|George Reginald Horner|
|Name||George Reginald Horner|
|Date of Birth||May 29, 1909|
|Birthplace||Hamilton, ON, Canada|
|Date of Death||April 27, 2005|
|Hall of Fame||1965|
George Reginald "Red" Horner was a former professional hockey player who played twelve professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horner was captain of the Maple Leafs from 1938 until his retirement in 1940. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, Horner was a former Stanley Cup champion, winning the Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs in 1932
As a junior player, Horner played for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League. When he began his professional career, he remained in the city of Toronto, signing with the Maple Leafs. In his NHL career, Horner had the role of enforcer with the Maple Leafs, and retired with 42 goals, 110 assists and 1,264 penalty minutes in 490 regular season games. His election to the Hall of Fame has been controversial, as he was never regarded as the best defencemen on even his own team until the final two seasons of his career. For much of his career, Horner's contemporaries were the Hall of Famers King Clancy and Hap Day, who were consistently regarded as Toronto's top pair of defencemen. His qualification for the Hall of Fame appears to rest more on his unprecedented and unequaled eight straight seasons as the NHL penalty minute leader. He retired as the league's all-time penalty minute leader, a mark he held until Ted Lindsay broke it in the late 1950's.
After retiring from hockey in 1940, Horner had dual residences in Florida and Toronto. In Toronto he became involved in business ventures for several companies, including the Elias Rogers Fuels Limited and the Canada Coal Company Limited, where he later became President before retiring. On February 13, 1999, Horner was involved in the opening ceremonies for the 65th anniversary of Maple Leaf Gardens, and its closing the same day. Horner was also involved in the opening of the Air Canada Centre.
Horner was the last surviving member of the 1932 Stanley Cup champion Maple Leafs team. He was also the oldest living member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and believed to be the oldest living NHL player at the time of his death. Horner was buried in Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery in Toronto.