19 Facts About King Clancy


Francis Michael "King" Clancy was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, referee, coach and executive.

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King Clancy was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams and won All-Star honours.

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King Clancy joined the Maple Leafs organization and worked in the organization as a coach and team executive until his death in 1986.

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In 2017 King Clancy was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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King Clancy played for junior teams in the Ottawa area and began his NHL career in his hometown playing for the Senators, where he would establish himself among the league's top players helping the Senators to Stanley Cup wins in 1923 and 1927.

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On October 11,1930, coming off the most productive season of his career, with 17 goals and 40 points in 44 games with the Senators, King Clancy was traded to the Maple Leafs, with Toronto manager Conn Smythe giving up $35,000 and two players for him.

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King Clancy retired as the top scoring defenceman in NHL history, with 283 career points.

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Season after his retirement as a player, King Clancy briefly coached the Montreal Maroons before beginning an 11-year stint as an NHL referee.

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King Clancy was released after two losing seasons, and rejoined the Maple Leafs organization as coach of the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Pittsburgh Hornets.

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King Clancy held the job for three years, however the team struggled, with each successive season worse than the one before it.

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King Clancy was then appointed assistant general manager by his friend, Conn Smythe, although his responsibilities often involved public relations at least as much as building a hockey team.

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King Clancy remained assistant general manager-coach through the 1960s, working under Punch Imlach.

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When Imlach was fired in 1969, King Clancy initially said he would leave with him, but was persuaded to stay with the Leafs and was made a vice-president, a decision which did not go over well with Imlach, although the two later reconciled.

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King Clancy remained in the Leafs' front office for the rest of his life.

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King Clancy died November 10,1986, at age 83 and was buried in Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario.

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King Clancy was associated with professional hockey for 65 years at the time of his death, a record since equaled by Marcel Pronovost, and the longest such tenure in NHL history.

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King Clancy's great granddaughter, Laura Stacey, won the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF Under 18 women's hockey championships and was a member of the Canadian National Under 18 team that participated in a three-game series vs the US in August 2011.

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King Clancy would go on to claim a gold medal for the under-18 team at the 2012 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship.

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King Clancy has won a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics and another one at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship.

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