Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Henry
Jim Henry's name never sounds complete unless he's referred to as "Sugar" Jim. As a toddler growing up in Winnipeg, he used to waddle next door to visit some girls. "They'd dip my soother in a sugar bowl," he recalled, "So the girls gave me the name 'Sugar'. Then I couldn't get rid of it!"

Henry soon replaced his soother with goal pads and a glove, progressing from the Brandon Elks of the MJHL to the Regina Rangers of the SJHL. As a top-line backstopper, Henry caught the attention of the New York Rangers GM, Frank Boucher. Boucher needed a replacement for his old mainstay, Davie Kerr. Henry was brought east to Broadway in 1941 where he impressed Ranger fans and management winning 29 games and helping the club to secure a first-place finish.

But the outbreak of World War II immediately eclipsed Henry's big-league momentum as military service took precedence for the following 3 seasons. Upon his return to the NHL in 1945, Henry appeared rusty and without the edge that had defined his initial arrival in New York. The next two campaigns brought stints with New Haven of the AHL. By 1947, he returned to regular NHL duties, but finished below .500, first with the Rangers and then with the Blackhawks.

A two-year stint in the USHL and the AHL, however, revived Henry's edge. The Bruins picked him up in 1951, and he delivered some of the most exciting moments of his career, leading the Bruins to the finals in 1953 where they lost to the powerhouse Canadiens four games to one.

By the mid-1950s, however, Henry had grown tired of life on the road with his family in tow. So he retired from the NHL, picking up only the odd assignment in Canada until 1960.

On January 22, 2004 "Sugar" Jim Henry passed away in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 83.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1937-38 Winnipeg Lombards WJrHL
1938-39 Brandon Elks MJHL 15 1 2.96 7 0 4.29
1938-39 Brandon Elks M-Cup 6 3 3 0 1 4.33
1939-40 Brandon Elks MJHL 23 0 3.57 3 3 0 0 1 2.00
1940-41 Regina Rangers SSHL 29 2 3.00 8 1 2.75
1940-41 Regina Rangers Al-Cup 14 9 4 1 2 2.71
1941-42 New York Rangers NHL 48 29 17 2 1 2.90 6 2 4 1 2.17
1942-43 Ottawa Staff Clerks ONDHL 8 0 6.63
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 23 1 3.65
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos Al-Cup 12 9 2 1 2 2.84
1943-44 Red Deer Army CNDHL 16 0 3.25 5 0 3.80
1944-45 Calgary Navy CNDHL 15 0 6.13
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 7 2 1 4.04
1945-46 New Haven Ramblers AHL 25 8 15 2 1 3.84
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 2 0 0 4.50
1946-47 New Haven Ramblers AHL 58 20 28 10 5 3.40 3 1 2 0 0 3.67
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 48 17 18 13 2 3.19
1947-48 New Haven Ramblers AHL 13 6 6 1 1 3.08
1948-49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 21 31 8 0 3.52
1949-50 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 68 29 27 12 3 3.75 3 0 3 0 0 6.67
1950-51 Omaha Knights USHL 7 5 2 0 1 2.57
1950-51 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 58 37 19 2 0 3.44 3 0 3 0 0 3.47
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 70 25 29 16 7 2.51 7 3 4 1 2.41
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 70 28 29 13 8 2.46 9 5 4 0 3.06
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 70 32 28 10 8 2.59 4 0 4 0 4.00
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 27 8 12 6 1 3.02 3 1 2 0 2.62
1955-56 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA
1956-57 Winnipeg Maroons X-Games
1957-58 Winnipeg Maroons X-Games
1957-58 Winnipeg Maroons Al-Cup 12 10 2 0 1 2.58
1958-59 Warroad Lakers MHL-Sr. 14 0 2.92
1959-60 St. Paul Saints IHL 9 0 3.89
1959-60 Winnipeg Maroons Al-Cup 3 1 2 0 0 2.01
NHL Totals 406 161 173 70 28 2.87 29 11 18 2 2.79


CNDHL First All-Star Team (1944)
USHL First All-Star Team (1950)
Charles Gardiner Memorial Trophy (USHL - Top Goaltender) (1950)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1952) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1952)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 28, 1941. Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers for Emile Francis and Alex Kaleta, October 7, 1948. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Metro Prystai, Gaye Stewart and Bob Goldham for Harry Lumley, Jack Stewart, Al Dewsbury, Pete Babando and Don Morrison, July 13, 1950. Traded to Boston by Detroit for cash, September 28, 1951. Signed as a free agent by St. Paul (IHL), February 8, 1960.