Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Shields
Al Shields was a highly respected player who was solidly built and rough when he had to be, though off ice he was an easy going individual.

He began his playing days in Ottawa with the Montagnards before signing with the Senators as a free agent in 1928 when he made his NHL debut. After three seasons with the Sens, Shields was traded to the Philadelphia Quakers in 1930. He spent only one season in Philly after being claimed by the New York Americans in the Dispersal Draft of 1931. Once again, he spent only one season in New York before heading back to Ottawa for two more seasons.

After being traded to the Montreal Maroons for the 1934-35 season, Shields enjoyed a memorable playoff as the Maroons swept the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to none to take the Stanley Cup. This would be Shields' only Cup championship. He spent one more season in Montreal before being loaned to the New York Americans for the 1936-37 season, who then in turn loaned him to the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the year. Shields was then returned to the Maroons where he played the 1937-38 season, his last in the NHL.

Shields went on to play in the AHL for four more seasons and later became a coach before being posted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and playing with the Arnprior team. He went on to referee in the AHL from 1946 to 1948 before hanging up his skates for good.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1927-28 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 15 6 0 6 4 0 0 0 0
1927-28 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 5 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Ottawa Senators NHL 7 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Ottawa Montagnards Al-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1928-29 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 0 1 1 10
1928-29 St. Louis Flyers AHA 6 1 1 2 2
1929-30 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 6 3 9 32 2 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers NHL 43 7 3 10 98
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 48 4 1 5 45
1932-33 Ottawa Senators NHL 48 7 4 11 119
1933-34 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 4 7 11 44
1934-35 Montreal Maroons NHL 42 4 8 12 45 7 0 1 1 6
1935-36 Montreal Maroons NHL 45 2 7 9 81 3 0 0 0 6
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 27 3 0 3 79
1936-37 Boston Bruins NHL 18 0 4 4 15 3 0 0 0 2
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 5 7 12 67
1938-39 New Haven Eagles IAHL 25 2 2 4 17
1939-40 New Haven Eagles IAHL 45 5 9 14 26 3 0 2 2 2
1940-41 New Haven Eagles AHL 48 9 16 25 59 2 0 0 0 2
1940-41 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Washington Lions AHL 51 3 10 13 24 2 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Arnprior RCAF OVHL 8 4 6 10 16 2 0 1 1 4
1943-44 Arnprior RCAF OVHL 5 1 3 4 6
NHL Totals 459 42 46 88 637 17 0 1 1 14


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1934) Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, March 3, 1928. Traded to Philadelphia by Ottawa with Syd Howe and Wally Kilrea for $35,000, November 6, 1930. Claimed by NY Americans from Ottawa for 1931-32 season in Dispersal Draft, September 26, 1931. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Ottawa for Irv Frew and future considerations (Normie Smith and Vern Ayres, October 18, 1934), September 20, 1934. Loaned to NY Americans by Mtl. Maroons for cash, September 15, 1936. Loaned to Boston by NY Americans with future considerations (rights to Terry Reardon and Tom Cooper, October 17, 1937) for Joe Jerwa, January 25, 1937. Returned to Mtl. Maroons July 1, 1937. Signed as a free agent by Montreal (New Haven-IAHL), October 4, 1939. Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by Montreal (New Haven-AHL) for cash, December 1, 1940 and recalled December 10, 1940. Traded to Washington (AHL) by Montreal for cash, October 9, 1941.