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Cooney Weiland

Born:Nov 5, 1904Draft: Undrafted
Hometown:Egmondville, OntarioPosition:Centre
Known For:2x Stanley Cup Champion (1929, 1939)Shoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Cooney Weiland (November 5, 1904 – July 3, 1985) was a Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Boston Bruins during the 1938-39 season. Weiland debuted in the NHL in the 1928-29 season after three strong seasons with the Minneapolis Millers of the CHL/AHA. In his rookie season, he and the Bruins captured their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and he followed it up the following season by going on a tear with 43 goals and 73 points in 44 games. It was the same year the NHL implemented forward-motion passes, but with the offside rule not in effect, Weiland took full advantage. Along with teammates Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor, the trio were dubbed the Bruins’ “Dynamite Line.”

The Dynamite Line- Dit Clapper, Dutch Gainor and Cooney Weiland

After the conclusion of the 1931-32 season, Weiland played parts of three seasons with the Ottawa HC (Senators) and Detroit Red Wings, even leading the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup final in 1934. He re-joined the Bruins for the 1935-26 season and appeared in four more seasons, becoming the team’s captain in his final playing year. Just like he debuted in the league, Weiland’s final season concluded with a Stanley Cup win. Weiland added a third Stanley Cup ring to his collection in 1941 as the team’s head coach.

His passion and loyalty to the city of Boston led to a post-career job as the Bruins head coach for two seasons, and another four years behind the bench of their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Following his departure from the league, he became a household name with Harvard University, serving as the hockey team’s head coach for 21 years, from 1950 to 1971. Weiland passed away in 1985 at the age of 80.

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Staff History

  • Boston Bruins (Head Coach) 1939-1941
  • Hershey Bears, AHL (Head Coach) 1941-1945
  • New Haven Eagles, AHL (Head Coach) 1945-1946
  • New Haven Ramblers, AHL (Head Coach) 1946-1947
  • Harvard University, NCAA (Head Coach) 1950-1971

Achievements

  • 3x NHL Stanley Cup Champion (1929, 1939, 1941)
  • NHL Most Game Winning Goals (14) (1930)
  • NHL Most Goals (Maurice Richard Trophy) (43) (130)
  • NHL Most Points (Art Ross Trophy) (73) (1930)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1935)
  • NHL First All-Star Team Coach (1941)
  • 2x NCAA (Overall) Coach of the Year (Spencer Penrose Trophy) (1955, 1971)
  • NCAA (ECAC) Champion (1963)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (1972)
  • NHL Contribution to U.S. Hockey (Lester Patrick Trophy) (1972)

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