42 Facts About Art Ross


Arthur Howe Ross was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and executive from 1905 until 1954.

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Art Ross was on Stanley Cup championship teams twice in a playing career that lasted thirteen seasons; in January 1907 with the Kenora Thistles and 1908 with the Montreal Wanderers.

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Art Ross would go on to coach the team on three separate occasions until 1945 and stayed as general manager until his retirement in 1954.

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Art Ross helped the Bruins finish first place in the league ten times and to win the Stanley Cup three times; Art Ross personally coached the team to two of those victories.

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Art Ross created a style of hockey puck still used today, and advocated an improved style of goal nets, a change that lasted forty years.

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In 1947 Ross donated the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the leading scorer of the NHL regular season.

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Art Ross spent his early years at the trading post, and first learned to skate on the nearby lake.

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Art Ross grew up speaking English, and was taught French by his mother, and later in life claimed he knew Ojibwe and Montagnais.

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Art Ross married Peter McKenzie, who was the Chief Factor for HBC in the region in 1895.

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In Montreal Art Ross attended Westmount Academy, and became active in a variety of sports, though he was best at hockey and Canadian football.

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Art Ross first played in a senior league in 1905, joining Montreal Westmount of the Canadian Amateur Hockey League, the top amateur league in Canada.

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Art Ross's opponents regarded him as one of the best rushing defencemen.

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Art Ross joined the Wanderers, the team he had helped to defeat, who played in the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association, the successor league to the CAHL as the premier league in the country.

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Art Ross helped the team to finish first in the ECAHA and retain the Cup in 1908 with challenges from Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto.

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The Wanderers were Cup champions throughout these challenges, so Art Ross became the second player to win the Cup with different teams in consecutive years, after Jack Marshall in 1901 and 1902.

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Art Ross, who scored four goals in four games in the CHA, then signed with the Haileybury Comets of the National Hockey Association, a league formed in December 1909, which proved to be the stronger replacement to the ECAHA as the highest level of hockey in Canada.

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Art Ross received $2,700 to play in the 1910 season, which lasted from January to March, playing twelve games for the team and finishing with six goals.

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The players, including Art Ross, were unhappy as this would result in a pay decrease, and began looking to form their own league without a cap.

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Art Ross scored four goals in eleven games with the Wanderers, who finished fourth in the five-team league.

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The following season Art Ross had eleven goals in nineteen games as the Wanderers improved to second in the league.

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Art Ross responded by declaring himself a free agent and claiming his contract with the Wanderers was no longer valid.

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The proposed new league failed to materialize and Art Ross applied for reinstatement to the NHA, which was granted at a meeting of the team owners on December 18,1914.

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Art Ross scored six goals and had two assists in sixteen games for the team.

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In 1915, Art Ross was the Coach of The Canadian Grenadier Guards Hockey Club.

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Art Ross's next coaching appointment arose from meeting Boston grocery store magnate Charles Adams during the 1924 Stanley Cup Finals.

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Adams instructed Art Ross to come up with a nickname portraying an untamed animal displaying speed, agility and cunning.

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Art Ross utilized his many hockey connections throughout Canada and the United States to sign players.

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The team's manager, Conn Smythe, who later owned and managed the Toronto Maple Leafs, said that his team could easily defeat the Bruins—Art Ross's team had won only two of their first fifteen NHL games.

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Art Ross realized the potential talent available and convinced Adams to pay the money.

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Art Ross signed goaltender Cecil "Tiny" Thompson in 1928, who was with a team in Minnesota, despite never watching him play; Ralph "Cooney" Weiland was brought over from Minnesota.

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Art Ross acquired Cy Denneny from Ottawa and made him a player-assistant-coach while he assumed the role of coach and team manager.

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The players signed by Art Ross helped the Bruins to improve quickly, and they won the Stanley Cup in 1929.

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On March 26,1931, Art Ross substituted a sixth skater for goaltender Tiny Thompson in the final minute of play in a playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Several days later, Art Ross relieved Patrick of his duties and assumed the role of coach.

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Art Ross had recently signed three players, Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart, who all grew up together in Kitchener, Ontario, and had them play on the same line, soon nicknamed the Kraut Line in reference to the German heritage of all three.

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The next season the Bruins won 36 of 48 games, and won the Stanley Cup in the playoffs; Art Ross was named to the first All-Star team as the best coach in the league for the season and the team only tied two games, which is tied for the second fewest in a season.

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On November 11,1943, Art Ross became the first NHL coach to pull the goaltender for an extra attacker when he pulled goaltender Bert Gardiner for an extra attacker to go for the tie against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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In 1949, Art Ross had signed Georges Boucher as coach, but Boucher did not work well with Art Ross and team president Weston Adams.

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Art Ross' design had bevel edges, which prevented it bouncing too much, and used synthetic rubber, rather than the natural rubber previously in vogue.

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In 1906 Art Ross resigned from the bank, and instead joined the Wheat City Flour Mills Company.

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Art Ross was named coach and manager of the Boston Bruins in 1924 and moved his family to Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, after being hired.

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Art Ross became a naturalized American citizen on April 22,1938.

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