Skip to main content

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.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M