Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bert McCaffrey
Winger/defenseman Bert "Mac" McCaffery played his seven NHL seasons during the 1920s and 1930s for the Toronto St. Pats, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Montreal Canadiens. Born in Chesley, Ontario, he entered the NHL in 1924-25 after four years with the Ontario Hockey Association's Toronto Granites. In his rookie campaign with the St. Pats he scored 9 goals and 7 assists. The next season was his best from an individual standpoint, 14 goals and 7 assists for 21 points in 36 games.

St. Pats management traded him to Pittsburgh during the early part of the 1927-28 season as part of a three-team deal that brought Ed Rodden to Toronto from Chicago, and sent Ty Arbour to the Windy City. McCaffery was traded again in 1929, this time to Montreal for Gord Fraser. After just over a year with the Canadiens, Mac went to the Providence Reds of the old Can-Am league, and then to the Philadelphia Arrows of the same league, where he rounded out his playing career in 1933.

Perhaps the greatest highlight of McCaffery's career came during his final year as an amateur with the OHA's Granites, when he competed in the 1924 Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. In those days, Canada would send its top amateur club to wear the national colors, and with McCaffery at right wing, the Granites -- a team founded by ex-servicemen after World War I, were dominant, winning the Allan Cup in 1922 and 1923.

McCaffery, along with teammates Harry Watson on left wing and Hooley Smith at center, formed an effective scoring trio for coach Frank Rankin. The Granites opened the seven-game tournament with a 30-0 pasting of Czechoslovakia, followed by a 22-0 crushing of Sweden and a 33-0 drubbing of Switzerland. McCaffery hat-tricks in the first two games, then exploded for an incredible eight goals, including three in a row in the contest against Switzerland.

In the finals, Canada took on the United States on the outdoor ice of Chamonix for the gold medal. Watson, who had been hired by the Toronto Telegram to write a first-person, behind-the-scenes account of the team's trip to France, boasted that Canada would beat the Americans 10 or 12 to nothing -- a prediction that did not seem all that unlikely, considering some of the scores during qualifying. His forecast earned Watson a stick in the face from an unappreciative American during the early minutes of the game. But as things settled down, Canada took control and won the gold medal by a score of 6-1. McCaffery scored once in the final, and finished the tournament with 20 goals in 5 games, second to Watson's 36 (assists were not recorded).

Bert McCaffery passed away in April 1955. In addition to his successful career as a pro, he will long be remembered by Canadian hockey fans as one of the country's great early Olympic hockey players because of his heroics in Chamonix in 1924.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1915-16 Chesley ACC OHA-Int.
1916-17 Toronto Riversides OHA-Sr. 8 9 0 9 2 1 0 1 4
1917-18 Toronto Crescents OHA-Sr. 9 23 0 23
1918-19 Toronto Dentals OHA-Sr. 6 7 1 8 2 0 0 0
1919-20 Parkdale Canoe Club OHA-Sr. 6 6 3 9 1 1 1 2
1920-21 Toronto Granites OHA-Sr. 10 1 3 4 2 0 2 2
1921-22 Toronto Granites OHA-Sr. 10 5 8 13 2 3 2 5
1921-22 Toronto Granites Al-Cup 6 5 2 7
1922-23 Toronto Granites OHA-Sr. 12 10 4 14 2 0 0 0 2
1922-23 Toronto Granites Al-Cup 6 6 2 8 6
1923-24 Toronto Granites Exhib. 14 18 10 28
1923-24 Canada Olympics 5 21 15 36
1924-25 Toronto St. Pats NHL 30 10 6 16 12 2 1 0 1 4
1925-26 Toronto St. Pats NHL 36 14 7 21 42
1926-27 Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs NHL 43 5 5 10 43
1927-28 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 1 1 2 9
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 35 6 3 9 14
1928-29 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 42 1 0 1 34
1929-30 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 15 3 4 7 12
1929-30 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 1 3 4 26 6 1 1 2 6
1930-31 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 2 1 3 10
1930-31 Providence Reds Can-Am 20 6 2 8 24 2 2 1 3 2
1931-32 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 35 7 9 16 26
1932-33 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 7 1 0 1 2
NHL Totals 260 43 30 73 202 8 2 1 3 10


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 16, 1924. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto to complete three team transaction that sent Ty Arbour to Chicago and Eddie Rodden to Toronto, December, 1927. Traded to Montreal by Pittsburgh for Gord Fraser, December 23, 1929.
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