Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alex Kaleta
Left-winger Alex Kaleta was a solid offensive producer for seven NHL seasons split between the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers during the 1940s. His career would have been more substantial had he not spent three years in the military reserve during World War II.

The native of Canmore, Alberta spent three years in the provincial senior league with the Calgary Stampeders, Regina Aces, and Lethbridge Maple Leafs. "Sea Biscuit" registered 28 points as a rookie with Chicago in 1941-42 then spent three seasons playing with the Calgary Currie Army during the War.

When Kaleta returned to the Hawks in 1945-46, his skills were as sharp as ever. Playing chiefly on a line with Clint Smith and Red Hamill, he averaged just under a point per game and helped the team qualify for the post-season. Kaleta recorded a personal high of 24 goals in 1946-47 then spent one more year in the Windy City before a trade brought him to the New York Rangers. This transaction involved future Blueshirts' coach and GM Emile Francis and the well-known Sugar Jim Henry.

Kaleta's role was more defensive in New York as the team had sufficient offensive punch from Edgar Laprade, Buddy O'Connor, and Don Raleigh. Kaleta did not return to the NHL after the 1950-51 season but did play four years with the Saskatoon Quakers of the PCHL/WHL before retiring in 1955. In 1952-53 he led the WHL with 57 assists and finished with 248 points his last four years in the minors.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1937-38 Canmore Briquettes CCJHL 10 10 3 13 20
1937-38 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ABCHL 22 20 8 28 8 2 1 1 2 2
1938-39 Calgary Stampeders ASHL 32 15 13 28 39
1939-40 Regina Vic-Aces SSHL 32 19 20 39 33 9 4 6 10 10
1940-41 Lethbridge Maple Leafs ASHL 24 20 28 48 22 5 2 4 6 4
1940-41 Lethbridge Maple Leafs Al-Cup 10 6 5 11 22
1941-42 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 7 21 28 12 3 1 2 3 0
1942-43 Calgary Currie Army CNDHL 24 23 35 58 23 5 4 3 7 6
1942-43 Calgary Currie Army Al-Cup 5 2 4 6 0
1943-44 Calgary Currie Army CNDHL 15 8 15 23 24 2 5 1 6 2
1944-45 Calgary Currie Army CNDHL 16 14 12 26 16 3 1 2 3 12
1945-46 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 19 27 46 17 4 0 1 1 2
1946-47 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 24 20 44 37
1947-48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 52 10 16 26 40
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 56 12 19 31 18
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 67 17 14 31 40 10 0 3 3 0
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 58 3 4 7 26
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 5 0 2 2 6
1951-52 Saskatoon Quakers PCHL 62 38 44 82 23 13 6 13 19 4
1952-53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 70 26 57 83 6 13 9 14 23 2
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 70 19 53 72 52 6 0 5 5 4
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 13 2 9 11 10
NHL Totals 387 92 121 213 190 17 1 6 7 2


CNDHL First All-Star Team (1943, 1944) Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Emile Francis for Jim Henry, October 7, 1948. Loaned to Boston (Hershey-AHL) by NY Rangers to complete transaction that sent Zellio Toppazzini and Ed Harrison to NY Rangers (November 16, 1950), November 20, 1950.
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