Top 100 Habs: #32

#32: Sprague Cleghorn

Like his brother, Odie, Sprague Cleghorn was one of the first stars of the NHL.

Sprague Cleghorn

Sprague Cleghorn

Cleghorn started his career earlier than his brother, playing for several teams in the NHA (the precursor to the NHL) and the NHL before going to the Canadiens in 1921.

In his first season, he scored 17 goals in 24 games, an amazing feat for anyone. But Cleghorn played defence. That would equal 58 goals in today’s NHL.

He played four seasons with the Canadiens, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 1924.

Cleghorn was also known for being one of the dirtiest players of the game, and the Habs suspended him once for his dirty play.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958, and was named by the Hockey News as one of the top 100 players of all-time in 1998.

For more information on Sprague Cleghorn:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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