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May 01, 2015

Sammy Godin

Sammy Godin was a speedster who spent three seasons in the NHL.

Godin was born in Rockland, Ontario, a half hour drive from Ottawa, on September 20th, 1907. At the recommendation of Ottawa Journal sports editor Baz O'Meara, Godin would venture to the Canadian capital city to play two seasons with the famed Senators of the National Hockey League in 1927-28 and 1928-29.

For all his speed and promise, Godin never really got untracked. He was scoreless in 24 games in his rookie season. He was farmed out to Niagara Falls for a spell in year two where the legendary Newsy Lalonde was coaching and able to Godin playing well again. He returned to the Sens and scored twice and added a single assist while exhibiting some spirited play.

The Senators opted to let Godin go after that season. He was shipped off the Buffalo Bisons of the IHL. He would enjoy four solid seasons in the Nickel City.

The Montreal Canadiens noted his play in Buffalo, and acquired his contract for the 1933-34 season. Godin played the full season with the Habs, scoring two goals and two assists.

Godin was returned the minor leagues after season, never return to the NHL. He spent the better part of the next three seasons back in Buffalo, but the team folded in 1936. Godin found employment far away in Vancouver, beginning his vagabond tour of the minor leagues.

Godin returned to the Ottawa area during World War II. He tried coaching and playing senior hockey, but found greater fame for his new job. He was tasked by the Legion to organize exhibition hockey matches with military teams and local teams on weekends.

After a brief tour of England as a referee Godin returned to Ottawa in 1946 and remained there until his death in 1975. He was 67 years old.

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