Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fred Thurier
Center Fred Thurier played parts of three seasons with the New York Americans and Rangers during the 40s. He was a natural goal scorer who was best known for his offensive production in the AHL.

Born in Granby, Quebec, Thurier spent the 1936-37 season with the Montreal senior Canadiens before making his pro debut with the Springfield Indians of the AHL. After scoring 28 goals for the club in 1939-40 he led the league with 29 goals the next year and was placed on the first all-star team in 1941 and the second unit the next season. Thurier alson played his first four NHL games with the Americans.

After splitting a couple of years between the minors and the Montreal senior league, Thurier joined the Rangers in the Special Dispersal Draft after the demise of the Americans. In1944-45 Thurier scored 16 goals for the Blueshirts who were missing several players due to military service. He formed a solid trio with Joe Shack and Fred Hunt then returned to the minors where he starred for seven years with the AHL's Cleveland Barons. Thurier helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1948 and 1951 and topped the 20-goal mark five times. He was named to the AHL second all-star team in 1951 and retired in 1952.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 Montreal Sr. Canadiens QSHL 22 12 6 18 20 2 0 0 0 4
1937-38 Springfield Indians IAHL 46 10 9 19 18
1938-39 Springfield Indians IAHL 36 11 8 19 21 3 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Springfield Indians IAHL 54 28 32 60 27 3 2 1 3 12
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 3 2 1 3 0
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 41 29 31 60 36 3 0 1 1 0
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 27 7 7 14 4
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 22 20 24 44 6 5 2 5 7 2
1942-43 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 6 9 15 2
1942-43 Montreal Army QSHL 13 8 5 13 6 7 3 2 5 6
1942-43 Montreal Army MCHL 2 4 1 5 0
1943-44 Montreal Army MCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Buffalo Bisons AHL 39 33 40 73 43 9 8 10 18 14
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 50 16 19 35 14
1945-46 Cleveland Barons AHL 47 21 32 53 18 12 9 7 16 6
1946-47 Cleveland Barons AHL 63 18 33 51 58 4 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 36 38 74 38 9 5 8 13 4
1948-49 Cleveland Barons AHL 51 26 31 57 47 5 2 7 9 2
1949-50 Cleveland Barons AHL 57 30 52 82 22 4 2 0 2 0
1950-51 Cleveland Barons AHL 64 32 63 95 19 10 1 12 12 0
1951-52 Cleveland Barons AHL 47 19 23 42 12 4 1 2 3 4
NHL Totals 80 25 27 52 18


AHL First All-Star Team (1941)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1942, 1951)
Traded to NY Americans by Springfield (AHL) for cash, October 10, 1940. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season. Claimed by NY Rangers from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draw, September 11, 1943.
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