Alf Skinner

Alf Skinner
Alf Skinner, Toronto Arenas.jpg
Skinner with the Toronto Arenas.
Born (1894-01-26)January 26, 1894
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 11, 1961(1961-04-11) (aged 67)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHA
Toronto Shamrocks
Toronto Blueshirts
Montreal Wanderers
NHL
Toronto Arenas
Boston Bruins
Montreal Maroons
Pittsburgh Pirates
PCHA
Vancouver Millionaires
Vancouver Maroons
AHA
Duluth Hornets
CPHL
Kitchener Millionaires
Kitchener Flying Dutchmen
Playing career 1913–1930

Alfred "Dutch" Skinner (January 26, 1894 – April 11, 1961) was a Canadian ice hockey right winger. During his career, which lasted from 1913 to 1930 he played for several teams in the National Hockey Association, National Hockey League, and Pacific Coast Hockey Association, his longest tenure was with the Vancouver Millionaires (later Maroons) of the PCHA. With the Toronto Arenas he won the Stanley Cup in 1918, and played for the Cup a further three times with Vancouver.

Playing career

Skinner played junior hockey for the Toronto Argonauts (1911–12) and the Parkdale Canoe Club (1912–13) and senior hockey with the Toronto Rowing Club (1913–14). He turned professional in 1914 with the Toronto Shamrocks of the National Hockey Association. After one season, the team evolved into the Toronto Blueshirts. During the 1916–17 season, the league suspended operations of the Blueshirts, and Skinner finished the season with the Montreal Wanderers.

With the creation of the National Hockey League in 1917, Skinner returned to Toronto and played for the Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Arenas club, which consisted mostly of Toronto Blueshirts players. Skinner was the offensive star of the Cup championships, scoring eight goals in five games in the 1918 Stanley Cup Finals.

During the 1917–18 NHL season Skinner was also involved in a violent tussle with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Joe Hall, during a game on January 28, 1918. Both players were arrested for assault and appeared in a Toronto court together on January 29 where both were released after being handed a suspended sentence.[1]

In 1919, Skinner went west to play for Vancouver in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.[2] The team unsuccessfully challenged for the Stanley Cup in 1921 and 1922. The 1920–21 season was Skinner's best, when he scored 20 goals in 24 games.

When the PCHA merged with the Western Canada Hockey League in 1924, Skinner returned to the NHL to play for the Boston Bruins. He was traded during the season to the Montreal Maroons and finished the year with just one goal in 27 games. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to start the 1925–26 season, but only played seven games with the team, ending his NHL career.

In 1926–27, Skinner played in the minor professional American Hockey Association for the Duluth Hornets. For the next two seasons, he was player-coach for Kitchener in the Canadian Professional Hockey League. When that league became the International Hockey League in 1929, Skinner became player-coach for the Guelph Maple Leafs in the new Canadian Professional Hockey League. He led the team to the championship in the league's only year of operations. He retired as a player in 1930.

Outside of hockey, Skinner was an employee of the City of Toronto and served a term as president of the Spadina Men's Progressive Conservative Association. He died in April, 1961 at age 67 at his home in Toronto and was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.[3]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1911–12 Toronto Argonauts OHA Jr β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1912–13 Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club OHA Jr β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1913–14 Toronto Rowing Club OHA Sr 6 4 0 4 0 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1914–15 Toronto Shamrocks NHA 16 5 2 7 68 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1915–16 Toronto Blueshirts NHA 23 7 4 11 66 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1916–17 Toronto Blueshirts NHA 14 6 7 13 52 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1916–17 Montreal Wanderers NHA 6 5 0 5 23 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1917–18 Toronto Arenas NHL 20 13 5 18 28 2 0 1 1 9
1917–18 Toronto Arenas St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 5 8 2 10 18
1918–19 Toronto Arenas NHL 17 12 4 16 26 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1919–20 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 22 15 2 17 28 2 1 0 1 0
1920–21 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 24 20 4 24 22 2 3 1 4 6
1920–21 Vancouver Millionaires St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 3 4 0 4 14
1921–22 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 24 11 2 13 21 2 0 0 0 6
1921–22 Vancouver Millionaires St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 5 0 1 1 12
1922–23 Vancouver Maroons PCHA 23 13 2 15 28 2 0 0 0 2
1922–23 Vancouver Maroons St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 3 1 1 2 6
1923–24 Vancouver Maroons PCHA 29 5 2 7 38 2 0 0 0 2
1923–24 Vancouver Maroons West-PO β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 3 0 0 0 0
1923–24 Vancouver Maroons St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 2 0 0 0 0
1924–25 Boston Bruins NHL 10 0 0 0 15 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1924–25 Montreal Maroons NHL 17 1 1 2 16 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1925–26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 7 0 0 0 2 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1926–27 Duluth Hornets AHA 23 2 3 5 40 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1927–28 Kitchener Millionaires Can-Pro 18 4 0 4 42 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1928–29 Kitchener Flying Dutchmen Can-Am 39 14 5 19 63 3 0 0 0 10
1929–30 Guelph Maple Leafs Can-Pro β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
NHA totals 59 23 13 36 209 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
PCHA/WHL totals 122 64 12 76 137 10 4 1 5 16
NHL totals 71 26 10 36 87 2 0 1 1 9

References

  1. ^ ""Bad Joe" Hall and Alfie Skinner got off on suspended sentence for fracas in Toronto match" Ottawa Citizen. Jan. 30, 1918 (pg. 6). Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  2. ^ "Three Eastern hockey stars who are expected to shine with the Millionaires this season" Vancouver Daily World. Dec. 27, 1919 (pg. 15). Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  3. ^ "Old Hockey Star Alfie Skinner Dies In Toronto" Ottawa Citizen. April 26, 1961 (pg. 32). Retrieved 2020-10-30.

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