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October 27, 2014

Godfrey Matheson: Coaching Blow Hard


The fact that I can not seem to find a photo of Godfrey Matheson probably tells you a lot about his impact in the National Hockey League.

Matheson was ever so briefly the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1932-33 season. He was hired by Hawks boss Major Frederick McLaughlin after a chance meeting on a train, but he lasted only two games - both losses.

Matheson had an innovative though unsuccessful coaching strategy. He would signal plays from the bench by blowing a whistle. Allegedly one blast told the player carrying the puck to pass, two meat to shoot and three meant to fall back and prepare to play defensively.

Matheson was replaced by Tommy Gorman as coach.

I know very little else of Godfrey Matheson. Be sure to tell us more in the comments section if you do.

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