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Jack Shill & The 1942 AHL All Star Game

This is Jack Shill, a little known left winger who played 163 NHL games way back in the 1930s.

Though he also played with Chicago (winning the Stanley Cup in 1938), Boston and the New York Americans, he is best known for playing in his hometown of Toronto with many teams, including the Maple Leafs.

Shill rose to the professional ranks thanks to a great junior and senior career with the Toronto Marlies. After retiring from the professional ranks in 1942, he returned to Toronto to play for various senior teams, including teams named Research Colonels, Dehavilands, Tip Tops and Mahar Jewelers.

"Snowball," as he was known to teammates because of his premature balding, also worked for the city of Toronto.

His last three professional seasons were not spent in the NHL but rather the AHL. He was an all star with the Providence Reds, which is why I bring up Shill today.

ClassicAuctions.net has Shill's 1942 AHL All Star Game sweater up for auction:


What a beautiful sweater. And certainly one of the rarest. There are not a lot of 1942 AHL All Star Game sweaters around, I don't imagine, as this was the very first AHL All Star Game. It was actually a benefit game played at the Cleveland Arena on February 3, with the East All-Stars beating the West, 5-4. Proceeds totaling nearly $5,000 were divided between the American and Canadian Red Cross.

At a starting bid of $500 this auction at least starts off at a very reasonable price. I will definitely be watching this auction with curiosity.

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