Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Art Brooks
Arthur Brooks was one of three goaltenders carried by the Toronto Arenas during the 1917-18 NHL season. The starter was Harry Holmes, who played in 16 of the team's 22 games. Brooks was between the pipes for four games during the regular season. He won two and lost two while allowing 23 goals against for a 6.27 gaa. Brooks was once on the losing end of a 10-9 game against the Montreal Wanderers, where Harry Hyland scored six goals for the winners. The third goalie in the mix that season with Toronto was Sammy Hebert, who played in two games, but had an official record of one win and no losses.

In the 1918 playoffs, the Arenas met the high-powered Montreal Canadiens in a two-game total-goals series. Toronto skated away with a 7-3 victory in game one, and although the Canadiens came back to win the second game 4-3, they lost the series by three goals on aggregate.

The Arenas then advanced to the Stanley Cup championship against the PCHL champion Vancouver Millionaires for a best-of-five series. All games were played in Toronto due to the high costs of travel and the length of time it would take to travel from the east to west coast. It was a close series, going the distance, with the Arenas winning the fifth and deciding game by a 2-1 score. It showed tremendous character and fortitude after being blown out 8-1 in game four. It was lucky for the Arenas that the Stanley Cup was not based on goals for and against, because they were outscored 21-18 over the five games.

Despite being on a championship team, the Arenas used Holmes exclusively as their goaltender throughout the playoffs and released Brooks and forward Jack Coughlin on January 6, 1918. Rather than continue in hockey, Brooks promptly retired, never to play another professional hockey game.

Jack Adams, the highest paid player on the club, earned $112.50 per game. It's believed Brooks earned about $20 per game.

Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1906-07 Guelph Lyons OHA-Jr. 3 3 0 0 0 2.67
1908-09 Pittsburgh Duquesne WPHL 4 0 3 1 0 4.56
1909-10 Owen Sound Seniors OHA-Sr.
1910-11 Owen Sound Seniors OHA-Sr.
1911-12 Guelph Maple Leafs OHA-Sr.
1912-13 Owen Sound Seniors OHA-Sr.
1916-17 Toronto Blueshirts NHA 4 2 2 0 0 4.00
1917-18 Toronto Arenas NHL 4 2 2 0 0 6.27
NHL Totals 4 2 2 0 0 6.27

Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (WPHL), November 1, 1908.
Suspended by USAHA for signing amateur contract with NY Irish Americans (AAHL), January 8, 1917. Signed as a free agent by Toronto Arenas (NHA), January 30, 1917. Claimed by Montreal Canadiens (NHA) from Toronto Arenas (NHA) in Dispersal Draft, February 11, 1917. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, December 15, 1917.
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