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Position Centre
Shot Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
162 lb (74 kg)
Teams Chicago Blackhawks
Nationality CAN
Born July 19, 1892(1892-07-19),
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Died April 15 1957 (aged 64),
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Pro Career 1926 – 1929
Hall of Fame, 1958

James Dickinson "Dick" Irvin (Sr.) (July 19, 1892 – May 15, 1957) was a Canadian player and coach in the National Hockey League.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario,Irvin was one of the greatest players of his day, balancing a torrid slapshot and tough style with gentlemanly play. He played junior and senior amateur hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, winning the Allan Cup in 1915 with the Winnipeg Monarchs. He began his professional career in 1916 with the Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and was the fourth leading scoring rookie tallying 35 goals. Following a brief stint in the Canadian Army, he was reinstated as an amateur and played with the Winnipeg Ypres and the Regina Capitals. Irvin turned professional again in 1921 when the Regina Capitals turned pro in the Western Canada Hockey League. In 1926, at age 34, he entered the NHL, signed by the newly formed Chicago Black Hawks. Irvin was made the team's first captain, and had an impressive campaign, finishing second in the league in scoring. In their first season, the Black Hawks led all NHL teams in scoring, led by Irvin and Babe Dye. Irvin's second season turned to tragedy as he fractured his skull, which led to retirement after the 1928–29 season. The Hawks had finished with the worst record in the NHL in both of his last two seasons as a player.

Irvin was hired as head coach of the Black Hawks in 1930, and in his first season behind the bench led the team to 24 wins, 17 losses and 3 ties. Upon seeing his success as a coach, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe convinced Irvin to coach the Leafs. In his first season coaching the Leafs (the first in the brand-new Maple Leaf Gardens), he achieved immediate success by winning the Stanley Cup. However, Irvin was unable to deliver another Cup for the Leafs during his time as coach, despite taking them to the finals six more times.

Smythe soon felt that Irvin had taken the Leafs as far as he could and Irvin resigned in 1940. Tommy Gorman went and picked him up and drove him to Montreal to become coach of the then-moribund Montreal Canadiens.[1] It was there that Irvin found his greatest success, leading the Habs to three Cups in six finals. Helped by star players Elmer Lach, Doug Harvey, goalie Bill Durnan and a young Maurice Richard, the Canadiens were just beginning to blossom as an NHL dynasty.

Irvin, however, came under fire for encouraging "goon" tactics, especially after Montreal fans rioted in protest of Richard's suspension for the 1955 playoffs. Although they made it to the finals (losing to the Detroit Red Wings), internal pressure forced Irvin to step down.

He returned to the Black Hawks as head coach for the 1955–56 season, taking the reins of a moribund team that had only made the playoffs once in the past 10 years and finished last in the past two seasons. Irvin was unable to turn the team's fortunes around, and the Black Hawks again ended the year in last place, despite the emergence of Ed Litzenberger as a scoring star. Irvin was to coach the Black Hawks again in 1956–57, but he became so ill with bone cancer that he had to retire before the season began. He died a few months later at age 64.

A year later, Irvin was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. His coaching career included four Stanley Cups with 692 regular season wins, results surpassed only by Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman.

Awards and achievements

  • Allan Cup Championship (1915)
  • Stanley Cup Championships (1932 - Toronto, 1944, 1946, and 1953 - Montreal)
  • Lost in the finals a record 12 times as a Coach (1931 - Chicago, 1933-35-36-38-39-40 - Toronto, 1947-51-52-54-55 - Montreal)
  • NHL First All-Star Team Coach (1944, 1945, & 1946)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team Coach (1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, & 1941)
  • Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983
  • Selected to Manitoba's All-Century First All-Star Team and named Coach of the Century
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1922-23  Regina Capitals             WCHL   25    9    4   13   12
1923-24  Regina Capitals             WCHL   29   15    8   23   33
1924-25  Regina Capitals             WCHL   28   13    5   18   38
1925-26  Portland Rosebuds           WCHL   30   30    5   35   31
1926-27  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    44   18   18   36   34   2   2   0   2   4
1927-28  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    14    5    4    9   14  --  --  --  --  --
1928-29  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    36    6    1    7   30  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                         94   29   23   52   78   2   2   0   2   4

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
CHI 1928–29 12 2 6 4 - (22) 5th in American Did Not Qualify
CHI 1930–31 44 24 17 3 - 51 2nd in American Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1931–32 43 23 15 5 - (53) 2nd in Canadian Won Stanley Cup
TOR 1932–33 48 24 18 6 - 54 1st in Canadian Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1933–34 48 26 13 9 - 61 1st in Canadian Lost in Second Round
TOR 1934–35 48 30 14 4 - 64 1st in Canadian Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1935–36 48 23 19 6 - 52 2nd in Canadian Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1936–37 48 22 21 5 - 49 3rd in Canadian Lost in First Round
TOR 1937–38 48 24 15 9 - 57 1st in Canadian Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1938–39 48 19 20 9 - 47 3rd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
TOR 1939–40 48 25 17 6 - 56 3rd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1940–41 48 16 26 6 - 38 6th in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1941–42 48 18 27 3 - 39 6th in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1942–43 50 19 19 12 - 50 4th in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1943–44 50 38 5 7 - 83 1st in NHL Won Stanley Cup
MTL 1944–45 50 38 8 4 - 80 1st in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1945–46 50 28 17 5 - 61 1st in NHL Won Stanley Cup
MTL 1946–47 60 34 16 10 - 78 1st in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1947–48 60 20 29 11 - 51 5th in NHL Did Not Qualify
MTL 1948–49 60 28 23 9 - 65 3rd in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1949–50 70 29 22 19 - 77 2nd in NHL Lost in First Round
MTL 1950–51 70 25 30 15 - 65 3rd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1951–52 70 34 26 10 - 78 2nd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1952–53 70 28 23 19 - 75 2nd in NHL Won Stanley Cup
MTL 1953–54 70 35 24 11 - 81 2nd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1954–55 70 41 18 11 - 93 2nd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI 1955–56 70 19 39 12 - 50 6th in NHL Did Not Qualify
Preceded by
new creation
Chicago Black Hawks captains
1926-29
Succeeded by
L. S. Dutkowski
Preceded by
Bill Tobin
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
1930–31
Succeeded by
Bill Tobin
Preceded by
Art Duncan
Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1931-40
Succeeded by
Hap Day
Preceded by
Pit Lepine
Head Coaches of the Montreal Canadiens
1940-55
Succeeded by
Toe Blake
Preceded by
Frank Eddolls
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
1955–56
Succeeded by
Tommy Ivan
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