Smokey Harris

Smokey Harris
Smokey Harris with the 1913–14 Vancouver Millionaires.
Born (1890-10-11)October 11, 1890
Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada
Died June 4, 1974(1974-06-04) (aged 83)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Millionaires
Portland Rosebuds
Vancouver Maroons
Seattle Metropolitans
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Eskimos
Playing career 19111932

Thomas Wilfred "Smokey, Fred" Harris (October 11, 1890 – June 4, 1974) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Harris played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL). Harris was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. His brother Henry was also a professional ice hockey player. Harris scored the first goal in Boston Bruins' franchise history.

Hockey career

Harris first played senior hockey with the Kenora Thistles in the 1909–10 season. In 1911, he joined the Vancouver Millionaires of the PCHA, playing three seasons before being traded to the Portland Rosebuds before the 1914–15 season. He played four seasons for Portland. Portland won the PCHA championship in 1916, briefly taking over the Stanley Cup before losing it in the 1916 Stanley Cup Finals to the Montreal Canadiens. After Portland folded, Harris returned to the Millionaires, playing another five seasons. With Vancouver, Harris played in the 1921 and 1923 Stanley Cup series, both times against the Ottawa Senators. After one season, with the Seattle Metropolitans, he was traded to the Boston Bruins of the NHL, scoring the Bruins' first-ever NHL goal on December 1, 1924 in the team's NHL debut game against the other NHL expansion team that year, the Montreal Maroons.[1] He played six games for the Bruins before being traded again, to the Vancouver Maroons of the WCHL, the renamed Millionaires franchise. After one season with Vancouver, Harris moved to California where, except for 1926–27 where he played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Prairie League, he played out his career for teams in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the California Pro League. His final season was 1931–32 for the San Francisco Rangers. He was briefly playing coach for Richfield Oil in 1925–26, and coached a full season for the Hollywood Millionaires in 1929–30.

Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1910–11Kenora ThistlesMHL-Pro.6130132303
1912Vancouver MillionairesPCHA1540455
1912–13Vancouver MillionairesPCHA161462061
1913–14Vancouver MillionairesPCHA151431733
1914–15Portland RosebudsPCHA181431739
1915–16Portland RosebudsPCHA181061675
Stanley Cup540421
1916–17Portland RosebudsPCHA2318133139
1917–18Portland RosebudsPCHA8651119
1919Vancouver MillionairesPCHA20196251922023
1919–20Vancouver MillionairesPCHA221411251220110
1920–21Vancouver MillionairesPCHA24151732626280
Stanley Cup52136
1921–22Vancouver MillionairesPCHA231041421
1922–23Vancouver MaroonsPCHA20106162620000
Stanley Cup41018
1923–24Seattle MetropolitansPCHA30810183020004
1924–25Boston BruinsNHL63148
1924–25Vancouver MaroonsWCHL1401116
1926–27Edmonton EskimosPrHL3212122468
1927–28Los Angeles RichfieldsCal-Pro211051526
1928–29San Francisco TigersCal-Pro3613132643
1929–30Hollywood MillionairesCal-Pro427121928
1930–31San Francisco TigersCal-Pro3181018
1931–32San Francisco RangersCal-Pro303811
PCHA totals 25215690246416 1083117
Cal-Pro totals 16041488997
Stanley Cup totals 1471835

Awards

  • PCHA First All-Star Team – 1913, 1916, 1920
  • PCHA Second All-Star Team – 1922

Transactions

  • January 1, 1914 – Traded to Portland (PCHA) by Vancouver (PCHA) for Ken Mallen
  • November 29, 1918 – Transferred to Vancouver (PCHA) after Portland (PCHA) franchise folded
  • October 30, 1923 – Traded to Seattle (PCHA) by Vancouver (PCHA) for cash
  • November 2, 1924 – Traded to Boston (NHL) by Seattle (PCHA) for cash
  • December 21, 1924 - Traded to Vancouver (WCHL) by Boston for cash
  • December 3, 1926 – Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (PrHL)
  • October 17, 1927 – Signed as a free agent by LA Richfield (Cal-Pro)

References

  1. Pelletier, Joseph (June 2011). "Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends.com - Smokey Harris". bruinslegends.blogspot.com. bruinslegends.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
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