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Dick Irvin
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Hockey Player
    (July 19, 1892-May 16, 1957)
    Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Birth name was James Dickinson Irvin, Jr.
    Center for the Portland Rosebuds (Pacific Coast Hockey League, 1916-17), Regina Capitals (Western Canada Hockey League, 1921-26) and Chicago Black Hawks (NHL, 1926-29)
    Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks (1928-31,1955-56), Toronto Maple Leafs (1931-40) and Montreal Canadiens (1940-55)
    Coaching record: 691 wins, 527 losses, 230 ties
    Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player (1958)
    As coach, he lost a record twelve Stanley Cups.
    He was accused of condoning 'goon' tactics by his players.
    He was fired in the aftermath of the Richard Riot, since Canadiens general manager Frank Selke felt Irvin was encouraging Maurice Richards's belligerence.
    When his son Dick became a color commentator for Hockey Night in Canada, they were often distinguished from each other by being called Dick, Sr., and Dick, Jr. -- but actually Dick, Sr., was Dick, Jr., and Dick, Jr., was Dick III.
    In addition to playing hockey, he was a competitive curler.
    He served in the Canadian army during World War I.
    His playing career was cut short when he suffered a skull fracture.
    As coach, he led his teams to a record sixteen Stanley Cup finals.

Credit: C. Fishel


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