Cecil (Tiny) Thompson

#
Chicago Blackhawks

Cecil (Tiny) Thompson

(May 31, 1903 — Feb. 9, 1981)

Born in Sandon, B.C., Cecil had a stellar playing career as a goaltender over 10 seasons with Boston Bruins and two with Detroit Red Wings. With Boston, he won four Vezina Trophies, and a Stanley Cup in his rookie season (1928-29). Aside from those awards, Cecil was the first NHL goaltender to be credited with an assist (1936) and still holds Bruins’ record for career shutouts (74).

After retiring as player, Cecil coached two seasons (1940-42) with AHL’s Buffalo Bisons before leaving to serve in Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war, he joined the Chicago Blackhawks as chief western scout in 1945 and was there through 1976-77. Nicknamed Tiny in minor hockey where, as a teenager, he was tallest player (5-foot-10) on his team, Cecil was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1959.