Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Flat Walsh
James Walsh, nicknamed "Flat" began his pro hockey career at the age of 29, playing goal for the Detroit Greyhounds of the American Hockey Association in 1926, appearing in six games before being moved to the Montreal Maroons of the NHL.

That first stint in Montreal saw him appear in just two games over two NHL seasons. He moved on to play four games with the New York Americans in 1928-29, before heading back to the Maroons. The pinnacle of Walsh's NHL career came in 1929-30 when he appeared in 30 games, a lot for those days. Walsh would play 49 more games in Montreal over two more seasons before retiring.

In 1930, Clint Benedict became the first NHL goaltender to wear a mask. However, he injured his nose and retired from the league and James "Flat" Walsh was the man who replaced Benedict for the Maroons that season, taking over as the club's number-one goalie.

Walsh appeared in 107 NHL games during a 7-year career

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1914-15 Kingston Collegiate Institute OHA-Jr. 4 3 1 0 0 3.23 3 1 1 1 0 4.33
1915-16 Kingston Frontenacs OHA-Jr. 1 0 1 0 0 7.00
1915-16 Kingston Frontenacs OHA-Sr.
1916-17 Kingston A.C. OHA-Jr. 3 3 0 0 0 2.67 4 3 1 0 0 3.50
1917-18 Kingston A.C. OHA-Int.
1918-19 Kingston A.C. OHA-Int. 4 3 1 0 1 2.75 8 4 4 0 0 3.25
1919-20 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 5 1 3 1 0 4.18
1919-20 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NMHL 14 9 3 2 2 1.68
1920-21 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 9 7 1 1 4 1.47 5 3 2 0 0 4.80
1920-21 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NMHL 16 13 3 0 6 1.61
1921-22 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 8 7 1 0 1 2.16 2 0 1 1 0 3.50
1921-22 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NMHL 12 11 1 0 1 1.33
1922-23 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 8 4 4 0 0 2.77 2 1 0 1 0 2.00
1922-23 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Al-Cup 5 4 1 0 0 3.40
1923-24 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 7 6 1 0 0 2.85 7 5 2 0 2 1.57
1924-25 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA
1925-26 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds CHL 32 1 3.13
1926-27 Detroit Greyhounds AHA 6 0 6 0 0 3.83
1926-27 Montreal Maroons NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1927-28 Montreal Maroons NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1.50
1928-29 New York Americans NHL 4 2 0 2 3 0.23
1928-29 Montreal Maroons NHL 7 1 4 2 1 1.07
1929-30 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 16 10 4 2 2.34 4 1 3 0 1 2.12
1930-31 Montreal Maroons NHL 16 7 7 2 2 2.25
1931-32 Montreal Maroons NHL 27 14 10 3 2 2.77 4 1 1 2 1 1.16
1931-32 New Haven Eagles Can-Am 18 7 9 2 6 1.46
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 22 8 11 3 2 2.58
1932-33 Quebec Castors Can-Am 3 2 1 0 2 1.00
NHL Totals 108 48 43 16 12 2.31 8 2 4 2 2 1.68


Signed as a free agent by Detroit (AHA), June 23, 1926. Signed as a free agent by Mtl. Maroons after Detroit (AHA) franchise folded, December, 1926. Loaned to NY Americans by Mtl. Maroons until NHL and club resolved the status of Roy Worters' contract, November 15, 1928.
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