May 04, 2015

Gene Carrigan

Back in the 1930s Gene Carrigan was a pretty dominant though well travelled minor league player, back when the CAHL, IAHL and AHA all pre-dated the American Hockey League.

At 6' and 200lbs Carrigan was one of the biggest centers on the circuit. He regularly was among the scoring leaders.

Carrigan, an Edmonton boy, did get a fair shake at the NHL in 1930-31. He played 33 games for the New York Rangers though he was used as a depth player. He scored the only two goals of his NHL career.

Carrigan was back to the minors for several years after that. Detroit picked him up for four games in the 1934 playoffs.

In 1934-35 Detroit loaned him out to the St. Louis Eagles for four games in the 1934-35 season when the Eagles ran into injuries. He was returned after contributing just one assist.

Carrigan died far too young. In 1945, at the age of just 39, he passed away in Fort Worth, Texas. He had lost an 18 month battle with Hodgkin's Disease. Fort Worth was his last minor league stop and remained there after hanging up his skates to work as president of Texas Ice Events, managing the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum and bringing in ice shows.

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