Early Hockey at its best

On December 26, 1917, Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron became the first defenceman in the National Hockey League to score four goals in one game.

Cameron scored a total of 17 goals and 10 assists in the 21 games he played in the 1917-18 season. Although his rookie season showed some promise, he was out of the league after five seasons. His time in the NHL was accompanied by playoff appearances in 1918 and 1922. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

After playing in the pros, Cameron went to the Saskatoon Crescents in the Western Hockey League. He also played in the American Hockey League with the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Louis Flyers. He retired from hockey after the 1932-33 season at the age of 42. He played his final season with the Saskatoon Crescents. He followed his career as a player by coaching the Saskatoon Standards Senior Hockey team.

Cameron’s name was put down in history when he became the first player to be able to curve his shot off of a straight stick.


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