Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cy Wentworth
Cy Wentworth was known as a steady-going defender and a consistent, solid and clean checker who took care of business in his own end before worrying about taking the play toward the opposing goal. Later in his career, which lasted for a 13 full seasons, he grew confident enough in his ability to command the defensive zone to allow himself the odd rush carrying the puck. In time he became an effective two-way threat and one season he even led the league in playoff scoring. He was the nucleus of the Montreal Maroons team in the 1930s and led the squad to a Stanley Cup after failing to bring the trophy home in his first visit to the finals with the other team he's often identified with, the Chicago Black Hawks.

Wentworth was born in 1905 in Grimsby, Ontario. He played his junior hockey in the Windsor area and worked his way up to the Windsor Hornets in the Ontario Hockey Association as a 20-year-old. He played for half a season before he was sold to the Chicago Cardinals of the American Hockey Association. The Black Hawks saw enough of him in 34 games with the Cardinals to know he was a solid professional. He played his first NHL game in 1927 and was an instant leader. He took a penalty only if it seemed a goal was about to be scored and combined his gentlemanly ways with a quick wit and a flair for the practical joke.

At the end of the 1928-29 season, the Black Hawks made a deal to bring the tough Clarence "Taffy" Abel to the team. Abel was 6'1" and 225 pounds, and his partnership with the smaller but quicker Wentworth, who was three inches shorter and over 50 pounds lighter, was the most formidable in the league. Abel would use his size and strength to clear the front of the net, while Wentworth's skill and positional play let him steal the puck from opposing forwards along the boards.

While Abel and Wentworth solidified the Chicago defense, team scoring improved by leaps and bounds, from a pitiful 33 goals in 1928-29 to 117 the next season. The Hawks leapt to second place in the American Division, a ranking they would hold in five of six seasons between 1929-30 and 1934-35. In 1930-31, Wentworth played all 44 games and served only 12 minutes in penalties even though he saw more ice time than any other Hawk excepting the goaltender. That year Chicago made the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers before losing to the Montreal Canadiens. Game two of the finals, played at Chicago Stadium, drew a crowd of 18,000, one of the largest in NHL history.

In 1931-32, Wentworth, who had become the picture of defensive efficiency, was named the team's captain. The move paid dividends for Chicago coach Dick Irvin; in Wentworth he'd a player with such poise that it was as if an assistant coach was patrolling the blue line. Near the beginning of the 1932-33 season, the rearguard was traded to the Montreal Maroons, again for cash. In Montreal, Wentworth became the leader of a fine defense corps that included Lionel Conacher and Baldy Northcott and he won his first and only Stanley Cup when his Maroons defeated Toronto in the 1935 finals after eliminating his old teammates from Chicago. Wentworth was Montreal's leading point-getter in those playoffs with three goals and two assists in seven games.

Wentworth was traded, again for cash, just before the Maroons folded in 1938. He didn't have to move far to continue his career, however, as he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. He played two seasons with the Habs before retiring in 1940, after which he moved to Toronto and became involved in a variety of business interests.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1921/23 Grimsby Lions OHA-Jr.
1923-24 Hamilton Jr. Tigers OHA-Jr.
1924-25 Brantford Lions OHA-Int.
1925-26 Windsor Hornets OHA-Sr. 20 6 5 11 9
1926-27 Chicago Cardinals AHA 34 8 4 12 40
1927-28 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 43 5 5 10 31
1928-29 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 2 1 3 44
1929-30 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 37 3 4 7 28
1930-31 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 4 4 8 12 9 1 1 2 14
1931-32 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 3 10 13 30 2 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 47 4 10 14 48 2 0 1 1 0
1933-34 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 2 5 7 31 4 0 2 2 2
1934-35 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 4 9 13 28 7 3 2 5 0
1935-36 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 4 5 9 24 3 0 0 0 0
1936-37 Montreal Maroons NHL 43 3 4 7 29 5 1 0 1 0
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 48 4 5 9 32
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 0 3 3 12 3 0 0 0 4
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 1 3 4 6
NHL Totals 575 39 68 107 355 35 5 6 11 20

NHL Second All-Star Team (1935) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1937, 1939) Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHA), September 25, 1926. Chicago (AHA) paid cash to Windsor (Can-Pro) to free up professional rights, December 20, 1926. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, March 22, 1927. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Chicago for $10,000, October 24, 1932. Traded to Montreal by Mtl. Maroons for cash, September 14, 1938.
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