August 30, 2015

Bill Allum

Bill Allum only played in one NHL game, but he had quite the interesting athletic career nonetheless.

Allum was Winnipeg born and raised, staying until he was 21 years old. It was in 1937 that he signed with the New York Rangers organization, but played all but one game in the minor leagues over the next four years with the New York Rovers and Philadelphia Ramblers.

It was surprising Allum did not get more of a look at the NHL level as NHL rosters were increasingly decimated by military obligations as World War II progressed. But Allum got in his one game in, set up a goal, and then disappeared forever as far as the NHL was concerned.

Yet Allum continued to play in multiple cities as a pro until 1948, minus his own military service from 1943 through 1945.

After his pro career, he headed to Owen Sound, where he was re-instated as an amateur. He helped the Owen Sound Mercuries win the Allan Cup in 1951. Allum, an accomplished Lacrosse player, also helped Owen Sound capture the Mann Cup in 1950.

Allum would return to Manitoba after he hung up the skates and started coaching. In 1959 he guided the Winnipeg Braves to the Memorial Cup championship, defeating Scotty Bowman's Peterborough Petes.

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