December 10, 2015

Roger Jenkins

"Broadway" Roger Jenkins was one of the few American-born NHLers in the NHL during the 1930's. He was born Appleton, Wisconsin, but as a youth his family moved to Port Arthur, Ontario. That is where Jenkins learned the game of hockey.

The defenseman was a NHL regular throughout the 1930s, though he moved around a lot. Three different times he played for the Chicago Black Hawks - the team history most associates him with. He would win Stanley Cups with the Hawks in 1934 and 1938.

Between the two championships Jenkins was traded to Montreal in the famous Howie Morenz trade. He also had stints with Toronto, Boston, the Montreal Maroons and New York Americans in his career.

Jenkins was versatile in that the defenseman occasionally also played as a winger. And one night he even donned to goalie pads!

In New York he replaced injured goalie Earl Robertson during the 2nd period of a game against the New York Rangers. Jenkins did not fare too well, however. He let in seven goals in 30 minutes, losing the game 11-5

After the 1938-39 season, he was sold to Eddie Shore's Springfield Indians. He would bounce around the minor leagues, too, before settling in the Pacific Northwest, playing and coaching in Seattle and Tacoma for several years to end his career.

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