Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Gallagher
The Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League was the breeding ground for defenseman John Gallagher, who played four years with his hometown Kenora Thistles from 1925 to 1929.

Following a season in the MCHL with Montreal, controversy arose as to who owned Gallagher's NHL playing rights. Toronto had signed him to a free-agent contract, but it was ruled he was the property of the Montreal Maroons. He played two full seasons with the Maroons before being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings early in the 1932-33 campaign.

Gallagher missed the majority of the 1933-34 season, recovering from serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was briefly sent to the New York Americans in a trade hut was soon dealt back to the Red Wings. He was then sent back to New York for a second time which is where he played out his days as an NHL defenseman.

In 205 NHL games, Gallagher netted 14 goals and 33 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1925-26 Kenora Thistles TBSHL 16 4 3 7 12
1926-27 Kenora Thistles TBJHL 12 5 4 9 18
1927-28 Kenora Thistles TBJHL
1928-29 Kenora Thistles TBJHL 16 4 3 7 12
1929-30 Montreal CPR MCHL
1929-30 Montreal AAA MCHL 10 3 0 3 25 2 0 0 0 0
1929-30 Montreal AAA Al-Cup 9 3 3 6 26
1930-31 Montreal Maroons NHL 35 4 2 6 35 2 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Montreal Maroons NHL 19 1 0 1 18
1931-32 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 29 6 4 10 48 6 2 1 3 13
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 6 1 0 1 0
1932-33 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 3 6 9 48 4 1 1 2 4
1932-33 Detroit Olympics IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1934-35 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 26 3 5 8 8
1935-36 Detroit Olympics IHL 44 4 3 7 40 6 3 0 3 2
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 9 0 0 0 8
1936-37 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 31 6 7 13 22 5 0 0 0 0
1936-37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 1 0 1 4 10 1 0 1 17
1937-38 New York Americans NHL 46 3 6 9 18 6 0 2 2 6
1938-39 New York Americans NHL 43 1 5 6 22 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 205 14 19 33 153 24 2 3 5 27


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 30, 1930.
Mtl. Maroons also claimed Gallagher's rights. NHL ruled he was property of Mtl. Maroons, September 27, 1930. Traded to Detroit by Mtl. Maroons for Reg Noble, December 9, 1932.
Missed majority of 1933-34 due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident, November, 1933. Loaned to Windsor (IHL) by Detroit and played games in Canada only because he was denied entry into the U.S.A., November 30, 1934. Traded to NY Americans by Detroit for $6,000, October 7, 1936. Traded to Detroit by NY Americans for cash, November 29, 1936. Traded to NY Americans by Detroit for $6,000, October 7, 1937.
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