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Clarence Henry Day
Day
Name Clarence Henry Day
Position Left Wing / Defence
Date of Birth June 1, 1901
Birthplace Owen Sound, ON, Canada
Date of Death February 17, 1990
Drafted Signed out of University of Toronto in 1924
Professional Career 1924-1938
Toronto Captain 1927-1937
Hall of Fame 1961

Clarence Henry "Happy" Day, also known as "Hap Day", was a former professional hockey player who played fourteen professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Americans. In addition to his playing career, Day also served as referee, coach, and general manager in his lifetime. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, Day has won the Stanley Cup championship a total of seven times: once as a player in 1932, five times as a coach (1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949), and once as an assistant manager (1951).

CareerEdit

Day was born in Owen Sound, Ontario on June 1, 1901. He played for the Hamilton Tigers of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1922–23 and 1923–24, and then joined the varsity team at the University of Toronto, where he was enrolled as a pharmacy major. Day was persuaded to turn professional in 1924 by Charlie Querrie, owner of the Toronto St. Patricks. He played left wing in his rookie season and then switched to defence, where he would remain for the rest of his career. He became team captain in 1926.

In 1927, the St. Patricks were purchased by Conn Smythe and renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smythe kept Day as team captain. He also became a partner in Smythe's sand and gravel business. After Smythe acquired star defenceman King Clancy from the Ottawa Senators in 1931, Day and Clancy formed one of the top defence pairings in the NHL. The team won the Stanley Cup in 1932. While still playing for the Maple Leafs, Day became coach of the West Toronto Nationals OHA junior team and led them to a Memorial Cup victory in 1936. On September 23 1937, Day was sold to the New York Americans and spent one season there before retiring as a player in 1938. His 11-year tenure as captain of the St. Patricks/Maple Leafs is second only to George Armstrong.

Day worked as a referee for the next two years before returning to the Leafs as coach. He guided the team through the 1940s, winning the Stanley Cup five times in 10 seasons. He is still the second-most prolific coach in Maple Leafs history.

Smythe promoted Day to assistant general manager in 1950. His name was engraved on the cup a seventh time in 1951. In 1955, Smythe gave Day control over most hockey operations, but remained general manager on paper. Just after the Leafs were eliminated in the playoffs in March 1957, Day was publicly embarrassed by Smythe, who told the media that he didn't know if Day was available to return to the Leafs for the following season. Officially, Day resigned, but behind the scenes he had been pushed out, and was replaced by a committee headed by Smythe's son Stafford Smythe.

Day retired to enter business life, running Elgin Handles in St. Thomas, Ontario until selling it to his son in 1977. Day was almost convinced by Jack Kent Cooke to become the first general manager of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967, but decided not to take the job, recommending Larry Regan instead.

Day died in St. Thomas at the age of 88 in 1990. He and his number 4 were honoured (but not retired) by the Maple Leafs on October 4, 2006 at the Air Canada Centre.

Career StatisticsEdit

As PlayerEdit

Regular Season Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1924-1925 26 10 12 22 27
1925-1926 36 14 2 16 26
1926-1927 44 11 5 16 50
1927-1928 27 9 8 17 48
1928-1929 44 6 6 12 85
1929-1930 43 7 14 21 77
1930-1931 44 1 13 14 56
1931-1932 47 7 8 15 33
1932-1933 47 6 14 20 46
1933-1934 48 9 10 19 35
1934-1935 45 2 4 6 38
1935-1936 44 1 13 14 41
1936-1937 48 3 4 7 20
1937-1938 43 0 3 3 14
TOTALS 586 86 116 202 596


Playoff Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1928-1929 4 1 0 1 4
1930-1931 2 0 3 3 7
1931-1932 7 3 3 6 6
1932-1933 9 0 1 1 21
1933-1934 5 0 0 0 6
1934-1935 7 0 0 0 4
1935-1936 9 0 0 0 8
1936-1937 2 0 0 0 0
1937-1938 6 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 51 4 7 11 56


As Head CoachEdit

Regular Season Statistics
Year Gp W L T Playoff Result
1940-1941 48 28 14 6 Lost in first round
1941-1942 48 27 18 3 Won Stanley Cup
1942-1943 50 22 19 9 Lost in first round
1943-1944 50 23 23 4 Lost in first round
1944-1945 50 24 22 4 Won Stanley Cup
1945-1946 50 19 24 7 Did not qualify
1946-1947 60 31 19 10 Won Stanley Cup
1947-1948 60 32 15 13 Won Stanley Cup
1948-1949 60 22 25 13 Won Stanley Cup
1949-1950 70 31 27 12 Lost in first round
TOTALS 546 259 206 81 5 Stanley Cups

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