Monday, December 14, 2009

Cy Wentworth

Marvin "Cyclone" Wentworth, better known as just Cy, was known as a steady and consistent defensive defenseman with the Chicago Black Hawks (1927-1932), Montreal Maroons (1932-1938) and Montreal Canadiens (1938-1940).

At 5'11" and 175lbs he was not a big player, not even back in those days, but he quickly developed a reputation as a thundering but clean bodychecker. An underrated star who never did anything fancily, it was said he was able to "command the defensive zone." As he matured as a player he developed the confidence to explore his offensive game. In doing so he became a very valuable player.

That was never more so evident than in the spring of 1935. From the blue line Wentworth led the whole league in post-season scoring while capturing his only Stanley Cup championship with the Maroons. Wenthworth was described as the hero of those playoffs, time and time again stepping into any opposition attacker. A little later on he would be named to the 1935 NHL Second All Star team, the only time he would be so honoured.

Born in Grimsby, Ontario, Marvin Wentworth went on to a brilliant junior career in Windsor. The Chicago Black Hawks were quick to secure his professional rights, gambling that he would be a solid pro.

The Hawks were rewarded quickly with that gamble, as Wentworth soon settled in on a defensive line with big Taffy Abel. The pair formed a fantastic hard hitting defensive duo, with Wentworth providing quick feet and an active stick. Off the ice he was recognized as a team leader known for his good humour.

By 1932 Wentworth would be named as the Hawks' team captain, but he would be traded at the beginning of the 1932-33 season. The Montreal Maroons offered the handsome sum of $10,000 in exchange for Wentworth, not an insignificant sum in the days of the Great Depression.

The Maroons were quite happy with their purchase. Wentworth's stabilizing influence was immediately, and never more so evident than in the Stanley Cup championship run of 1935.

The Maroons would fold just three years later, due to their own financial problems. Wentworth would be sold once again, this time across town to the Montreal Canadiens. He would play with the Habs for 2 more seasons before retiring in 1940.

Cy Wentworth played in 579 NHL games, scoring 39 goals and 107 points. He moved back to Ontario in retirement, taking up several business ventures in the Toronto area.

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