think of Cleveland sports, thoughts immediately come to mind of
the Browns and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.
Or Bob Feller and the Indians. Yes, both teams have great traditions.
But the true Cleveland sports fan also knows the Barons have a great
history, too. Many name players skated for the Cleveland Barons
during their initial run in the AHL. Over those 36 seasons, the
Barons won nine Calder Cups and 10 division titles. Future Hockey
Hall of Famers, NHL coaching greats and Cleveland hockey legends
were part of early Barons history. Heres a sampling of some
of these greats.
Played 36 games for Barons and scored 13 goals and had 19 assists
for 32 points. . .He played 1,069 NHL games for four teams (N.Y.
Rangers, Toronto, Detroit and Pittsburgh), scoring 973 points (349
goals and 624 assists). . . Won the 1959 Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.
. . Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1978).
Wore the Barons crest for 303 games. . .Best year was in 1963-64
as he posted a 2.77 goals-against average in 65 games. . .Won the
Dudley Red Garrett Award as the AHLs top rookie
in 1962. . .Played five seasons (1967-72) for Pittsburgh in the
Known as The China Wall. . .Tended goal for 472 games
during his 13 seasons in Cleveland. . .Won three straight AHL Most
Valuable Player Awards (1956-58). . .A five-time AHL First Team
All-Star. . .A member of four Stanley Cup Champions with Toronto
(1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967). . .Inducted into the Hockey Hall of
Played in 398 games over seven seasons. . .A member of the Cleveland
Falcons (1936-39). . . Scored 184 goals for the Barons and had 478
points (294 assists). . .A three-time AHL Second Team All-Star.
. .Also appeared in 60 NHL games.
Currently the senior professional scout for the parent San Jose
Sharks. . .Played 204 games and accumulated 451 penalty minutes.
. .Played 500 NHL games over eight seasons (1963-71), racked up
1,214 penalty minutes and won five Stanley Cups all with
Montreal. . .Known as one of the top enforcers of his era. . .Served
as general manager with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets after
his playing days ended.
The Cat tended goal in 122 games for the Barons. . .Led
the AHL with 37 wins and five shutouts in 1953-54. . .Played in
95 NHL games with Chicago and the Rangers. . .Was traded to Cleveland
by the Rangers in 1953 as part of a three-player deal (Rangers got
Johnny Bower). . .Coached the Rangers to the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals.
. .Won 388 games as a head coach with the Rangers and St. Louis.
. .Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (1982 Builders
Played 16 seasons for the Barons. . .In 963 games, he scored 412
goals and had 696 assists for 1,108 points. . . A five-time AHL
First Team All-Star. . .Three-time winner of the Les Cunningham
Award as AHL MVP. . .Led the AHL in scoring twice. . .Scored 42
goals in 1956-57. . .Cracked the 100-point barrier (107) in 1959-60
.Coached in the NHL with the California Golden Seals and Los Angeles.
Played only one season for the Barons, but it was memorable as he
won Eddie Shore Award as the AHLs top defenseman. . . A five
time NHL All-Star. . . Played in the NHL for Montreal, Minnesota,
Detroit, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Scored 27 goals and 55 assists for 82 points in his lone Cleveland
season. . .Bat played just one NHL season (1967-68 with
Minnesota). . . He died from injuries suffered in a game against
the Oakland Seals during that season. . .Has an annual award named
after him that goes to the National Hockey League player who
best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and
dedication to hockey.
Legendary coach of the Philadelphia Flyers cut his hockey teeth
with the Barons. . .Had 213 penalty minutes in 185 games. . .His
Flyers, known as the Broad Street Bullies, won consecutive
Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. . . Won 390 games as an NHL coach.
. .Only posted two losing seasons (first and last) in 10 years behind