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George Reginald Horner
Horner
Name George Reginald Horner
Position Defence
Date of Birth May 29, 1909
Birthplace Hamilton, ON, Canada
Date of Death April 27, 2005
Professional Career 1928-1940
Toronto Captain 1938-1940
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

CareerEdit

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.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular Season Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1928-1929 22 0 0 0 30
1929-1930 33 2 7 9 96
1930-1931 42 1 11 12 71
1931-1932 42 7 9 16 97
1932-1933 48 3 8 11 144
1933-1934 40 11 10 21 146
1934-1935 46 4 8 12 125
1935-1936 43 2 9 11 167
1936-1937 48 3 9 12 124
1937-1938 47 4 20 24 92
1938-1939 48 4 10 14 85
1939-1940 31 1 9 10 87
TOTALS 490 42 110 152 1264


Playoff Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1928-1929 4 1 0 1 2
1930-1931 2 0 0 0 4
1931-1932 7 2 2 4 20
1932-1933 9 1 0 1 10
1933-1934 5 1 0 1 6
1934-1935 7 0 1 1 4
1935-1936 9 1 2 3 22
1936-1937 2 0 0 0 7
1937-1938 7 0 1 1 14
1938-1939 10 1 2 3 26
1939-1940 9 0 2 2 55
TOTALS 71 7 10 17 170

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