate his 1946-47 totals, Church Russell played in only 19 games with the Rangers before they traded him to the American Hockey League's Cleveland Barons.

Russell finished the 1947-48 season with the Barons and returned the following year before being traded again this time to the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets.

In 1950-51, Russell returned to the PCHL as a member of the Vancouver Canucks before joining the Winnipeg Maroons for the 1952 and 1953 Allan Cup tournaments.

Russell retired from the game after spending his last two season with the Manitoba Senior Hockey League's Brandon Regals.

Throughout his career Church Russell played in 90 NHL games, scoring 20 goals and adding 16 assists for 36 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 St. James Deer Lodge MAHA
1940-41 Winnipeg Rangers WJrHL
1941-42 Winnipeg Rangers WJrHL 18 6 11 17 0
1942-43 Winnipeg Rangers WJrHL 12 23 13 36 0 6 16 4 20 2
1943-44 Victoria Navy PCHL 15 4 6 10 4
1944-45
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 17 0 5 5 2
1945-46 New York Rovers EAHL 38 27 43 70 4
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 54 20 8 28 8
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 19 0 3 3 2
1947-48 New York Rovers QSHL 2 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 40 13 18 31 8 9 3 5 8 0
1948-49 Cleveland Barons AHL 56 17 22 39 10 5 1 1 2 2
1949-50 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 67 7 22 29 15
1950-51 Vancouver Canucks PCHL 58 12 21 33 8
1951-52 Winnipeg Maroons Al-Cup 6 5 4 9 2
1952-53 Winnipeg Maroons Al-Cup 4 1 1 2 5
1953-54 Brandon Regals MHL-Sr.
1954-55 Brandon Regals MHL-Sr. 8 5 4 9 2
NHL Totals 90 20 16 36 12


EAHL First All-Star Team (1946) Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by NY Rangers for George Johnston, December 18, 1947. Traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) by Cleveland (AHL) for cash, September 13, 1949.