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October 12, 2015

Bert Connelly

Bert Connelly was a long time senior hockey star, most notably with the Moncton Hawks.

With Jimmy Foster in net and the offense of Connelly and Sammy McManus, the Hawks would win the Allan Cup as Canada's amateur champions in both 1933 and 1934. Connelly led the way in goals both years.

The next season Connelly jumped for the bright lights and big paychecks of New York City, agreeing to play hockey for the Rangers. In 1934-35, playing on a line with Lynn Patrick and Charlie Mason, he contributed 10 goals, but his play tailed off the following year. After half a season and just two goals scored, he was demoted to the minor leagues.

Connelly would reappear in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1938, playing a depth role. Though he never scored a point in 10 playoff games, he helped the Hawks win the Stanley Cup that spring.

Connelly would continue playing for a few seasons in the minor leagues before returning to Quebec to play more senior hockey.

Bert Connelly passed away in Montreal in 1990. He was 81 years old.

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