Defenseman Raymie Skilton spent four seasons with Boston of the All-American Hockey League and was enjoying a highly productive fifth year when he was summoned to the National Hockey League for a one-game appearance during the 1917-18 campaign.
Skilton, who was a munitions expert that the US government posted in Montreal and his eagerness to play the game led to him signing with the Wanderers at the bargain basement price of just one dollar on December 21, 1917.
Skilton, who was born on September 26th, 1899 in Cambridge, Massachusetts just missed the honour of being the first ever American in the NHL. Earlier that season a fellow Massachusetts native was inked to a deal by the Wanderers. Skilton was held scoreless in his only NHL match.
In 1918-19 military service kept Skilton off the ice and when his obligations were finished he did not return to hockey. After a year of retirement Skilton laced up the skates again and joined the Boston Shoe Traders of the United States Amateur Hockey Association. Skilton played three years in the league, all in Boston where he spent his entire career with the exception of his NHL game then retired from the game for good in 1923.