Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Russ Blinco

As a rookie Russ Blinco sure caught the eye of the National Hockey League.

A clever though quiet regular of the Montreal Maroons in the 1930s, Blinco's inaugural season in 1933-34 saw him named as the NHL's rookie of the year. He scored 14 goals and 23 points in 31 games that year, only the second year the NHL awarded the Calder trophy.

The native of Grand'mere Quebec had bigger trophies in mind in his sophomore season. He would score a career high 27 points in a full 48 game schedule, including a 4 goal game agains the New York Americans. He would add 2 goals and 4 points in 7 playoff contests, his second goal was the game winner in game two of Maroon's three game sweep of Toronto in the Stanley Cup finals. It was the last Stanley Cup title in Montreal Maroons history.

Blinco would continue to toil with the Maroons for three more seasons. The Maroons faced increasing financial difficulties as the Great Depression's grip held firm.

By August of 1938 the Maroons had suspended operations and began selling off their players. Blinco, Baldy Northcott and Earl Robinson were sold to Chicago for $30,000.

Blinco would play just one season in Chicago before retiring.

Blinco retired having scored 59 goals and 66 assists for 125 points in 259 career NHL games. Blinco was described an intelligent pivot known for his gentlemanly play and proficient effectiveness. He often played with wingers Robinson and Dave Trottier.

His best game came in the 1934-35 season when he scored

Upon his retirement, Blinco made his home in Bedford, Quebec, working as an accountant. The former McGill University star student remained active in the hockey scene, managing the rink and coaching and refereeing the game at many local levels.

1 comment:

anonymous said...

When he scored...??? I want to know :)

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