23 Facts About Frank Calder


Frank Sellick Calder was a British-born Canadian ice hockey executive, journalist, and athlete.


Frank Calder served as the last acting president of the NHL's predecessor league, the National Hockey Association, and was instrumental in the transition from the NHA to the NHL, a transition made to expel a franchise owner.


Frank Calder presided over the expansion of the NHL from Canada into the United States, while at the same time fending off rivals to the NHL's status as the premier North American ice hockey league.


Frank Calder participated in many English sports as a youth, including rugby, cricket, handball, golf, and soccer.


Frank Calder married a fellow teacher, Amelia Cole, and they had three sons and one daughter.


Frank Calder worked as a sports editor at the Montreal Witness.


Frank Calder maintained his interest in sports, creating the Montreal School Rugby League.


Frank Calder was the secretary-treasurer of the Montreal Football Association in 1903 and remained in that position until at least 1911, when he represented the organization at the time of the founding of the Province of Quebec Football Association.


Frank Calder was elected a member of the executive committee of the PQFA in 1911 and 1912.


On November 15,1914, Frank Calder was appointed secretary-treasurer of the National Hockey Association.


At the time, Calder was the secretary-treasurer when Frank Robinson resigned as president of the NHA in 1917.


Frank Calder arranged meetings between the NHA's owners to figure out how to get rid of Livingstone, and decided to form a new league.


Frank Calder was elected president of the new league, which was officially established on November 26,1917.


In 1926, Frank Calder first arranged a co-operation agreement with the new American Hockey Association, then broke it upon learning that Livingstone owned the Chicago Cardinals franchise.


Frank Calder declared that several Cardinals players belonged to the NHL's Chicago franchise, or other teams, and arranged for the ouster of Livingstone from the AHA.


Frank Calder was adamant that minorities would not be restricted from participation in the NHL.


In February 1938, Frank Calder terminated the NHL's agreement with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association which governed signing of amateur players.


Frank Calder met with W G Hardy of the CAHA after a player suspended by the NHL was registered by a CAHA team.


The differences were not resolved and Frank Calder told NHL teams that they could approach any junior player with a contract offer.


Frank Calder was presiding over a meeting of the NHL's Board of Governors on January 25,1943, when he suffered a heart attack, followed by another in a Toronto hospital.


Frank Calder is interred in the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.


Frank Calder was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 as a builder.


Frank Calder was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.