March 11, 2016

Harvey Teno

Harvey Teno, the hockey pride of Windsor, Ontario, was a dominant amateur and American Hockey League goaltender in the 1930s and 1940s.

His pro career may have begun by a case of mistaken identity.

Growing up Harvey had to share the net and the pads with his older brother Charlie. Charlie was pretty good, too. He backstopped the powerful Hamilton senior team to provincial and national amateur championships.

When the Atlantic City Seagulls called to invite this goaltender named Teno to come play in New Jersey, legend has it they did not realize they were talking to younger brother Harvey.

Harvey went turned pro in 1936-37. He had a pretty good resume himself to that point. After all he led the St. Michael's Majors to the Memorial Cup championship as Canada's junior champs in 1934.

And so began a long career in the American Hockey League. Playing until 1947, three times he led all AHL goaltenders in victories and was a Calder Cup champion in 1945.

Teno's only NHL experience came in a five game span in the 1938-39 season. Detroit goaltender Normie Smith was suspended for refusing to play. Teno was called up as a stop-gap measure, posting a 2-3 record with a respectable 3.00 goals against average.

Unfortunately for Teno the Detroit goaltending situation was settled when the Red Wings acquired veteran Tiny Thompson from the Boston Bruins. Thompson played the rest of the way in Detroit that season while Teno returned to the minor leagues.

Teno returned to Windsor after his playing days and stayed very involved in hockey. He was a minor hockey coach and a long time referee at several levels. He was also heavily involved as an executive with both the Ontario Hockey Association and the Windsor Minor Hockey Association.

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