Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jake Forbes
Netminder Jake Forbes made over 200 NHL appearances during a pro career that lasted two decades. He was one of the most prominent goalies of the 1920s through his endurance on the ice and his staunch opinions off it.

The Toronto native played amateur hockey with the local Aura Lee and Goodyears clubs before signing as a free agent with the NHL's St. Pats. He played five games late in the 1919-20 season then 20 contests the next year. "Jumpin Jackie" made headlines when he refused to accept the contract submitted by Toronto and was consequently suspended for the entire 1921-22 schedule. After sitting out the year he was traded to the Hamilton Tigers for cash.

Forbes led the NHL in appearances all three years he played in Steeltown. In 1924-25 he recorded six shutouts and topped all NHL netminders with 19 wins. A short time later he was involved in another labour dispute when the Tigers rebelled against their owners. The NHL stepped in and oversaw the transfer of the entire team to New York where they were re-born as the Americans. During his first two seasons there, Forbes led the NHL with 36 then 44 appearances. On December 15, 1925 he worked opposite Georges Vezina of the Canadiens in the first NHL contest played in the Big Apple. Despite the 3-1 score in Montreal's favour, Forbes was one of the game's stars.

In 1927-28, Forbes lost his job and was relegated to the New Haven Eagles of the Can-Am League. He played a couple of games for New York in the late 1920s the saw action in two contests as an emergency replacement for the woeful Philadelphia Quakers in 1930-31. Over the next two seasons the veteran bacsktopper continued to toil in the Can-Am League and suit up with the Amerks when they were in dire straits. He played his last three years in the IAHL then retired in 1936.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1916-17 Toronto Aura Lee OHA-Jr. 6 6 0 0 0 2.33 6 4 2 0 0 3.00
1917-18 Toronto Aura Lee OHA-Jr. 4 3 1 0 0 3.25
1918-19 Toronto Goodyears TIHL
1919-20 Toronto Aura Lee OHA-Jr. 6 2 4 0 0 4.50
1919-20 Toronto Goodyears TIHL
1919-20 Toronto St. Pats NHL 5 2 3 0 0 4.20
1920-21 Toronto St. Pats NHL 20 13 7 0 0 3.83 2 0 2 0 0 3.50
1921-22 Toronto St. Pats NHLMGNT
1922-23 Hamilton Tigers NHL 24 6 18 0 0 4.49
1923-24 Hamilton Tigers NHL 24 9 15 0 1 2.75
1924-25 Hamilton Tigers NHL 30 19 10 1 6 1.96
1925-26 New York Americans NHL 36 12 20 4 2 2.30
1926-27 New York Americans NHL 44 17 25 2 8 2.01
1927-28 New York Americans NHL 16 3 11 2 2 3.12
1927-28 Providence Reds Can-Am 13 2 1.46
1927-28 Niagara Falls Cataracts Can-Pro 8 1 2.00
1928-29 New York Americans NHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1928-29 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 26 9 1.06 2 1 1 0 0 1.95
1929-30 New York Americans NHL 1 0 0 1 0 0.86
1929-30 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 40 3 2.44
1930-31 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 40 3 3.37
1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers NHL 2 0 2 0 0 3.50
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 6 3 3 0 0 2.67
1931-32 Springfield Indians Can-Am 3 0 5.05
1931-32 Bronx Tigers Can-Am 7 0 2.09
1932-33 New York Americans NHL 1 0 0 1 0 1.71
1932-33 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 5 0 3.11
1933-34 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 36 6 2.41
1934-35 Syracuse Stars IHL 8 5 3 0 0 2.47
1934-35 London Tecumsehs IHL 8 4 3 1 0 2.40 5 2 3 0 1 2.25
1935-36 Rochester Cardinals IHL 5 2 3 0 0 4.00
1935-36 Syracuse Stars IHL 5 2 3 0 0 2.73
NHL Totals 210 85 114 11 19 2.75 2 0 2 0 0 3.50


Can-Am First All-Star Team (1930) Signed as a free agent by Toronto, February 28, 1920.
Suspended for entire 1921-22 season by Toronto for refusing to accept contract terms, December 12, 1921. Traded to Hamilton by Toronto for cash, May 27, 1922. Rights transferred to NY Americans after NHL club purchased Hamilton franchise, November 7, 1925. Loaned to Providence (Can-Am) by NY Americans for cash, December 7, 1927. Loan transferred to Niagara Falls (Can-Pro) from Providence (Can-Am) by NY Americans, January 12, 1928. Loaned to Philadelphia by NY Americans (New Haven-AHL) to replace injured Wilf Cude, January 13 (Montreal 2, Philadelphia 1) and January 17 (Detroit 5, Philadelphia 2), 1931.
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